July 6, 2021

Random Review::First 2 Weeks on Tour


 While this new bus has been such a blessing…there have also been quite a few glitches. So far…we’ve had a
1) broken fridge
2) broken freezer
3) broken brand-new ice chest freezer
4) broken left front brake
5) hole in the muffler
6) broken door
7) broken toilet.
8) broken shower
Nope, this is not the glam bus life people imagine. 
a more accurate description would be “un-glamorous”
The toilet not only broke, but exploded in the process, both above and below.
I will leave details to your imagination but suffice to say it was NOT an ideal situation! 
So at a church in Minnesota, dad took everything apart/out, and got it fixed. With the fixing going on right in front of the church, I had to get a picture. =)
(note: everything is now fixed except for the shower, which started leaking yesterday. 
at least its only one fix to go! 
besides, it would feel weird if EVERYTHING was actually working at the same time!)
 SOOO thankful for a dad who knows how to fix random things like exploding toilets. =)
 Carson enjoying our friends’ very fun swing.
It is always an adjustment to change from the freedom and space of the farm, to the close confines of the bus.
This tour that has been manifested more than usual and we’ve already had quite a large number of character-building moments! =(
In the midst of it all though-all the breakdowns, stress, etc etc…God has been so faithful and blessed us in so many ways, just in the two weeks we’ve been out. Whether its providing a mechanic shop nearby at just the right time, or bringing someone to speak encouragement and blessing into our lives, God has been so good and we are so blessed!

One of the biggest things we love about traveling is all the people we get to meet and learn from. 
Above: while in Ontario we stayed with some new friends who run a huge greenhouse business. We got to spend a morning helping them in their gardens & greenhouses.
The boys loading flowers, which were then taken to another location to be sold.
This is our 6th time being in Canada, and even so it still takes a little time to adjust. 
At the grocery store…everything is in grams and liters instead of pounds and ounces.
beautiful flowers..
Dad, Mom, & Taylor working in the gardens.
We meet the most adorable babies as we travel!
We found this sweet little cutie in Ontario. Believe me-we all wanted to take him along w/ us. =)
And this little lady is the newest family addition for some friends of ours here in Manitoba. 
To say that Elizabeth was extremely possessive of her is an understatement. =)
Liz enjoying her first taste of perogi’s, a canadian speciality.
These were stuffed with a cottage cheese mixture and then fried. yum!
This past wkend we spent at the Thousand Oaks Gospel Camp here in Winkler, Manitoba. 
It was a busy time-singing twice a day plus Mitchell preached & led singing at the youth nights, plus spending time with all our friends that attended, and meeting many more.
One of the things we enjoy so much when traveling is occasional opportunities for hospitality on the bus! Above, obviously, our big group of us and friends didn’t fit on the bus, so we ate outdoors.
“Be GLAD in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
Psalm 32:11
-posted by chelsy


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  1. Ok- I was "LOLing" at the part, "so thankful for a dad who knows how to fix things like exploding toilets!" As bad as that sounds, it's hilarious! 🙂
    Wow- I'll be praying for you guys. Sounds like a crazy amount of repair work!! 🙂

  2. I'm glad that Mr.Marlin knows how to fix things like an exploding toilet. My dad doesn't know how to fix things like that. Looks like u all had fun. I love the pictures!!!!
    In Christ,

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