Camping by the beach, broken AC and Hotel life…

Let me start off by saying…you would not believe the week I’ve had!

So it all started last Friday. I was getting the boys ready for bedtime around 7:30 pm, I had rented a movie (American Sniper) and was preparing for bed myself. My husband walks into the bathroom and says, “Start packing, we’re going to Galveston for Memorial weekend.” I stopped and asked if he was serious? He already had the boys jumping for joy while they ran in their closet to start packing, haha! I was immediately happy but I was a little worried I’m not going to lie. It was a lot to think about with four kids, especially the baby. And I knew my husband was tired from the week so we had to leave soon since he was driving us. So in a frantic pace I started packing everything I could think of. About an hour later we were on the road. We arrived in Galveston past 2 a.m. We had a great time! The water was warm. The waves are always kind to the kids, which is great when you are outnumbered like we are :) and the sun was not scorching hot. It was perfect. We visited the pool when it was too late, the baby loved it as well. Here are some pictures from our stay in Galveston!

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My baby boy turned 4 on Saturday! IMG_6664

 Sounds great right? It all started the day we were suppose to come back, my hubs went to start the RV and our battery was dead! Have I mentioned before that we are new at owning an RV? Oh my, it just kept getting worse and worse. We got someone to give us a jump-start and headed out. Well about 3 miles in, the RV just stopped. Like literally, it died! We were in the middle of the road and apparently the battery was so dead it wasn’t keeping the charge. Again, someone jump started us, we needed to make it to Walmart, AutoZone, PepBoys…anywhere were we could get a new battery! So again, we get going. About a mile before Walmart, you guessed it…it died again! Thankfully my poor husband was able to drive it into a parking lot where a generous man drove him to Walmart and brought him back. Meantime, the RV was super hot so I took three out of our four to the  beach (thank the Lord it was a short walk away) while our second oldest went with daddy. Finally we get on the road again. Everything seems okay now, we are finally headed home. Nope, too easy. It started to storm like crazy! The roads started to flood in Houston and there was a ton of rerouting. At one point we were wondering where in the world they were routing us, our Google Maps would not load because of the storm, we were practically at people’s mercy. For reals, it was madness! We left the RV Park around noon and got home at midnight! It usually takes us about 4-5 hours and it took 12! Finally, we are home, home sweet home!

The next day, Tuesday, around 5 pm I started to notice our AC wasn’t cooling. The baby woke up crying and sweating from her nap. You guessed right again, our AC wasn’t working. My husband got someone out to check it out, they said it had a leak and we needed to replace “something” (I’m a girl, this obviously didn’t matter to me, I just wanted it fixed!) It would be until Friday before it would get fixed. What?! We just got home! So that night we slept in the house. Windows open, it wasn’t too bad except I woke up with a sore throat. Boo. But as Wednesday got hotter and hotter we knew we had to get out. It was unbearable! My husband looked around for an inexpensive hotel, nearby in case I needed to go home to pick anything up. So we headed to our local Hyatt. Well, my husband went to work. I headed there with the four kids. Thankfully the room was large, they had a pathetic play pen set up for the baby but it worked after making it more comfortable for her. It was a long 2 days! Good news came when the AC guy said they could come Thursday and they fixed it. Woohoo! We got home late but I was so glad to just be home, in my bed. I had a horrible time with the hot pool weather and the cold hotel rooms. I hardly slept. I don’t remember the last time I did my hair, or my makeup and wore something cute. It was survival mode. Yesteday my youngest son said his throat hurt, poor thing. And today the baby has had a runny nose and is super clingy. I just want things to get back to normal. It’s been a week since we were home and I appreciate my home more than you can imagine! Here are a few pictures from our Hotel stay!

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Still, we are blessed with each other. A little sore throat is nothing we can’t deal with. Our home is still ours and God is still God! Life can get so hectic and hard at times. I think it helps us appreciate what we have. It reminds me to be grateful for everything God has given us in His mercy. He is still in control. The stars and moon still answer to His command. My life is safe in His care. My life is in His hands and it makes me realize how much I need Him every second of the day. Having four small children needing you for all their needs is not easy. I can only do it with Jesus by my side. Guiding me, giving me patience and love so I can pour into my babies.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

I am far from perfect. One thing I do know, is that I need Him every second of the day!

“I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalms 91:2

If there is anything I want to share with you today, is that you can always count on God! He will never let you down. Call on Him when you feel like you can’t anymore. He is always there, waiting for you to say the word. He loves you.

This past week was definitely an adventure! Until next time, Linda 

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