Friday, July 17, 2020

Over the river...

Can it be, really?  Over a year since I posted.  Wow!  Does not seem like the time flew.  It seemed like we were just in Alabama not long ago.  So, here is our update and hopefully it will be more often. We have been in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana so far this year.
This is right next to Great Falls KOA, MT

They were running from way out there to come see us.  Beautiful!

They followed us from one end to the fence to the other. 

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One of my favorite pics.  We share the front seat.  We had traveled a long time, about 6 hours, everyone except Cleo was tired.

Home Sweet Home.  The trailer is now gone, we have a tow dolly.

Neligh NE, Trail of Tears went through here too. 

This is my classroom.  3.5 yrs teaching on the road.  The kids love the views from the window. 

5369 classes.  I write down every lesson, the stickies are the name of the student I am teaching. Doing my part to reuse. 

My faith runs deep and wide.  I have used these lessons many times because faith starts out like a mustard seed and then it can move mountains.

Mackinac Bridge.  Beautiful.

This is my uncle!  I am 7 generations from him.  He did what he was told. Gettysburg PA. Custer Lane. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Trust and VIPKID travels!

Update:::::4/30/2019 -530 pm!! Now four shocks have to be replaced!!!!!! Uhhhhhggggghhhhh--ouch! The workers came over at about 2:20 and said we can work on the motorhome now! So it took Steven I about 15 minutes to tear down I had to hurry up and get the dishes done cuz I usually do them at night, and we're here! We may be able to take off in the morning! So I have two classes in the morning, 6:30, and 7. So we're going to get the road in the morning and we have four days to do with whatever we want.- hahaha! Just kidding right? NO! They have to order the shocks, sit tight. I CAN'T just sit tight!

We have been in Nacogdoches TX for over a week. We came to replace our water heater and get a buzzer taken off. But they did a 24 point free inspection and found out we needed the suspension airbags and when they put them on, they found out we needed shocks when they put the airbags in. This is going to cost us about $6,000! 

Being full time RVers is not always easy, not always an adventure,  and not always going the way you want it to.  It is a road less traveled and a road that is not for wimps.  You are in a small space with your loved one, dogs, cats, 340 square feet and no place to really escape!  Traveling is fun, but for us it takes a lot of planning!

Working with VIPKID as an ESL teacher has some incredible benefits!  We are able to work all over the world!  60,000 teachers who speak English as a first language, have their bachelor's degree, who have taught in a school setting, teaching credentials or willing to take VIPKIDS Tesol (Teaching English), before you are put into the classroom.  That is a hard but not bad test.  It takes about 15 hours to complete but it takes commitment. In fact this job takes a huge amount of commitment.  

If you call in sick to work, if you don't like to work or you are a complainer, this job is not for you. 
If you are committed to loving others in other countries, you are excited to see what you are capable of, you are excited to teach and stay home or make extra cash then apply.  You will find a ton of information on YOU TUBE, Nancy Taylor is amazing and Awesome.   Stephanie Rivera is too. Both are helpful, kind, caring and their videos are too. 

If you are looking at being a digital nomad, you will need Verizon or AT&T because these networks are strong in most places.  National Parks, nothing works there! 

This is an incredible blessing to me and my family. 

If you want to join me as a teacher for VIPKID, you will be an independent contractor, you will pay your own taxes, depending on your state. You can take of your supplies on your taxes or you can take off a lump sum. 

VIPKID Janette

No matter how brave we are, we here in the Sanne rolling house, still need Jesus daily. We need HIM to take on these feelings of anger, hurt, rejection, pride, and more. We need HIM daily. Every breath we breathe, every step we take, we need HIM. No matter how much we planned, we have to trust that HE has a better plan. As I pray these prayers, I am broken into tiny pieces- pride, hopes, plans, money, rejection, storms of life, hard work for the past few months, there they are scattered on the floor waiting. Waiting to be put back in their unrightful place, But they can't be, those are what held up the blessings from flowing down. Sometimes those setbacks are good because they allow the new blessings to come forth. Sometimes the pride of all we have done gets in the way of all God wants to do. We will sit at the feet of Jesus today, humble ourselves and rely on HIM and not our own understanding, but in all our ways, HE will direct our path.

