Baby it’s cold outside and time for a nice big camp fire .
Baby it’s cold outside and time for a nice big camp fire .
I hope to be more persistent in writing. I need to make this my “job”.
Intentional thought in print.
Its a lifestyle. We cleaned all of our ” tent mess ” up. It was not a tent mess, nor a tent city. Those words still hurtful. Like a bullet for my child my family. It still hurts. Really less than one week. To leave up FUN for one week.
So the stuff is taken down. We move forward. I am guessing that we as full- time medical can’t do the same things as those who are weekend warriors. We have been able to enjoy our neighbors. Really blessed to have some of the neighbors that we do have. Some great families and great kids. We also have grown attached to some of the work-campers here as well. Its nice to have that community while being displaced for a season. We are thankful to all those who have reached out to us.
You can tell that Fall is upon us. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There is a chill in the air. The leaves are falling and changing colors. Its like the leaves are on fire. Vibrant orange, yellow and browns. They flicker in the wind.
The sweetness of Pumpkin pie and Apple cider blow in the wind. Roasted Marshmallows flickering in the fire. Lightly brown like cane sugar or Burnt like charcoal. Washing it down with that dark chocolate hinted with vanilla bean hot cocoa. Or that Cool crisp green apple cider hinted with cinnamon, allspice and an added hidden Vanilla bean pod scraped full of goodness.
The planning of the Thanksgiving table is upon us. The time for fellowship and being thankful. The time to share a bounty from the summer. Time to see children running, laughing and playing and not having a care of what the adults are sweating in life.
The adults time to sit back and forget about the stress and daily grind of emotions that sit on our hearts like a hotplate turned on high and out of control. The time to share with other women the recipes of holiday goodness. The men sharing their work warrior stories.
Try and forget the disparity of the political harshness upon this season. Its an agenda if you will of something that is worse than the worst musical. One of the the church singer who sings their heart out and things carrying a note means to pick up a quarter note on paper and carry it to their table. We have all been there and know what Im talking about.
Its time to pack it in soon. Indian Summer is right around that corner. One more week or semi week what ever God chooses for our weather. It will be warm, the north wind will come galloping on that cold, white horse and then the sharp contrast of wind, rain and cold is right at his hindquarter.
Ill be sharing some recipes of the Fall. These will be some quick and easy recipes. I hope you enjoy them.
I have been very slow in sharing I’ve had some issues with my photos transferring. Lazy internet connections. You see being medical mobile I have Fall and Spring cleaning. It depends on how many seasons where we stay as to how many many clean – outs and cleanings we have. Yes it seems redundant. But it is necessary for growing and moving forward.
God had a different plan for us this Fall and Winter. We accept what He has for us. We take it as the next step of moving forward, growing more with Him.
Our second day we drove through Mississippi, Alabama and into Georgia. I will say driving this way is a good way to get somewhere. You haven’t seen all the behind the scenes of what it takes to do this.
I made pre-made breakfasts, lunches and dinners for our daughter so all we had to do was heat and eat.
I will also go on record for saying that Birmingham honestly has some of the worst and scariest drivers ever.
We saw an unbelievable number of accidents. The weather was good though in that cloud cover and small showers actually kept our vehicles cooled off.
We saw some scary accidents like on I20 Westbound there was a tractor trailer that had a car who had spun out of control probably due to rain slick highways. The car was up under the truck. I could not find this on the news or anywhere on the internet. People should start questioning why it is so difficult to pull up a major accident. Especially one that shuts down a Interstate. My prayers go out to all those involved and those who watched the accident unfold in front of them.
I always have a back up plan because something seems to always inevitably happen.
This time we were planned a month ahead, however our batteries and other mechanicals that Allen started out with seemed to all fall through. It wasn’t the peoples fault we were working with but just a chain of events. This chain of events led to it was really a challenge to leave but albeit at about 4 or 4:30 we left regardless. I was going to leave that place even if it meant parking at a campground down the road. We made it to Southaven Mississippi. We normally stay at the Yogi Bear park but this time we weren’t sure where we would be leaving so late. We decided to forgo the Memphis, TN. Whole Foods where we normally stop to eat dinner and keep bussing.
Stop 1 :
EZ Dayz Rv Park.
I called and spoke to Kristy and sent an email and it was right at their closing time. I explained our long paraphernalia of equipment. We have a 40 ft motor coach, a 22 ft. handicap accessible van, and the van pulls a 10 ft cargo trailer that houses our daughters special needs equipment.
She said that she had spot that could accommodate us. Good. So on we went we didn’t even stop at Whole Foods it was too late. The campground is really nice. Its huge. There are parts of the campground on both sides of the road.
Cool off with an invigorating swim or just relax by the pool.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in our indoor hot tub and soak your cares away.
The main meeting room offers air-conditioned comfort and access to the adjoining kitchen. The lobby provides a place to sit back and read a book, watch our big screen TV, or enjoy conversation with your fellow guests over a free cup of coffee. The covered outdoor verandah is located by the pool and hot tub and is an ideal place to enjoy a cook-out or other outdoor gathering.
