Faith In The OC

Saturday, July 03, 2004

First Another Huge Shout Out:
Moves are never fun to make but we have had some major help and I just want to thank those people. It would not have been possible without the help we received.

First again thank you to everyone who supplied financial means for us to get down here. There were several of you and you know who you are. Thank you for wanting to be part of something crazy. I'll tell you how far God has spread that money in just a minute.

I also want to thank everyone who has been praying. This is the biggest request that anyone doing what we are doing could ask for. It feels a little clique for me to say this but: We could really feel all of the prayer. There was no doubt that God was covering us the entire trip and we appreciate the prayers more than you could know!

Our movers were great! I am going to drop names this time! My best friend Kevin stayed the night with us on Monday and then got up early with me on Tuesday to start tearing apart the house and then helped me get the truck. He stayed until he had to go to work at 4:30 but without his help we would not have made it (by the way, Kevin had to work from 4:30 that night to 10. Then had to get up and work at 9 in the morning the next day. Not only that but he stayed up with until about 1 in the morning the night before!) Kevin if you are reading this: THANK YOU! Colleen's Mom and Dad (Vic and Dana) helped out quite a bit as well. They took care of our kids countless times during the move process to give us more time to pack as well as coming on the day of our move to help us finish packing, clean and get everything into the truck. They also supplied lunch and dinner on that day! THANK YOU! My parents arrived safely from their long trip to get to us and started in right away as well. They helped pack up some last minute boxes and clean as well. Of course they got up early with us the next day and took our kids with them back to their house. Another 12 or 13 hour drive! THANK YOU! Jon and Jana Cochran: first they are letting us stay with them for a little while. Amazing! Jon helped me unpack the truck into a storage unit which sounds a little easier than packing it but that is NOT true. We got a storage unit here in Orange but it is on the second floor. The cost was just too much for anything else. The problem with this of course is that every thing has to be loaded onto an elevator and then hefted down a couple hallways to our unit. On top of that it feels like about 1500 degrees in there and so we were just pouring sweat. Jana and Colleen packed boxes on the cart to send up to us. (a side note: when we unload this thing I am going to make sure there are like 20 in shape guys there to help get it all out!) Jon and Jana, THANK YOU!

Now On To The Story:
Ok so here is the story. That's what's so cool about road trips right!? We left the house at 7:30 AM on Tuesday. We got about 10 miles down the road (for those in Portland: right by the Hwy 217 onramp off of I-5) when we started hearing some metal dragging on the ground. We pulled over and found that the jack that holds up the trailer when it is not connected to the truck had broken and was dragging on the ground. I called the road side assistance for Budget and the guy asked me if I had something I could just tie it up with. I didn't and so he said he would have someone come out. 2 HOURS LATER a guy showed up with a piece of rope to tie up the jack. The problem with tying it rather than fixing it is that in order to get the trailer off of the truck this jack is required. In order to empty the truck the trailer has to come off. I brought this to the road side assistance guy and he said that I would be able to bring the trailer to the drop of place and they could deal with it and then I could unload the truck and then deliver the truck. This made some sense at the time, seemed like an inconvenience but not one we couldn't work through.

So we finally got back on the road at 9:30AM. The rest of the trip was pretty smooth. Colleen and I did a lot of talking and just enjoyed being out on the road. We stopped in Eugene to have lunch with my aunt which was wonderful. Almost immediately after crossing the California border we hit some pretty heavy rain that then turned into pin ball size hail. It was coming down so hard that we had to pull off the side. Now this a little harder than it may seem. First we are in a very loaded up truck that is also pulling a trailer with a very loaded up car on it. The breaks were not at an optimum stopping level. So it got a little dicing stopping the truck going downhill in the hail! We waited it out for a bout 20 minutes and just enjoyed the show. Shortly after that we started seeing lots of lightning. That was fun and beautiful. The lightning looked as if it were striking behind Mount Shasta and so it just looked beautiful! We then stopped in Redding to visit one of Colleen’s friends. Here is another story: It is very hard to find a good parking spot for a truck and trailer like this. We were not far off from being the same size as a semi truck and so it is VERY difficult to get in and out of places. We of course wanted In and Out and so we pulled into a Circuit City parking lot to attempt to park behind it. Well the road that appeared to go behind it actually is a dead end. So now we were stuck. The Budget people had made it very clear that we should never back the truck up so I tried to turn it around. It became obvious that this was not going to work either and so I had to back the truck. This was a huge learning experience!! The good news is that we got out and also got our In and Out!

We stopped traveling at about 3AM in Sacramento. We tried to find a rest stop to stop and just sleep in the truck but they were all full. We ended up stopping in a side road and slept for about 3 hours. We got back on the road around 5AM and drove all the way here to Orange and arrived safely here around 3:30PM.

The story is not quite over though. If you'll remember in the beginning about the trailer jack. Friday I drove the truck and trailer to the drop off destination to drop off the trailer. They were very rude and told us that they would not take the trailer. When I asked what I should do then they said: "we don't know". So we drove the truck back to Jon’s house and jacked it up with a car jack and some jack stands. So Budget trucks are VERY nice and new. Ours only had 9000 miles on it when we picked it up. As far as trucks go this one was very comfortable and relatively easy to drive. The trailer on the other hand has been a bit of a situation and since Budget doesn't really have their own drop off site (it's all private businesses that become a franchise) it can get difficult to deal with. The upside to all of this is that Budget's customer service line is really nice and they have said that they can adjust the cost of the trailer for us. Praise God for that. I can deal with the hassle and the rude people to get a little money off! The truck and trailer will be dropped of this morning and we can be done with it!

The Praises:
--> We had a VERY safe trip. God was taking care of us the whole way!
--> We only ended only ended up spending about $260 on gas. I was planning on spending a good deal more than that.
--> We have a place to stay for awhile here in Orange.
--> We have our things stored in a good storage unit for a reasonable rate.
--> We are enjoying great sunny weather!

Prayer Requests:
--> I will be hitting the job market hard this coming week. Please pray that God will provide a job that will provide both the time I need to really be a part of the Portico and be with my family as well as pay the bills.
--> We have found a great townhouse in a really cool neighborhood. Please pray that God would provide the money needed to start this process and of course pay the rent!
--> Please continue praying that God will work in amazing ways through us and the Portico here in Orange County!

Once again thank you for all of your prayers, the time spent helping us, aching muscles after moving ALL of our financialnd the financal means that many of you have given. THANK YOU!


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