Friday, April 1, 2022

Winter in Florida

 Mike, Abby and I spent the winter in Florida from November to March.

We arrived at cousin Ryan’s home in Crestview on November 20th and stayed with them Thanksgiving week.  From there we made our way to West Palm Beach area for most of the winter.  My parents live in Delray Beach just south of West Palm.  We decided to put the camper in storage for a few months and live with them, this way we could spend more time with them plus God gave us discernment on what was going to happen this winter when we reserved our storage spot a few months prior.

So on Sunday, December 5th we put the camper in storage and on December 7th my Dad was admitted into the hospital because his defibrillator was malfunctioning.  They fixed that by changing his defibrillator to a pacemaker and did ablation on his heart.  He came home on December 10th.

On December 16th while scanning Indeed, I came across a job posting that read as if my former employer posted my previous job description; so I decided to submit my resume for the position.  The next day I received a request for an interview.  Had the interview the following Monday and was offered the job the next day.  I work for an IT company out of NJ as the IT Administrative Assistant.  My job is full-time with benefits and a 100% remote.  My supervisor calls me her Christmas gift, little does she know that the job is my gift from God.  God’s blessing comes in His timing.

On Christmas eve, Mike got a call from his step-dad, Jerry, that Mike’s mom, Mary broke her hip and had to have emergency surgery on Christmas day.  Jerry, himself healing from some health issues, asked Mike to come to help them, not only around the house, so they can heal, but help bring Mary’s spirits up as well.  This was the discernment from God - to put our camper in storage and for us to stay with my parents.  So Mike flew to Montana, January 6th while Abby and I stayed with my parents in Florida.  He was there for almost 5 weeks.  He flew back to Florida on February 8th.

While Mike was in Montana I stayed busy with my new job, plus still doing work for our business, Devine Web Design and being the newsletter editor and social media creator for Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) Montana.  While staying with my parents, I met new friends in the condo complex, we played cards and bocce ball twice a week.  Also visiting with Uncle Tom is always a lot of fun and a ton of laughs.

Mike and I took a Motorcycle Training Class while in Florida, to get our license endorsements.  For Mike this was easy, since he rode dirt bikes as a kid and knew the fundamentals of riding.  Me not so much, we all know how I did on the quad at roads and trails.  If not check out that blog post… Mike got a 100% on the written exam and riding exam.  I got an 88% on the written but failed the riding.  I need practice as this was my first time riding a motorcycle, but I am happy with my progress.  I know how to ride a bike with my feet on the pegs and didn’t dump the bike.  I can turn it, speed up and brake without freaking out but need more practice to build up my confidence.  Overall I had fun and plan to practice this summer and get my endorsement next year.

Before Mike went to Montana we found a church in Boca so Mom and I would go every Sunday while he was away.  Mom even got baptized the Sunday we left their condo and moved back into our camper, February 27th.

After getting settled in the camper again, we decided to move up to Orlando for a couple weeks before moving up north and west to Crestview to visit cousin Ryan and his family for a week before our trek west to Montana for the summer.

While in Orlando, Mike decided to treat me to my 50th birthday present in advance.  We went flying (indoor skydiving).  On my birthday we will be miles from nowhere, so why not extend my birthday into a month + celebration.  Originally we wanted to go to Alaska but with the COVID thing that put a wrench in our plans.  Flying was a lot of fun, I highly recommend it.  Worth it!

With my new job our traveling has changed. We slowed it down; travel on weekends to work during the week.  Also, you will notice that we are not on social media as much and our blog post will be maybe once every few months.  Life is busy and we will do our best to keep you posted.  Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get noticed when we update our blog.

As always God bless and keep you.  Safe travels and enjoy your life.

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