Our on-site massage therapist will help you unwind after your day’s travels and activities.
Rates: Please verify on website for most recent rates.
EZ DAZE RV Park is dedicated to providing you with the best RV park sites in the Greater Memphis area. Big rigs are welcome. Drive just a few minutes south of the Tennessee border to Southaven, Mississippi and you’ll enjoy:
Now the downside.
This is good for overnight parking and if you want to stay it is nice. It sort of reminds me of an apartment complex setting for RV’s. There are a lot of spaces and a lot of those spaces were full but we didn’t see a lot of people.
It is well kept and very clean no trash.
We got to this campground at about 10:30 that night. We were tired but glad the campground was clean. It was very quiet.
We noticed that pulling the bus in there wasn’t enough space for the van or the trailer. This is a major deal since our van needs to remain plugged in and we usually plug it in to our bus. This keep a cooler cooled for our daughters special dietary needs.
This is NOT what we want especially after calling and sending an email for a specific need. This is why we tend to camp at truck stops occasionally.
http://ezdazervpark.com/index.html Here is the link for the park.
We ended up unhooking our trailer for the night. We had to squeeze the trailer in front of the bus on the drivers side backed in. We then had to pull in the van next to trailer and passenger couldn’t even get out. Which is a nightmare for a child with special needs , We spent an hour and half getting unloaded and getting equipment moved. We have had worse but its really disheartening with tired kids and we are tired from driving and we were forced to unhook. The next time we will stay again at Yogi Bear Southaven again. http://memphisjellystone.com
Prices may be a little more but it is worth not having to unhook and hook back up.
It is needless to say with staying up so late that we were tired, we overslept and then our jacks got stuck and wouldn’t go up.
We were given the ” you need to leave call” . I think it needs to be known that check in we didn’t make and we were clearly late leaving because of staying up so late from moving around equipment.
We did keep with the 3 state rule for us though for traveling. We did Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
I didn’t have time to take any photos to even show you the park.
Thank you Arkansas – my home state for being so kind for all the kind and wonderful people who are here.
Well it’s almost time to leave and say goodbye. It has really been an interesting trip.
Fun it really hasn’t been. It has been heart breaking in a lot of ways. I guess everyone has their way of saying goodbye. I had to deal with many things on this trip and to say that it hasn’t been emotional would certainly be a lie.
It is time however to move on. God is so good. He is good if you let Him into your life and be good to you. He needs to be your everything. Those things that we think are from the dark if you have God – we are just like the flowers asleep over the winter time. When the Spring sun hits the flowers and it starts to warm the flowers open with life.
Well I still have a lot to do. We have been getting Beachnest ready for this day ( to leave that is ). Its a lot of work. We have food and water and will check all the systems tonight to get ready to roll this week.
If you are trying to text me or to email me – we don’t really have email or text sometimes because of the cell towers. Please bear with us until we are parked. I hope to be better at writing on the website this time. If I had done this when we started it would be amazing for you to see the sights we have seen. We have only done the free sights so our funds go mainly for camp sights, food, and fuel. Occasionally we get a state park pass especially somewhere worthy like South Carolina.
Until the next time. If you are out on the road hopefully we can see you sometime. If you are along our path out on the road stop by and say Hi.
We are on our way to sunny Florida for Dr. appointments.
I hope to get at least a few pictures while on the way there and then while we are there.
I just really hope it cools off some.
Happy trails everyone
God bless !
kind of “full-time vacation”. That could not be further from the truth actually. I suppose if you have never had a special needs child or worked with a special needs child you couldn’t possibly understand
We have not had an actual vacation in over twelve years. No time off.
Someone please send us on a vacation- I’m tired of being an adult.
Most people associate someone staying in a RV with being retired or on vacation. In our case neither one stands true.
Do you hate me because I disagree with you?
Do you call me a biggot because I disagree with you?
I have been watching the things of this world for some time now and it really saddens me to know that our society has fallen so far from God. It’s no wonder we are a confused, depressed, and angry population.
It saddens me to know that if I disagree with someone about “my beliefs” I am called a biggot.
I still have a right to my belief. I don’t even have to leave me house – you call me on the phone and attack me. What is wrong with this picture. How do we determine who has a right to their beliefs and who doesn’t?
I don’t believe that anyone has a right to force anyone to do anything against their beliefs. Since when do people start planning a hate agenda because someone thinks or believes differently?
In my situation jealousy, envy and coveting has been the root of the hate and hostility toward me.
I have chosen to believe what I believe because of what I have gone through, research, and how I choose to live my life.
I am not rich. I don’t own anything except a few clothes. I choose not to live of this world but right now I am in it. I serve a loving God whom I choose to follow His ways not distorted of this world.
Do not cast your anger and hate toward me. I have a family that I love and am dedicated to and have been since I married my husband and even God is above them.
It really burdens my heart to see people speak to others and treat others out of hate and spite. It is cruelty.
If you do not believe in the same God I do. That is okay it is your belief. If you do not choose to live your life the way I do, that is okay.
