Day #14: Give Hospitality

Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to provide lunch for another family on the road (yes, there are others!). The Boyinks [see right] stopped by our campground and had lunch with us. We served grilled chicken, cornbread, peas, and chips with homemade guacamole dip. We talked about how we decided to buy our fifth wheels and discussed some of our experiences on the road. After the Boyinks left, … [Read more...]

Day #13: Give When You Have a Medical or Dental Crisis

I left the girls with Stephanie at 3:00pm this afternoon and headed to the dentist. I had a crown on my front top tooth that had come loose. I expected my visit to be quick. The crown was not damaged. I had previously had a root canal. I thought I just needed the tooth to be adhered back and I would be out of there. Reality, however, was different. The reason my tooth had become loose was … [Read more...]

Day #12: Give with Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were an amusement park for children with special needs? A park where kids with cognitive disabilities, orthopedic impairments, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, down-syndrome, and seizure disorders could play and go on rides...just like any other child. There is such a place...a remarkable place...a magical place where dreams come true. Nestled just … [Read more...]

Day #11: Give with Family Life Center in New Braunfels, TX

Quite a few people have asked us how we manage to volunteer with two small children in tow. The answer? We're still learning that ourselves. That said, our answer so far is that...we just DO. Today, we spent two and a half hours at the Family Life Center in New Braunfels, Texas. It's an organization that connects temporarily under-resourced and/or unemployed residents of the community to … [Read more...]

Day #10: Give a Comment

Both Tim and I are avid readers. We read on our phones and on our laptops; we read blogs and we read good old-fashioned hard copy books (although we would really like to try a Kindle now that we are on-the-road). As we read, we are often inspired, challenged, and moved. We learn new things. We discuss alternate viewpoints. We are motivated to action. As much as possible, we try to … [Read more...]

Day #9: Give Prayer For Others

This afternoon, our family made a list of people to pray for. Our 4-year-old suggested we pray for "our family," for the "poor," and for the "kids who are sick." Our 2-year-old said we should pray for "babies." She loves babies. We all took turns praying - for the kids and babies...for some families that we know who are going through hard times...for a little house church that meets in El … [Read more...]

Day #8: Give Cookies to a Neighbor

This afternoon our oldest daughter and Stephanie made chocolate chip/peanut butter cookies for our next door neighbors. Meanwhile, I took our youngest on a walk and we talked to quite a few people who live here at the campground in the winter - "Winter Texans." When we returned, both girls colored pictures. Our 4-year-old is especially fond of drawing and coloring. She often asks if she can … [Read more...]

Day #7: Give to a Food Bank

Today, we filled a bag with pasta, buttermilk pancake mix, and popcorn seeds - and took it to a local food bank. We also compiled a few things we are no longer using (an extra pillow, a skirt, a shirt, and some tupperware). Community Resource and Food Pantry (here in Canyon Lake, TX) runs a thrift store onsite with the food bank so it was easy to donate both food and other items. After being … [Read more...]

Day #6: Give Through Social Media

Awhile back a company sent us some bags for PR purposes. One of them was the Switch Messenger laptop bag by Brenthaven, valued at $100. We never ended up using the bag and now we are driving around the country with it serving no purpose. We want to give the bag to someone who will use it, but we don't know anyone with that need. Here is where social media comes in... Do you need a … [Read more...]

Day #5: Give To The Hungry

After spending over 5 hours on-the-road, we pulled off Interstate 10 early this evening and stopped at a red light. We were in the far left turning lane. Just a couple of feet from my window was a man holding a piece of cardboard that read, "Broke and Hungry." The light turned green. I was about to let off the brakes and go when Stephanie handed me our nearly full bag of cashew clusters from … [Read more...]

Day #4: Give with Kiva

The wind chill outside is -1 degrees fahrenheit here in Fort Stockton, TX (we made it out of Walmart!). It is COLD. We are stuck indoors. Stephanie and I didn't want the weather to keep us from doing something so we made our way to Kiva.com, a microfinance website. We had a gift card and we decided to lend to 5 entrepreneurs from Cambodia, Peru, Kenya, and the Philippines who need small loads … [Read more...]

Day #3: Give to a grocery store cashier

She was young, her dark hair in a ponytail, a gentle smile on her lips. She reached down instinctively to her small, but obviously burgeoning belly. "When are you due?" I asked as I put a few breakfast items on the Walmart checkout counter. "Next month," she glowed, reaching out to give my one-and-a-half year old a little caress on the cheeks. Tim was at the mechanic's. I walked back to the 5th … [Read more...]

Day #2: Give Thanks

We're (still) at Walmart. Our 5th wheel is here, but our truck is not. A tow truck came and pulled it away to a local Ford dealer. A friend of a friend of a friend works there. We're hoping the mechanic can look at it first thing in the morning. Meanwhile, here at the 5th wheel... We're trying to conserve our battery (and our water). Today, we ate peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for … [Read more...]

Day #1: Give Anyway

Hi from the Walmart parking lot in El Paso, Texas. (We're stranded here). (For real). This is how it went down: We left Tucson late this morning, with tearful goodbyes and a huge bag of snacks. Our plan was to drive to a campground in El Paso and stay the night on our way to San Antonio. We had the BEST drive ever. There wasn't one complaint or tear or whine from anyone the ENTIRE 5+ … [Read more...]