Here I am feeling sorry for ourselves bc we are stuck in the shop. But when I look at what the weather we would have been in, I am grateful that we are here. I am grateful that we will have to plan deeper than before because I have a full load for classes next week and we have to try and travel. We will be taking our time getting up north. Tornadoes and major storms going through OK, KS, AR, but missed upper TX. Snow in Nebraska and Montana. LORD have mercy. Lord Jesus, I am sorry for doubting your goodness for us, but I pray for those affected by these raging storms. These are powerful and they are life threatening Lord, put your angels all around them. Lord, you are the God of ALL, you are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are Jehovah Rapha (our healer), El Elyon (Most High), You are Jehovah Jireh (our provider), El Roi (The God who sees Me), Yahweh Shalom (our peace). You are the I AM. When we call on your name Lord, there is peace! These storms are not from you, they are from the one who roams the earth looking to destroy everything but You oh Lord get blamed for these disasters and storms as "acts of god", but you oh Lord are not that god, you are GOD, The I AM, You oh Lord know the hearts of man, you know the deepest thoughts of man, you oh Lord, come now! Come into the deepest parts of us and redeem us from the hands of the enemy that roams the earth to and fro, looking to whom he can destroy next. Lord, keep us safe in your hands as you take care of the birds in the air, so keep us safe too. Jesus', Amen. 

When I wrote Man Plans his Ways but the LORD directs his steps and makes them sure. Now, we know why we were delayed besides the stabilizing airbags. Be careful! "Dangerous thunderstorms are on the horizon today across portions of the Plains and Midwest. From central Texas northward into the Ozarks, and further north into south-central Illinois, residents will have to watch for threatening skies that will impact their plans this afternoon and evening.
A large system moving across the northern and central Rockies will bring snow to the higher elevations of Colorado and Wyoming today as colder air filters into the Dakotas. Further south, warm and humid air originating from the Gulf of Mexico will travel northward across the central and southern Plains, and into the Middle Mississippi Valley. As these two air-masses collide, the potential for scattered to strong thunderstorms will occur later this afternoon and evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an Enhanced Risk from southwest Missouri into east-central Oklahoma, and extreme northern Texas, for the potential of severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes."

So we pray, we pray for the weather, we pray for our selfish feelings. 
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Because today, I am grateful! I fell in love with Jesus during a tough period in my life. It's been 34 years of really going after God's heart and knowing HIM. Scriptures don't lie but man perverts scripture to fit their own needs and desires. Man waters down the WORD of GOD to fit as well. Global Warming, God said the earth will pass away. But if you don't know scripture and you don't know Jesus or the Trinity, you won't know what some are trying to quote as truth or perverted truth.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

9 years! VIPKID and the RV LIFE

This is an update! 9 years ago this month, we began to say goodbye to St. Paul's. It was a call on our lives to go save the one. That one was a man I did not know well. He was my father. [For some of you, this may be a shock, I only knew him from his visits about 6 of them]. This command to find him came in August the year before. I was praying as I was heading into work at the church on a Sunday. The Lord said "I am calling you out to go find the one that is lost. Then I want you to teach these families to STAND on my word, KNOW MY WORD and teach them to know me". What a year that began! As I write this, the emotions from that year, sit close to the surface. What a powerful year! God called a few people to teach that others may not have. God assured me that HE WAS WORKING IN THEM. There was an urgency in HIS MESSAGE. Happy Anniversary Month for allowing us to follow the CALL.

We live full time on the Road.

 It's something we have been called to do years ago.  In 2009 we were called out of full time ministry working with families and kids.  In 2010 we said goodbye to 165 families and church members and headed out to Campground missions.  Our first stop was OKC OK. We took refuge in learning everything we needed to know about this life.  Our first mission was Milton FL.  We spent 6 mo. there.  Met some incredible people, ended up at the Brownsville Revival Act 2. Became instructors in healing classes and grew.

