When we got back to the “rig”, we loaded all of our things back inside and prepared for “take off”. I did my usual walk-around, pulled in the slides, and cranked her up. While the engine was getting to proper operating temperature, and the air pressure adjusting to “drive mode”, we headed into the church because Mom was going to give us a quick tour of the church. “Showers” is a beautiful facility, and I know that God is pleased at how it is maintained and presented. We finished up our tour and it was “that time” for big hugs and kisses for Mom. Our time for departure had come. Mom had been such a blessing to us during short stay, and we are eternally grateful for her love and support. Mom took some of our ministry cards, because the Pastor and other members wanted to know more about what God was doing in and through our ministry. We will certainly be back to Showers, but we will likely park at a local campground next time, rather than the church parking lot; “Destiny” created a bit of a “buzz” parked “over there” :-)
As she normally does when I am leaving her house, Mom stood at the front door waving and blowing kisses as we pulled off. She always stays there until we are out of her sight. I know Mom was shedding tears as we left; she has been doing that as far back as I can remember. I’m so blessed to have a Mom that loves God first, and cherishes her family. She was my first example that led me to Jesus Christ; I now rise and call her “Blessed” (Proverbs 31:28)
We jumped on highway 64, heading west. It was time for us to make our way to Tennessee, so that we could spend a little time with Adriene’s Dad (Forrest Powell) and family. We were on our way to Crossville, Tennessee; which is not too far from where they live in Monterey. I have very fond memories of our last couple of visits to their “hideout” in the hills of Tennessee. The first time was during the winter months with our entire family; that is when I really identified my love of writing (more on that later). The second time, it was just Ariene (my oldest daughter) and I, passing through in a rented Cruise America RV, pulling her car on a U-Haul trailer. We were on a “College Road Trip”; I was taking Ariene to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She was in pursuit of her Masters Degree.
I think this was our third time visiting Adriene’s Dad in Tennessee; I’m always excited about spending time with him, especially now that my Dad is no longer with us. We put in a full day of driving that day. After a short time on US-64, we jumped on Interstate 40 west for the rest of the travel day. It was a long 8 hours of driving from Rocky Mount, NC to Crossville, TN, but it was some beautiful scenery along the way; particularly when we got up into the mountains of Tennessee. We usually don’t drive for extended hours these days, but we wanted to get the Tennessee that night so that we could spend as much time as we could there.
After a little research, we decided to stay at Springlake RV Resort in Crossville during our stay. We are always praying that God would direct us to the campgrounds where He wants to use us. We pulled into the campground during the afternoon, so we still had plenty of daylight hours for getting settled in. After getting checked-in, the campground host guided us to our site (#58) in his golf cart; he even helped me as I backed my way into our site. Surprisingly, the campground wasn’t too full. After we got settled in, we contacted Adriene’s Dad and told him that we were in town; it wasn’t long and we saw Dad pulling into the campground and winding his way around the lake, heading for our location. We didn’t recognize that it was him until he got close because he was in a new vehicle that we hadn’t seen before. I was thinking “Nice ride Dad, this would look great being towed behind our motorhome” :-) We are still in the market for a “dingy – tow vehicle”, so I’ve always got my eye open for the right vehicle, and a great deal.
It’s always good to see Dad, we were surprised that he was by himself; we were expecting the whole family. We still had a great visit that evening; we decided that we were going to stay an additional full day so that we had plenty of time to “catch up”, so Dad hung out with us for a while, then headed home for the evening. We had already planned to get together again in the morning, so we were looking forward to it.