On The Map: February & March 2011

On The Map: February & March 2011 3Have you mapped your entire route and planned all of your projects for the whole year?

We always laugh on the inside and smile politely on the outside when we get that question. Logistically, it would be a nightmare to plan that far into the future…for us AND for partnering organizations.

That said, we’re not just driving aimlessly into the night either (actually, we try not to drive at night at all…not with a 36-foot trailer behind us). ;)

We currently have city stops planned through the 1st of April:

  • TODAY – February 21st :: Canyon Lake, Texas
  • February 21 – March 6 :: Austin, Texas
  • March 6- March 9 :: Houston, Texas
  • March 9 :: Overnight in Lafayette,┬áLouisiana
  • March 10-12 :: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 12-13 :: Overnight in Mobile, Alabama
  • March 13-15 :: Tallahassee, Florida
  • March 16-April 1st :: Orlando, Florida

This is obviously a flexible schedule. We want to leave room to NOTICE who needs our help and how we might be able to do our part to bring a little light into each city.

How many of the listed cities have you been to? What non-profits, churches, or schools do you recommend that we connect with? Are there any “CAN’T-MISS” attractions that we should know about?

ALSO – If YOU live nearby and would like to meet up, please do let us know!


  1. So funny! that’s exactly the route we took to get here (Willis, TX) :)

  2. looking forward to your venture into the midwest. it’s coming….right?! =)

  3. We’re heading from Atlanta to Pensacola, roundaboutly, (then across the bottom states to the west), so maybe there’s a chance we’ll meet around March 13??

  4. Tallahassee is my home town! Too bad I don’t live there anymore, I would definitely have you guys over for dinner. My parents and sister live there, I’ll ask if there is any charity they think needs help. I know plenty of places that I have volunteered at over the years, is there anything specific you are looking to do?

    Some places the kids might like:

    Hopkins’ (http://www.hopkinseatery.com/) is a great little sandwich place.

    If the flowers are starting to bloom visit Dorothy B Oven Park to see all the flowers. Or Maclay Gardens (although you have to pay to get in there).

    If you have ANY questions let me know!

  5. Kelly Tracy says

    You should head up the coast after Florida…I’m in Savannah, GA, where y’all can eat the best Southern food ever. I can also suggest some nonprofits here to work with, such as the Wesley Community Center.

  6. I hope you set aside one day for Disney World!

    • I’ll actually be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in mid-March…so we’ll get to spend several days at the parks. Yay! http://bit.ly/eTz4KA

      P.S. Remind me where YOU live again?

      • We live in Brookfield, WI which is a suburb of Milwaukee but we have a small condo in Orlando because we are such Disney fans! We leave chilly Wisconsin on Saturday and will be in Orlando through March 8. We can’t wait!

        The Disney SM Moms sounds awesome! I tried out for the Moms panel this year but didn’t make it. I’ll keep trying though!

        • Really? That is awesome. What a great idea. You have both the magic of Disney and the charm of suburban life. Is real estate in Orlando expensive?

  7. It seems it will be forever until you reach the west coast… :(
    Have fun in the south! The most “south” I’ve been in Atlanta. And, I loved that city.

    • I’m with Erin. We really are looking forward to your arrival over here…remember…there are quite a few of us in Santa Cruz that are taking you for a girl’s night out! And we have kiddos that would LOVE to play with your kiddos!

  8. We’re in Miami, do you think you’ll head south after Orlando or back north? What organizations are you working with in Orlando? My husband’s sister and her family live there. And, I have a few friends who live there. Let me know if you want any contacts while there.

    • We’re quickly finding that 1 year isn’t enough time to see everything and everyone that we want to see in this great country. ;)

      Our plan is to head north after Orlando (up the east coast). We hope to visit a dentist in New Jersey around May. After that, we need to circle around through the midwest and the north-central states before the weather turns too cold.

      We don’t have any projects set in stone for Orlando yet. Please do let us know if you have recommendations for churches or non-profits in the area.

  9. My friend referred me to this blog and I am in love with what you all are doing! I am the project manager of a project called The Ghazvini Initiative where our church has adopted a local, public ‘second chance school’ by supporting it in a number of ways: financial support, student mentoring, volunteerism, etc. and it’s been amazing to see the impact of a gospel being spread through action.
    My family and I live in Tallahassee and would LOVE for you to join us at our church (www.genesischurch.tv) and have lunch with us on March 13th, or whenever you end up rolling through town. We have two boys, 10 months and 5 years old. Our church parking lot is available if you need a place to park for a few days. I can plug you guys into a number of different ways to help locally in Tallahassee.
    Shoot me an email if you’d like a home cooked meal, some company and a great place to worship. We’d love to have you!

    • Heather Bush says

      I totally agree with Kathy! Genesis will love on you guys, pray for you, feed you, and give you TONS of ways that you can help the area! So excited that you are coming to town and can’t wait to meet you!

    • Thank you for the gracious invitation. We may take you up on it! (I’ll be in touch). :)

    • Hi Kathy! We’re going to be stopping in Tallahassee briefly between Monday, March 14th and Wednesday, March 16th.

      If the offer is still open, we may want to park at your church. Can you tell me a little more about it? Specifically, how far is your church from I-10? Is it in a safe area? Etc. :)

      I hope it works out! Our girls will be happy to have the company of other little ones.

      Feel free to e-mail me at: stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

  10. So hope you make it to Miami! So many worthy causes and people in need here! Hands On Miami is sure to have lots of options!

  11. Well let’s see – I’ve lived in Austin, lived in Lafayette – been to New Orleans and to Mobile! I love visiting Louisiana – the Spanish moss and all in the south is simply enchanting. However… I don’t miss the humidity! This is a good time of year to swing through there.