I don’t care what you do it is your choice but please my family has enough on our plate and no resources or family to help with it. Please just leave us out of it.
This post has been transferred from Abigaile’s Story Journal.
It is a rather bittersweet time. My husbands birthday is today. I remember his birthday not only because it is the same day as mine but mine is February.
I also remember this day because 13 years ago on April the 7th my daughter Abigaile was not doing so well.
We had some friends over and were doing a Bible study. We were playing music and having a really nice time. Abigaile was 5 months old.
She was in her little bouncy seat with a pacificer and was jumping around a bit to the music. I was glad to see her in such a good mood because just a couple of days before I had taken her for her well-baby visit. At that visit she had her immunizations.
She had been crying and not in the best mood she also wasn’t sleeping well.
I attributed this to getting her shots and felt in a couple of days with motrin or infant Tylenol it should go away.
While I was playing on the piano I heard this strange noise. I asked my husband to check on her on the sofa she was just a few feet away.
When he looked at her she was stiff and rocking back and forth and making a gurgling sound. Initially we thought maybe she got choked on her pacifier. We looked and the pacifier was intact. We looked around to see what she could have gotten choked on and couldnt find anything. She was gurgling even more. Her skin started turning grey. Then she turned blue. I had her on my left arm doing CPR and had the phone in my right hand calling (9-1-1) the EMS came and she was fine. We decided to take her to the hospital anyways to make sure she was okay.
Of course when we got to the hospital she was fine.
Oh my goodness, what just happened?
I started charting everything that she did, the things she wasnt doing.
Two days later the same episode played over again and her eyes started darting. Again, she went by ambulance after stopping breathing. This time the ER Dr. that was on call asked if he could pray for her. He was the clinic owner of where our Pediatrician was at. He knew Abigaile was serious. We had the gamut of labs, then straight to the Trauma room.
Our Abigaile wasn’t there, she was out of it. She had her eyes open. Her eyes darting back and forth. Her little body rigid. They did nothing. They observed her. The next ER Dr. came in. He shook his head and said there is nothing that can be done right now. He left the room.
We said that we put our trust, our faith and everything we had in God. We dropped to our knees in the middle of that dirty ER Trauma room floor. Im sure we were sobbing. Our oldest daughter 5 at the time started running a temperature when we checked it, her temperature was 104.F.
We kept praying. Eventually the ER nurse on duty came in and said they would be admitting our daughter. That she was having seizures.
A few hours later we were assigned a private room. We called every pastor and member of every church that we knew. We called missionaries we called every one and asked them for their prayers over our little girl. We were heartbroken. We really didnt know what to do. We just knew we needed to pray.
Our little Abigaile her body was swollen. She didn’t really seem to come out of the seizure. They gave her Phenobarbitol by IV and it made her worse. More seizures. Uncontrollable seizures.
We were discharged 2 days later. We had orders to continue the Phenobarbitol that wasn’t working as well as a couple of other meds I don’t remember.
Our orders included from her Pediatrician were to be admitted to Arkansas Childrens Hospital. With our daughter in a constant seizure pattern we know realize they should have air-lifted her. God was protecting her.
This was back in the day when the constant road work was being done on the I40 Interstate between Alma and Little Rock. We drove from Northwest Arkansas over the mountain the only place where the John Paul Hammerschmidt Highwas was complete.
We got to I40 and this was after my husband had worked all day so then we ate dinner and I drove it seemed all night. I mapped on the Rand Mcnally ( we didn’t have GPS then) the little hospitals along the way. They may as well have been nursing homes. I thought if we got stuck and our daughter was not well I would stop at the hospitals and at least they could air lift her to childrens.
It took almost 4 hours because of construction. We got a hotel that night and then the next morning went to our visit with Dr. Lange at Arkansas Childrens. She saw our little girl, held her and then had the Geneticist to look at her. She ordered an MRI and had her admitted. They took her vitals, weight and height. They were astonished at the size of her head.
We went through multiple tests. She even had a spinal that I was told to leave the room.
She was admitted to ICU and they sedated her brain to stop her seizing. She was sedated for over three days when they concluded she was able to come out of sedation and was put on a different seizure medication called Topomax. A day later she was discharged. While we were driving back to the hotel she got choked on a teething ring. We stopped at another hotel and called 9-1-1. By the time the EMS got there it was already dislodged and she spit out the bloody piece that had choked her. We thought initially she was having another seizure but instead she was choking.
One day I will write a book about this little girl of ours. She is a truly a miracle from God.
The Dr.s said that she would never walk, she would never talk, and she would likely be in a “vegetative state”.
One thing I can say about Abigaile is she loves everyone, she loves everything and she even loves her “vegetables”. ( cheeky grin)
I am thankful my husband has another year has been blessed by God. Im thankful my Abigaile has lived another year that has been blessed by God.
She still has a very long way to go but I am certain that God has brought us this far and I know that God says He will never leave us or forsake us.
I take God at His Word.
God bless you all thank you for your prayers.
Paris ( mommy of Abigaile ) xoxoxo