When we left the Leavers’ ranch on Sunday morning, we headed north to Dallas. There is a church up there that we’ve heard a lot about and we were excited to get the chance to go for a visit. They had a 12:30 service, which was great, since it was over a two-hour drive from Mt. Calm.
We pulled in *just* in time…after “re-calculating” a few times. 😉 It was certainly a Texas-sized church! Whoa! The music was phenomenal and it was a joy to take it all in and be there praising God with all these people, so many miles from home! The boys particularly enjoyed the TWO drum sets they had on stage!
As big as that church is, they also have several satellite campuses and it was really interesting to see how they handled that on such a large scale. We got to spend some time talking to the people in the sound/tech booth afterwards. The boys were AMAZED by it all…and so were we.
After the service, we walked around the rest of the building for a little while. There was a lot to take in…including a full-scale cafe, bookstore, and awe-inspiring Children’s area. Aiden said, “This is like a church MALL!” [laughing tears emoji]
As we were leaving, we got into a conversation with a sweet woman at the Information Desk. She’s actually from New Jersey, so we had a lot to talk about. While we were standing there, another woman walked by and overheard that we were on a road trip. Without saying anything, she went into a cabinet behind the counter and handed us a worship cd (that their church produced) so we could play it in the RV! So sweet!!
It was a really neat experience and worth the drive!
By this time, we were really hungry!! We wanted something quick…because we had one more surprise stop, before another long drive to the campground for the night. After passing so many of them, we can finally say we’ve had Whataburger! It was pretty good! But the salted caramel milkshake was the best!!
Although…we are holding out for the Big Kahuna, further west: In and Out Burger. ❤
Before we left home, we were plotting things on the map for our trip. We knew we couldn’t stop in Dallas without going just a little further – to Frisco – to drive by the Dude Perfect headquarters! 😉 But we didn’t tell the boys…we wanted to surprise them! After lunch, we pulled into Frisco and had to stop for gas. While it was pumping, Joe – being a super sweet Daddy – went into one of the outside compartments to get the boys’ Dude Perfect football, so we could get a picture. To his surprise, it wasn’t in there! We forgot that we had taken it inside the RV when the Stepper mechanic came to pick us up. Remember that?? That feels like a month ago! [sweating emoji]
What was even more surprising to Joe, was when the door to the outdoor compartment came crashing down on his brow bone!! [big eyes emoji!!] It was NOT funny at the time…but now, typing this, my shoulders are shaking. I’m remembering Joe opening the passenger side door – moaning, with his hand over his eye – and flopping his head down on the the seat. I had NO idea ANY of this had happened…it seriously looked like he got hit by a car!! It’s ok to laugh…he’s fine now. ❤ But I mean, there was blood gushing down his face!! I had literally JUST talked to him outside the door, like a minute before this! I thought I was being punk’d!!
My immediate reaction (after getting Joe a wet paper towel and ice) was like, “Let’s not worry about stopping there, Honey! Let’s just sit here awhile and take a break.” I even offered to DRIVE Eleanor! I mean…that’s how serious it was!! But Joe insisted we still go for the boys. We were two minutes away.
Well………it was SO worth it! Even though no one was there, and we couldn’t get in, the boys were OVER THE MOON about seeing it. ❤ ❤ Super Awesome Dad!! What a trooper!
But now, I think Joe gives a whole new meaning to “Pound It! Noggin!”
We got back in the RV and headed towards our next stop. There was a really neat looking RV park in Amarillo. It was a long drive, but they were going to let us come in after hours and this would allow us to make up a little time on our route.
Joe was a champ, driving another 5 hours. We put the bed down for the boys, en route, and finally pulled into the site around 11:00 pm. Whew! We made it! And it was a *another* good day…
| This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 |