Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our world has changed forever!

  
Everyone meet Aurora Grace, our first grandchild. She is so very perfect in every way. Her due date was 10/20 but she had other plans. The doctor scheduled Katie to be induced today at 6pm but, our feisty little girl wanted to come on her own time. So, this little bundle showed up at 2pm this afternoon.

We are so happy to have been here in TX for this exciting event! If it weren’t for our gypsy lifestyle, we couldn’t have spent this time with Jordan and Katie.

 
We are so proud of Jordan and Katie! Our son Jordan is a wonderful husband and is now an amazing father. 

  
Oma Jojo (that’s me!) thinks that Aurora is the bee’s knees! I will sing to her and teach her amazing things.

  
Opa B will teach her to be a sharp shooter to keep the boys on their toes. Seeing Jordan with Aurora is almost too much for him to handle. Brodie is a wonderful dad and he has taught Jordan so much.

WE ARE IN LOVE WITH THIS GIRL!

Praise the Lord for this gift!

-Oma Jojo

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Maybe we prayed wrong!?!

  
This is our current situation. Yes, we are right in the path of the brutal rain coming from the strongest hurricane in reported history, Hurricane Patricia.

But, this is really no surprise. Why? Well, because this is what we seem to be chasing since our travels began.

We started out in December of last year staying on Fripp Island where the average December/January temperatures are mid to high 60’s. Nope! We had freezing, record low temps the entire time. This continued at multiple locations through April. Freezing!!

And then came May in Orlando where the height temps typically top out in the mid 80’s. Nope! It went straight to mid 90’s. After that, every location we’ve been has had record high temps between 90-100 degrees.

We were so grateful to finally be in TX where the temperatures were so moderate for about a week. Then we went right back to 90-100 degrees. And then Patricia shows up to drown us!

We have prayed that we will make an impact on the areas where we travel. Ummm, I think we need to change our wording because I didn’t realize we would bring Biblical weather events. Oops!

-Jodi

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Our Texas Home

  
This is our cute little house in Harker Heights, TX. We are about 10 minutes from Killen and around 15 minutes from Fort Hood. This little house is called Mamau’s House. It is an in-law house behind a private residence.

This is the first time we’ve used Airbnb because we would typically choose to have a private residence since we have dogs. However, we hit the jackpot with this house! 

The entire property is fenced in and there are three resident dogs that have adopted us. Taygar, the Great Dane, is Daisy’s bestie. They jump in the pool, run in the yard, and wrestle in the mulch. Every morning, Tay waits in front of the house for Daisy.  

It has been great for the animals but very fun for us, too! Tonight, the owners hosted an Octoberfest party out by the pool. Everyone brought food and their dogs. It is so fun to hang out with dog lovers. They’re good people!

The owners are both veterinarians. Score! We got our dog’s vaccinated here at home and didn’t have to take them into the scary clinic. AWESOME!

Oh, and we got us some Texas boots.  

Did I mention that we have a grand baby coming, soon? Yay!

-Jodi

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It’s cool to live with a veterinarian

We’re still living in Texas right now.  The house we’re in is a guest house behind a main house.  The owners of the property are both veterinarians.

So here’s the cool part.  It’s time for vaccinations for our dogs, so we talked to one of the house owners to see if we could get into her office to get them done.  She said instead she would just bring the vaccines to us.  And so last night she knocked on the door and did the vaccines in our living room.  How cool is that?!?!

On top of home service, she was so good at it that neither dog even yelped.  Good stuff says I.  Good stuff.

Brodie

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Texas Heat Wave

We’ve been in Texas for about 2 weeks now.  Apparently we got here in time for an unusual fall heat wave.  It’s been in the high 90’s to low 100’s pretty much the whole time we’ve been here.

It’s been kind of weird though.  Let’s take today for example.  When I woke up and went outside this morning the temperature was in the mid 60’s and felt slightly chilly.  It’s 5 p.m. now and the news says the temp is 95.  So, the outside temperature has been doing 30 degree swings almost every day.

Not to worry though, the weather genies on the news are saying that we’ve only got one more day of hot before fall weather moves in.  Let’s hope they’re correct.

Brodie

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Most pleasant house?

  
Well, as most of you know, we’ve stayed in many houses, now. Since December, we have had 11 Vacation homes. 

As I’m drinking my coffee and watching the dogs do their thing, I feel that this might just be the most peaceful, pleasant home we’ve stayed in, so far. But, I’m not sure why.

We’ve had many homes with a beautiful view and a nice porch in which to enjoy the outdoors. Many of those homes have also had a fenced area for the dogs. All of our homes have had more space since this house is actually an in-law home on the property of a private residence.

And then it hit me! It’s not the house or the view that’s so amazing. It’s the fact that I can sit outside at 7am without my eyelids sweating!

  
Since December, we have been in record setting temperatures. December-April were record lows and April-September have been above 90 degrees in every state. That’s 6 months of sweating in places that you didn’t know we’re capable of sweating!

Yay, Fall!!

-Jodi

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Horse in our house 

One of the things we’re loving at our Texas rental are the animals.  This is Taygar, the resident Great Dane. 

He, along with his tiny dog siblings have decided we’re part of the family now. 

  

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Happy Beagle 

The old beagle, otherwise known as Boogie, was quite intrigued with our trip from Arkansas to Texas. Notice the tiny bottom teeth showing. 

  

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Harker Heights Texas

We’re at our new vacation rental in Harker Heights, Texas.  This is a small house that sets behind the main house on a good size piece of land.

We only have one issue here and that’s that we have to leave for three days in the middle of our stay.  Jodi was having difficulty finding rentals in this area.  She finally found this one, but it is rented to someone else for 3 days in the middle of October.  That means we’ll have to move out for those three days and then move back in.

Luckily, we don’t have much stuff, so it’s more of an inconvenience than a real problem.

This property is in a great setting.  We’re surrounded by mountains, goats, a couple of horses, more deer than you can shake a stick at, and a few other dogs for ours to play with.

God willing, we’ll update this blog soon.  I need to blog more pictures.

Brodie

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