Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Life on Board

people ask me often what it is like to tour in a bus with my family.
the first word that comes to my mind is always "crazy". 
and then I say, "well...let me think about how to describe it". 
every day holds something new. no two are exactly alike. there is always something going on.
inevitably, every day holds a bit, more or less, of the following:
cooking. meeting people. cleaning the bus. doing laundry. meeting people. visiting friends. navigating cities and churches. occasional afternoon naps (if we're driving during the afternoon). scoring schoolwork for the little brothers. occasional coaching with siblings schoolwork. coordinating concerts, arrival times, etc etc. counseling late into the night. organizing and reorganizing bays that are filled with everything from spare towels to canned chicken broth to volleyballs, and everything in between. =) using the handy-dandy GPS to locate everything from Walmart to Costco to coffee shops. (the latter-for wifi, not hangout. just to clarify)
cooking on the bus is pretty primitive. we do the best we can, but I miss our oven!
(above: cooking Taylor's birthday dinner last night-a mexican crockpot cassorole, broccoli, salad, fresh salsa w/ chips, and ice cream cones)

someone mentioned to me the other day that they don't know how I keep up with this blog while we're traveling. I have to admit, I wonder the same thing at times! I so rarely get fast wifi that when I do its not uncommon at all for me to frantically load pictures to blogger, just so they will BE THERE next time I actually have time to post something. =) 

wishing y'all a happy Tuesday, from San Antonio! =)
-chels

19 comments:

  1. Life on the bus does sound crazy but in a fun way. :) You are so beautiful!! :) I really like your nail polish! May I ask what brand and color it is? Blessings and safe travels!!!

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    1. The brand is Pure Ice and the number is 277CP!

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    2. Thanks for anwering my question! I will look into that brand! :) Blessings and safe travels! :)

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  2. agh I miss you!! love this. and yep, wifi. saw on pinterest awhile back the quote "all I need is a cabin in the middle of the woods, and wifi." #prettymuch

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  3. I've gotta admit that I love you're nail polish too! :) Ahhh, and bus life at it's finest. Traveling around the U.S and Canada with 9 people in a bus, full time is so much fun! :) But now that we settled down to start a church... I miss it! lol!

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  4. having lived in a bus travelling all over the country for my whole life, i know exactly what it's like Chels ;)

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  5. Yay! So glad you are here. Looking forward to tonight. :)

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  6. Your diligent endeavors inspire me so much, girl! And your post reminded me to not take for granted the blessing of cooking with an oven. =) If you ever do a post on travel cooking tips, I'd love to hear your advice. Love reading your updates - thanks for enduring the slow wifi connections for us all. ;) Blessings and miss you! P.S. And a very happy birthday to Taylor! =)

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  7. Hello Chelsy. I hope it is not too late to wish you a very bright, spiritfilled, blessed, prosperous and Christ centered New year. I am so blessed to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog " It is a Beautiful Life" and the post on it "Life on Board". I am more impressed to know from your profile "making a difference in my world for Jesus". This certainly is a motivating statement for me to share about the opportunity you can have to come to Mumbai, India on a missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai among poorest of poor to share the good news of Jesus Christ to give them new hope, life and future. I am in the Pastoral ministry in this great city for last 34yrs a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the people with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people like you as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us. We would love to have you and your teen aged siblings and friends to come on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai to bring healing to the broken hearted. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon.

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    1. Just out of curiosity Mr. Wankhede, it there a lot of Islamic or Hindu influence there in Mumbai? I hear about a lot of that in India. My family actually does quite a bit of mission work in Uganda and I know that Islam is a big problem there as well. Anyway, I think it's awesome what you're doing there in India. Keep on working for The Lord! -AbbyJoy

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  8. Pretty Cook! :)

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  9. Thank you for giving us a peek unto your bus! It sounds like quite the joyful adventure even if cramped!

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  10. I am missssing you chels! love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Sarah

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  11. Hi again Chels. I can totally relate to this blog post having been asked the question of "What is life like on a bus" pretty much on a day to day basis. There's definitely a lot more 'adjusting' on y'all's part though as you move from bus to house and back again, but I suppose that's one upside to living on our bus full-time. :) Anyway, please let Taylor know the Allen's wish him a happy birthday. Y'all have fun, God bless! -AbbyJoy :)

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  12. How do you keep the farm running with everyone on the road for weeks at a time?

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  13. This makes me miss you! Hope you are doing SUPER well. :)

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  14. Your welcome, May God Bless you and give you a joyous day! It certainly is an encouragement to hear of God's wondrous love and grace in the ministry, and as you shared last night, in the prison ministry as well.

    Continued prayer and support for your family,
    Greetings from Texas

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