Maverick, our elf on the shelf, appeared today! Mena found him on top of the shelf/ cabinet in the bathroom up by the fan. Yeah, he found us on the road!!! Mena was so worried about it as the tooth fairy had some issues earlier this month finding Franki and some of her teeth! She was so excited to find him in the RV bathroom and called her siblings into the bathroom to see him. Guess the fan areas on the RV can work like chimney’s at home. This is a good sign that we can have Christmas, RV style this year.
Today, Miss Summer has an appointment at the Petco to see the groomers – Mena and I took her at 9:30 for her 10 am appointment. Pet adoption folks bringing in rescue dogs and cats. Summer was watching us from the grooming windows. We looked at animals especially the fish and hamsters and then headed back to the RV. Mena wants a fish but I told her that is not a good pet for the RV….that fish would be sick all the time from driving and at the rate I’m going with electronics – I would probably kill a fish.
Back at the RV- Dawson updated our route map online and posted it on FB and we made more reservations to get us to moving on after next weekend. He doesn’t do this often so it was perfectly timed by God as to who was going to see it posted on Facebook. This becomes important later on in the story.
Dawson wanted to get the kids their Christmas gifts early – so to the Sprint store we went. For the record, I do not agree with his plan but he said he wants to enjoy Florida and I don’t want to go in by myself and do it! So I compromised and we are going to the store to see about adding to my plan. Depending on the plans - Q will be getting a new phone and maybe Franki. My normal rule would be not to get her a phone until she is 12- but I will have an open mind as we go to the store. So not wanting to do this – but I know we need to explore some options here.
Franki was the happiest she has been on this entire trip. Yep - it is making sense to get her a phone and I am actully ok with it! We met Marcia, our Sprint CS Rep, who was great with us and all our questions. She was a student at the university campus across the street - and she loved her job at Sprint! She asked me about working at Corporate….pretty fun conversation. By my account she knew I was either still a corp Sprint employee or had been at some point in my past. You know I loved my career at Sprint and all I learned there and the great people I met there many who I am still in contact with and some that are some of my closest friends to this day! Thanks Marcia for all your help with our phone service. You were great! Best wishes to you and your bright future – you will go places girl! Sprint – she is good at representing your products and the type of customer service you need in this world!!! Good job, well done Marcia! Can you tell I am an HR person – always giving feedback and recognition.
Franki is like a new girl…..now she can stay connected to home and maybe feel better about our adventure while she is still connected. That phone was like a “magic pill” for her – she is so excited and I know she feels like we really trust her and believe she is responsible enough to take care of a phone and use it properly. She grew up the very minute Marcia placed that phone in her possession. It was fun to watch but as a mom – it made my sad too….my babies are growing up in so many ways right in front of my eyes! It’s crazy – blessed to be open to the moment!
Petco called and Summer was ready early but we were still at the Sprint store. We wrapped up with 2 new phones and then headed back to get Summer girl. Q, Mena and I went in to get her……she looked so good but she was ready to go! She was pulling us to the door! I went to pay for her “pet day at the spa” (which by the way is NOT yeap for a 70 lb dog) and then got her out of the store.
Jimmy John sandwiches for all and we headed to a park to run the dog and eat outside enjoying the amazing weather today as it ICEY winter conditions back at home. We ran Summer and decided to head back to the RV to rest for a while. I want to go to church tomorrow so I looked up churches in area and have it narrowed down to two or three ….the one closest to the RV park that looks to be potential ones we could attend tomorrow as a family. I was glad Dawson was on board with attending as a family. It meant a great deal to me that he was supportive when the kids all of course said no way. Funny how they know when he is in support of my idea that its going to happen. Church is going to happen for the Fercho’s tomorrow! We haven’t been since we left home and listening to them online works but isn’t the same. We need to go as we are here and have no excuse not to go this week.
From Dawson’s facebook post this am, he learned he had a high school friend here in Charlotte and they were replying back and forth on FB then John called Dawson. They talked and he invited us all over to help celebrate his fiance’s 37th birthday. Dawson asked if we wanted to do that and I said yes, we should. It was a bon fire and sounded fun. On the way there the kids were saying will their be kids there, what if we don’t have fun, etc etc. We told them we would just check it out and to have an open mind and let’s see what we think once we get there. It is weird – because even though D and I don’t verbalize our thoughts like the kids – it is weird in a strange town someplace none of us have ever been – we often question what we are doing too. But I think this will be a fun outing for us as a family!
Awesome night of meeting new people – John, Shannon, Pam her mom, Gracie and Colton (2 of John’s kids)– you all have a beautiful new home. Congrats to you both. We loved your Christmas decorations as well. And the 3 dogs – they were great. Shannon, Happy Birthday girl.
We met some great folks while we were there at the party:
Maurice and his friend
Jeremy & Regan
Trevor & Tarah
Morris, Lisa and Dori Morrison
It was a very fun and an enjoyable night getting to know some new people and their stories and connections in Charlotte. The kids even had a fabulous time with Gracie and the dogs! Most folks we have met are not native to NC, have not been from here but all love it here in North Carolina.
Fun night …. Fun fun night…..and a blessed night…..some pretty amazing connections were made by us all. I really enjoyed my conversation with Lisa Morrison and really connected with her. She is a sweet person inside and out. As they were leaving she invited us to her home this coming week. I’m excited for what is in store with a friendship with her and Morris. Cool people and that sweet Dori – she is so cute and cuddly….hard to believe my kids were that small. Everyone at the party were so nice and interested in our story…..Shannon and John were very fun hostess!
Colton had a little trouble at the end of the night from a poor, 17 year old mistake and one that we used as a “teaching moment” for our kids. The cops came by – ugh – to ask him some questions. Seventeen and young – so many lesson’s still to learn. Not a huge deal but something – you sometimes learn the hard way. He is a good kid and you could tell it freak him out a little bit. Something that took place in a busy parking lot on Black Friday. Not a big deal but a big lesson!!!
Invite to Church – Lisa invited me to join them. And funny – the guys, John and Morris, invited Dawson too, in a separate conversation. So Elevation Church is where we are going tomorrow am. Thank you God for presenting this opportunity.
We wrapped up our night by the fire pit with our new friends to head back to the RV. We were ready to call it a night……it was a busy day – physically fit a lot in and emotionally – overwhelmed with how the day played out and the new friends we made!
We took it all in and said – Thank you!!! And good night.
Here’s to new connections – new opportunities and new friendships!
Tiffany and family