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Is It Time to Change Rooms?

That is a question that has no easy answer. Every 6 months, or so, we ask our selves, “Where are we going next?” We’ve met some great people along the way and some not so great. We’ve had fun places to park our RV and some not so fun places.

While in West Virginia last winter, Carol received a call from a that was interested in us coming to Austin, TX and working in two of their RV parks. Discussions centered around the usual topics such as work involved, compensation, and when do we need to be there. After a few phone calls, they offered to fly us to Austin to look at the properties so we would get an idea of what we would be doing. We did that in early April this year.

Based on this contact, we made the decision it was time for us to move back to Texas – the land of great smoked brisket, great sausage, fantastic Gulf seafood and family. I’ve been somewhat reluctant to pick Texas as a destination because Texas is hot in the summer. Spending summers in areas further north, where highs in the 90’s are unusual, has been enjoyable. By moving back to Texas in the late fall, we would be able to acclimate to warmer temperatures gently.

We also considered getting a gate guarding  job in Texas. With the Eagle-Ford Shale drilling operation growing and getting larger, there is a huge need for gate guards on ranches where the drilling takes place. Gate guards can make a lot of money and the work is not hard. It generally requires a 24/7 commitment meaning someone has to be awake at all times. We would have to split our sleep and work schedule. I would not be working as Handyman. We would be registering vehicles in and out of our gate assignment. The length of time on a gate can vary from a few weeks to a few months. We began talking to a couple of gate guarding companies about this work. This looked promising.

So here we are just a few months away for our time at Manchester KOA to come to a close and we do not have a firm commitment from Austin. And we’re not 100% sold on the idea of gate guarding. So, what do we do? We pray, asking God to reveal to us what He wants us to do and where He wants us to go. And He spoke.

I really love what I do as Handyman. I’ve always enjoyed that work. People tell me I am good at it. Next week, we are going on a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Our kids have come together to give us this trip of a lifetime. I jokingly post on Facebook a comment about asking the cruise director if I could apply for a job as Handyman on the ship. That would be way cool, but highly unlikely. Realizing the options of being a Handyman on a cruise ship would be a stretch, I asked a couple of my real estate friends about working with them as Handyman. Just about all realtors use them.

One  realtor said,  her husband does that work for her. The other basically said, “I can keep you as busy as you want.” We asked and God spoke. He said, “This is what I want you to do!” No not literally with words. He spoke to our hearts. Carol and I were in agreement that this is what we would do. She would handle the business side of our new work, while I would do the project stuff.

After spending 20+ years in Corpus Christi, we know lots of people there. This is where our realtor friend, Brenda Marshal, is. But there is a problem. Corpus Christi area is a winter Texan destination spot. We know from previous experience, that it is difficult to get a long-term monthly RV site anywhere in the Corpus area especially in October. We called a few places we were interested in parking only to be told they had no spots available. Only one said they had a waiting list.

On Monday 7/31, Carol called them and found out that Sea Breeze RV in Portland has a temporary space for us through December. After December, we may have to move to a different site, but they will have a long-term space for us after January. Carol worked out the details and called me from my work to let me know we need to give a deposit for our site. This means making a firm commitment to do this. After a few question, I agreed and said, “I don’t know how this is going to work out but I am trusting God to work out the details.”

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “ Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Affirmation

Later than night (7/31) I was checking my email and found one from Rachel Dekker. I never get an email from Rachel Dekker. She is the oldest daughter of Ted Dekker, who is one of my favorite Christian authors. They have my email address from an on-line Bible study I recently completed, The Forgotten Way. Her email describes a scenario where she needs to step out of her comfort zone (room) to complete a task at hand.  I am hoping she will give me permission to share her message in a future blog post. Trust me when I say, her email was a huge affirmation of our decision.

Then this morning (8/4) my daily inspirational message said:

I declare Faith over fear.
Isa 41:10-13
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

One Sure Thing

When God speaks, He is clear. Affirmations surround us and help us stay focused on completing the task set before us. Initially, Carol was not convinced Corpus Christi would be the destination. Once God settled that in her heart, we knew this was our next calling.

We certainly do not know all the details yet, but we know who holds all the details. God’s timing is perfect as are His plans. We place our trust in Him and not our own understanding (Prov 3:5-6).

For us, it is time to changes rooms. I appreciate the support and encouragement that comes from family and friends. Please continue praying for us as we prepare to make this change.

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Day Five – 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge

As the 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge comes to an end, I invite anyone who wants to participate.

The rules are simple:

  1. For 5 days, post a Black&White Photo
  2. Invite another blogger to join in on each day
  3. tag your post with #5-day B&W Photo Challenge,

Here is the final contribution to this challenge.

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SUNSET ACROSS THE BAY, Sea Breeze RV Park, Portland, TX
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I certainly hope you enjoyed viewing these B&W photos as much as I did in creating them.

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Next Stop

Now that we are in the South, what’s next for us? That is the question I’ve been asked.

Today we leave Potters Creek for the 200 mile trip to Corpus Christi. We will be parked at Sea Breeze RV which is in Portland, just across the Nueces Bay from Corpus Christi. We have appointments for our annual physical, eye exams and audiology. We will have plenty of time to visit friends and catchup on the local stuff. After spending two years away from Corpus Christi, I hope to see it with fresh eyes. After three weeks in Corpus Christi, we end our R&R and get back to work.

Sea Breeze RVNext stop is Hidden Valley RV in Van Ormy, TX. Van Ormy is located in Southeast Bexar (pronounced – bear) county on I-35. We will be working with Teri and Mark, the owners of at Hidden Valley, in exchange for our site. Hidden Valley suffered a major blow in the May 2013 when the Medio Creek overran its banks and flooded the RV Park. They have since rebuilt the RV Park from the ground up. While the park has had its grand reopening, there is still lots of work to be done.

Hidden Valley RVMarch 1st, we head to our next stop, Lone Star Yogi, in Waller, TX. This little community is about 40 miles Northwest of downtown Houston and 35 miles Southeast of Brenham. We lived in Houston for a number of years before our 20 years in Corpus Christi and have family in the area. I will be working in maintenance and Carol in registration. Lone Star has just completed a major expansion. We understand this is one of the busiest parks in the Legacy Resorts family. We will be there through October 31st.

Lone Star YogiWe also have a commitment with American RV in Albuquerque, NM from November 2014 through April 2015. There we will be trained as assistant managers so we can continue our work with Legacy Resorts. We were originally talking with the manager at American RV for a possible summer work spot. During the conversation, the discussion shifted to our becoming assistant managers, thus the shift from summer to winter.

American RVWe look forward to getting back to work. We’ve enjoyed the down time so far and are looking forward to our time visiting with family and friends in Corpus Christi.

If you are in the Corpus Christi area feel free to find us at Sea Breeze in Portland. If you are traveling through Texas during the summer, we invite you to stop by at Lone Star Yogi in Waller, TX. Hope to see you soon.

Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now. I leave you with a photo of the sunrise at Potters Creek this morning. We are glad to be back in Texas for a bit.

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