7.28.2018 + 7.29.2018
When I first moved to Kenya, I learned something essential. Food is not merely a source to fuel your body, but it is a way of community. I learned to not refuse a cup of chai or an impromptu meal. I learned to savor the moments and not to be so worried about the “to do’s” for the day, but to truly be immersed in the moment of life. Living in Kenya has taught me to be present and take a hold of the ever-fleeting time that makes up a day.
As we have been traveling through Montana, it has been quick and nearly not long enough, but I have been challenged once more to take the moments I have in front of me and be completely present. We have been able to spend some precious time with great friends and family. I have been extremely blessed and refueled by this time with my family on the road and although it can be crazy at times, I would not trade this time for anything else.
Thank you to everyone who has and will hold baby Sophie along the way and thank you for putting a roof over our heads, the meals and the love you continue to give my family. We appreciate you!
Daily Life Lessons:
We woke up this morning heading west to Montana. We got the car packed, said our goodbyes, turned the key to leave and nothing happened. We started the day with a dead battery.
We both took deep breaths as the kiddos in the back were already getting restless and we had not even moved yet.
From the beginning, we knew the trip was going to be a long day, but prayed our car would make it to our next stop. A little down the road we stopped to fill up, feed Sophie and get ready for the enchanted highway! We hopped in the car and again, turned the key and guess what?
Your exactly right. Our car decided to sleep a little longer and the battery did not want to start for us. We were extremely lucky that a nice family had just pulled up next to us as we were really in the middle of nowhere with not too many people in sight.
We grabbed our jumper cables and had déjà vu holding our breath in hopes the car would start.
Luckily it did and we explored through the enchanted highway then took a scenic route in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and headed to see our good friends Chet and Gail in Laurel, MT.
Tomorrow, first thing on the agenda. Check the engine, battery and get all the silly sunflowers out from under the hood. No more short cuts through sunflower fields anytime soon.
Daily Life Lessons:
After a long day of traveling, we woke up in North Dakota on the Swindler Farms.
We were able to visit the amazing Nathan and Angie Swindler!
The fed us, cared for us and just had a great day getting a tour of their land. For a girl who attended Texas A&M and was constantly surrounded by my fellow agriculture peers, I now have even more respect for what you do. The Swindler Farms were beautiful and just being able to see the variety of things being grown was pretty dang awesome.
Thank you, Angie, for the wonderful food and holding my precious baby girl!
And Nathan, you are one great guy! It is so awesome to see how 14 years can pass and it is as if it were yesterday. Extremely blessed to have had the chance to break bread with you and your family.
Also, we were gifted with some amazing lotions and soaps from Prairie Soap House & Apothecary. You should check out all of her wonderful handmade items. They are one of a kind!
I can not wait to order more and take some stock back with me to Kenya!
Daily Life Lessons:
Today we drove from Denver, CO to Mott, ND.
We got a great amount of rest yesterday and started the day actually on time. We also remembered to feed our children, so that is always a win.
Along the way, we stopped at Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore.
The road consisted of little towns, tractors and friendly waves from strangers.
We took it slow. Hopped out a lot and enjoyed the ever-changing scenery around us.
In the last three days, we have traveled 27 hours and 1,525 miles.
As we travel, we are leaving many daily life lessons. I will begin sharing a couple at the end of each day, so ENJOY!
I also have been asked multiple times, “How are you doing this with kids?”
Since, I am a perfect mother I thought I was qualified enough to give you the perfect answer.
Of course, I am kidding, but I did want to share some secrets.
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Daily Life Lessons:
We woke up this morning quite tired. In fact, we had planned to get a good amount of sleep to start with renewed strength and energy, but Sophie and Jadon had other plans.
It is funny when kiddos just know something is up and then BOOM. Plans change.
So again, we woke up tired, but in great spirits!
We loaded up the car, just to get down the road and realize we had not even fed Jadon. We win best parents award!
We had to quickly fix this as any parent knows having a hungry kid is just not a great time. We grabbed some fruit and a breakfast sandwich just to get down the road and have our little boy choking on his breakfast and throwing up all over himself.
For all of you with your mouth wide open right now. Jadon is completely alright… he is just in this stage where he likes to challenge himself on how big of things he can swallow before actually chewing. I am constantly telling that boy to chew chew chew.
After that episode was over and clothes were changed. We were off!
Or so we thought. We were extremely tired, so about 30 minutes later we decided to stop at a rest stop and nap. Yes, we napped about an hour into the trip.
But all in all. WE DID IT!
We conquered our longest leg of the trip and made it to Denver, Colorado.
We had an 18-hour travel day and are still loving each other. Let us throw high fives all around.
Let us not forget about miss Sophie. She is a born traveler.
She would eat when we stopped and kick around and then not a peep in the car.
We are some lucky parents to have a five-week-old who loves the road.
I want to welcome all of you to Safari Chronicles.
Let us adventure together.
Our bags our packed and we are on the road.
This road trip is about you. We love relationships and we love making unforgettable memories with the ones we love. We will be traveling all over the United States just so we can get a hug from you and enjoy a great conversation with a good cup of coffee in hand. So, here it goes!
Every week you will get to follow along with the adventure!
Also, we will be launching our 'shop' in August.
Everything bought from our shop will go towards our boys education in Kenya! Our hope is that through the love of travel and adventure, we can always find ways to continue to give back.
Remember that not all who wander our lost.
This is a journey of
Let us journey closely together, just as life was intended to be lived.