Day 2 of Jumping

Here is my mama writing this post:
Moving to FL has been on my heart for almost 2 years. I had many doubts. Wondered how it would work. As I waited on God, he revealed His perfect plan.
I knew that leaving my family and close friends would be really difficult and that is one of the factors that held me back. After reaching a certain age (50+), and realizing I still can live out my dreams, I decided to go for it. However, I could never have taken this leap without my family, friends, and God!
From October 1 – November 1, a whirlwind of events have taken place. The home I was living in sold. I had to be out of the house by October 31st. I sold or donated most of my belongings. I am starting fresh and new. I have never done this before in my life. The only things I am taking to JAX are what can fit in my Honda Civic and 11 small boxes that I have shipped to my daughter’s house.

In the midst of this dream becoming reality, I realized that another dream was being fulfilled as well. I have wanted to take an extended road trip and create memories like I did I when I was a child traveling with my family throughout the States. This is now becoming a reality as my second daughter, Jill, has been able to partake in this journey with me.

Today we drove from Springfield, OR to Eureka, CA. 304 miles. 3/4 of a tank of gas. My favorite part of the day was laughing my head off with Jill. Her sense of humor keeps me in stitches.
We decided to get off the Interstate and head down Highway 101, along the coast of California. We wanted a more scenic drive and low and behold, we passed a sign warning of elk crossing, sure enough to see 50-60 elk crossing Hwy 101. Jill slammed on the brakes. She was out the door, camera in hand, by the time I flipped on the hazard lights.
I was drawn to the ocean, so we pulled off the highway at least 4 times. The waves crashing, the wind blowing, the sun shining and the fresh air was intoxicating.
I am learning to be present in the moment and enjoy every aspect of life God gives me. The simplicity of gazing on the beauty of His creation, a hillside or the clouds, has renewed my faith and reminded me that He is in control of my life. I can trust Him with every part of me.
Can I be an encouragement to you? Let God renew the hopes you have had in your heart. Do as the Psalmist says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that He is God.”
We are excited about a new day tomorrow and we hope you wake up with a renewed joy for life!
Here are several pics of our day of travel through Oregon and California! Hope you enjoy!

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