Our First Trip of the Year Comes to an End

2016’s first trip to Tybee Island has come to an end.  We had a blast seeing a few sights, hanging around the campground, and eating at a few restaurants that we tried for the first time.
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As it seems with every campground that we’ve stayed at, we had great neighbors.  William had several long conversations with both Joey and Rita and the kids were all ears hearing Joey tell a story on Wednesday night.   (Please take a few minutes to pray for Joey as he has Stage 4 and incurable cancer: his prayer was that God lets him see 45 years of marriage with his wife- 43 so far)
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On Wednesday, we spent the day at Fort Pulaski and enjoyed a picnic lunch right on the water.
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The kids (and William), had fun going on an adventure while Kelly laid out and took a nap under the sun and enjoyed a fabulous cool breeze!
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Of the three restaurants that we tried this week, Zunzi’s, got us the most out of our comfort zone.  At the suggestion of Eric Blades, we tried the world famous Conquistador sandwich (Travel Channel’s #2 sandwich in the United States).  We were not disappointed at all!  May even spur us on to continue trying foods that are unique to our tastebuds.
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When in Savannah, we always have to go to Leopold’s!
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They make the best ice cream AND give the military 50% off 🙂 A couple years ago, Mackenzie was able to meet the owner, Stratton Leopold, who is also a famous movie producer. She thought she was big stuff since she got to meet him and not her siblings.
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We really had a great time in one of our favorite cities! Since 2009, the first time we went to Savannah, we’ve always had a love for it and learning about the history of the city, keeps us going back…we learn something new every time we go 🙂
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Sightseeing in Savannah

Though the forecast predicted rain, the day could not have been more beautiful.  It was a perfect day to walk around the city and enjoy the weather.
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No trip to Savannah is complete without purchasing some salt water taffy (or as Gig-up calls it, taffy-laffy) and sample the pecan pralines.
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We have been to the city before, but seeing the cobblestone streets, strolling alongside the river, crossing historic bridges, traversing iconic steps, seeing picturesque statues, and walking on Broughton Street, where Blacks could shop but could not eat (as recently as 1961, http://savannahnow.com/stories/031205/2878389.shtml#.VsSFI9DUXz1) brought a new perspective to the history of the city.
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We also got to spend some time seeing Uncle T (William’s brother) at The Distillery where he is the manager there.  We hadn’t seen him in a while so it was a great time of catching up and laughing.  He encouraged us to try the Deep Fried Moon Pie and it did not disappoint!
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We had to stop and get a picture as we entered Tybee Island since it was dark when arrived on Sunday.
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After returning back to the campground, the kids got to play outside with their frisbee and blow some bubbles before relaxing the rest of the day.
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Today, we plan to visit Fort Pulaski, which we haven’t been to since 2009! This is a throwback pic of William, Madison, and Mackenzie from then 🙂
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From God’s House to Lighthouse

So, we took our last road trip back in November…it’s February now…it seemed like the longest few months ever, waiting to get back on the road.  The days in the week before seemed to equally creep along.  

Saturday evening we were so excited about getting on the road and opening the doors of our brand new church building, Woodstock City Church, that we could hardly sleep. Eventually we just got up at 5am and began getting ready to get out of the house.

We knew that we were going to be leaving right after church and did not want to go home to pick up the RV, so we took it to church with us. 

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With it being the first service at the new building, we knew that finding a parking spot would be difficult if we didn’t get there early, so we are glad we did.  The parking team and traffic cops did a great job at making up a parking spot for us 🙂

After a fantastic opening worship service (https://www.facebook.com/woodstockcitychurch/videos/10153488645311376/), Gavin Adams’ (our pastor) message “Welcome Home” (http://woodstockcity.org/messages/welcome-home/you-belong/), and a great time of serving in our respective areas, we began making our way to our week long vacation spot in Tybee Island, Georgia. 

Maybe it was because we were excited about being on the road again, or because we left later than normal, or some other reason, it seemed to take forever for us to drive the 315 miles to our campsite.  Yet, it took a little less than 7 hours so we actually made good time. The kids are turning into Road Trip Warriors, they did not complain one single time!

The night was not over, however, as we had to de-winterize the unit, which we had never done before.  This required a  40 minute trip for William, into Savannah to the local Walmart to pick up a longer water hose to fill up the potable water tank.  But, the kids enjoyed a snack, while watching Frozen.

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Through a bit of trial and error, we got it pretty much figured out, however, we still can’t figure out how to get our hot water heater working again, so that’s a bit of a bummer. But, thankfully there are clean, hot showers here at the campground!

For our monthly #15thfor15th date we took a trip to the Tybee Island Lighthouse and walked up the 174 stairs to the top. Thank God for the landings every 25 steps or we would have not made it to the top. 

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Looking from the pinnacle of the Lighthouse and noticing the surrounding areas, made us think about how awesome a privilege it is that we have the ability to travel and see the sights we have seen.  

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It was pretty windy and cold but we were able to take the kids to the beach! And, although, they weren’t able to get in the water or play with the sand, they were excited just to see the ocean and collect some seashells!

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We have so much planned over the next 18 months and we cannot wait to begin this new journey and share it with those whom we love and who love us! 

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