Long story of disobedience and lack of faith. (We went off the road, bought a house we could not afford, both worked at $9 an hour job with a small retirement pension).  We eventually found better paying jobs, dh went back to work where he retired and they stopped his retirement $$ and saved it for us.  I worked at TX A&M for 2 years.  The road was calling our name.  It got so loud that we could not escape it.  Our travel trailer was sitting in the yard on an RV pad.  That house that we could not afford?  The Lord sold in in a month!

We got back on the road after 3.5 years and this past December after begging The Lord to be in a classroom or church, he showed me VIPKID.  The journey into it was hard and amazing!  They worked with me, through emails and through lost connections.  It was a month later that we got this job.  I believe for me, this was saving grace.  My heart, mind and soul needed this job.

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I have always been a teacher from the time I was really young,  I reared my children, but after homeschooling for 10 years, I worked in a school and a 75 kid ministry on a small Island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

In 2004, when I returned to the states, I got a job as a Church Children's Pastor.

 I needed kids and they needed what I have. What do I believe I have... laughter, joy, deep down joy, high energy, grace, freedom to be whomever you are.

VIPKID, this has been my life line.  I feel needed, wanted and a completeness that I lacked.  So, with that long story, we are heading out of TX next Tuesday (we won't be "home" until next March).  Stopping in Pawhuska OK to see the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile (Ree Drummond). While in Waco, we saw Magnolia Market- Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer upper.   From Pawhuska OK, we will then head up to Nebraska for 3 weeks.  We will be heading into the Battle of the Little Bighorn and to say hello to Janette's family. Then off to Montana for a month.

We will be going from CST to MST.  I am adjusting my schedule accordingly so we will not miss a beat.  I am also using Verizon Mobile broadband, my Verizon Hotspot on my phone, it has worked well over the years.  We upgraded our plan to all Verizon and it has been awesome.  We bought a WEBOOST and use it as needed.

We have lived in about 30 states so far, sometimes overnight, sometimes for weeks at a time. This year is our year of rejoicing!  We rejoice because we know God has a plan for us and we are willingly obeying and trusting and leaving the consequences to HIM.  We remember what happened the last time we went off the road and we don't want that to happen again. So we wait upon HIM.  We have a few directives from HIM. Stopping at Andrew Wommack's Church in Woodland CO to hear a RIGHT NOW word from HIM and we will be doing that the first week of Sept. We will be taking
and incredible journey this season.

 Who can live this life on the road?  Not just anyone, it has to be calling you because you will be unhappy on the road if you are not called to it.  It's not for the faint at heart.  KOA's hire workcampers, Jellystone Parks hire workcampers and some private parks.  States hire volunteers to work 2-3 months at a time for your site, but some are spotty on their internet service or phone service.  The National Parks also have some sites for volunteers.  State and Fed. parks offer full hookups but no pay.  You work about 24 hours a week together or separate.  We just finished working at Lake Corpus Christi state park and worked 25 together, 3 days a week building picnic tables and picking up trash.  Some require you to clean bathhouses, firepits, and anything that needs to be done to keep your area clean. has a job listing, as does Cool Works. KOA workcampers has a FB page, but to join their work job availability site, it's $35 a year and winter jobs are difficult to come by.  Unless you want to stay north during the winter, it's hard to find a  winter job.

RV Spots can vary in price too.  We worked in Vidalia LA at Riverview RV Park and earned a Passport America pass for a year.  This baby has saved us $100's+!

We also have a KOA card and we keep the points on it to use later.  My mom and her kids come visit us wherever we seem to roam up north.

 This has been a spiritual journey for us as well.  Because with a lack of faith, you may be off the road faster than you thought.

Know what your budget is!

If you are thinking about this lifestyle, find an RV that fits you comfortably, one that fits you, your spouse, your kids, your pets and teaching.  Go to as many RV dealers w/o commitment and walk through them, sit in the chairs, lay in the bed, step in the shower, sit on the toilet, stand at the sink, look at the storage, sit on the couch- even lay on it.  Watch the TV, is it comfortable?

  Dream big but spend wisely.  You can put in a washer/dryer or both in them, is this the space that you are willing to give up for saving$5-600 a year on and not use the laundry at the park?

Write out your bucket list.  If you hit your state parks first on the weekends as a weekend warrior to test it and see if this is for you, than you will know, yes or no.  Also WIFI is expensive!  Some parks have free wifi but it won't hold you for classes.  You need a provider that will give you the best for your money.

We are now starting our 4th year on the road and we don't see giving it up anytime soon!

This is our call, campgrounds undercover agents of the Lord.  We bless their socks off and fill their parks.  Sometimes we scare them before we even get there because we have deep joy that it takes to work with the public.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Under the Mackinac Bridge in Upper Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron meet. It was spectacular! 

The expanse of time.  Where does time go?  It's just gone in our memories.  One day passes to the next and sometimes we have a lot to show for it and at times we have nothing to show for it. 
I found a poem that reflect this sentiment.

A Poem About Time

Published: October 2016
Time is slow, time is fast.
It never stops, but it always lasts.
It's time for bed, it's time for school.
To waste your time is to be a fool.

If the time is right, the timing will be perfect.
Having the time of your life will always be worth it.
Some spend their time mad,
Some spend their time sad.
For some people time is all they ever had.

Some spend their time and some people save it.
Some love wasting time and some people hate it.
People waste time being in jail
People waste time being mad when they fail.

Some people have lots of time to spare.
Others spend their time not having a care.
It's time to stop, it's time to go.
Time can move fast or it can move slow.

You can lose yourself or lose your mind,
But as life goes on you will never lose time.

 These are our travel buddies, they love adventures, they love whatever comes their way.  They are excited to see and do whatever is on the plan. 

 Paul Bunyan and Big Blue Ox.  They dominated this area in the folklore.
Dino loves to travel.  He got a bit dirty looking out the window though. 

 This is Roonie, she is a great rig for us.  She is a workhorse and she is amazing!  She has many miles left, but after this trip maybe not as many as we may think.
This is my classroom.  Ready to go!

 This is my lesson book.  I write out every lesson, so I have kept them.  I write all my classes out in a notebook.  I can tell how many classes I have booked, who changed or dropped, and it helps me to look back over the year and see what last year was like for bookings.  It also allows me to see the kids I have had or want back

I love this shelf!  It is a shoe rack.  The baskets, Dollar Tree finds.  These are so easy to grab during class, but also to pull out and use for classes.
 I have changed out my lamps.  I have a lamp now with 5 lights because it needed to be brighter.

We love this life and can not wait to experience the Northwest!
We will be going to and visiting about 16 states this time. We have all our needed reservations and checked on towers and internet in each spot. I will have to work in Pacific time zone, at 2:30 am., ugh! My kids are used to that time. Life is so much fun! I can't wait to show them where we are. I keep a map behind me and have talked about the travels when it comes up. I have stars on the places we have been. I show them the prop of a motorhome I have and I write notes to parents to let them know of our travels.
Every Christmas, I like to include at least one handmade (by us) gift for the boys. This year's gift are these fun slingshots! And yes, Levi is in these photos, playing with his gift before Christm...We will slingshot in this travel.  From East to West, then back. Kind of a figure 8 maybe.  Overall, it will be fun and we will see more than we will be able to absorb.  We will spend from a few days to a month in areas we really want to explore.

We will be going to Memphis after Cleveland TN's conference, to see Graceland and the music areas.
We will need to change the oil after this 10,000 mile trip!  Our biggest one yet! 
We will need to trust in our planning, in our rig, in each other and in HIM above all that.  This is the year of seeing because we don't know what will happen next.  We don't know what tomorrow will bring so we will travel.
Travel as much as you want, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life's not meant to be lived in one place

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HWY 101, Oregon Coast. Mile by mile. The views around Seal Rock and Florence's charming shops are definitely worth the stop! We will be in 4 places on this map: Near Long Beach WA, then to Tillamook OR and Lincoln City OR, down to Crescent City CA for a month.  We will go up to Klamath Falls OR. We will move from there to Salt Lake City UT and eventually to Colorado Springs for a Right Now Word from the Lord through a ministry there.
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Over the river...

Can it be, really?  Over a year since I posted.  Wow!  Does not seem like the time flew.  It seemed like we were just in Alabama not long ag...