We spent a total of 12 days in Texas. We visited multiple places and had 6 stays. Our time in Texas felt like a whirlwind as we packed up and ventured on to a new place every 2 days. We were so blessed by our time in TX and by the people we got to be with. We even survived multiple “severe” thunder storms, flash floods, and a handful of tornado warnings! Our days of constant sunshine and beach visits feel so very far away.
During our time in TX we also had the opportunity to have 2 RYFO events hosted by two of our RYFO homes. Through these events we met local contacts that had an interest in RYFO. We believe that these events served as seed planting opportunities as we spread awareness and extended invitations for new people to join RYFO.
Unfortunately our time in TX did not lend us a lot of free time to explore the different cities we stayed in. The majority of our time in Texas was spent indoors due to inclement weather and one very sick child. Judah caught some kind of virus that caused him to be the sickest he’s ever been in his life. While we battled Judah’s sickness we also battled our first bout of travel “tiredness.” At one point we realized our limitations and decided to make changes to our tour dates by booking a night off at a hotel. We had the opportunity to rest, swim, and get some much needed family time in the heart of Houston. This was also our first opportunity to do some exploring as Judah finally felt better and we felt rejuvenated and revitalized.
If there’s one major lesson we’re learning right now it’s how to be flexible and to live life ONE DAY AT A TIME. We’re learning to slow WAY down and to be open to plans changing at a moment’s notice. We’re also learning the grand importance of letting go of ownership over our belongings. While staying with our Host families and hearing their stories and hearts for hosting we heard the following phrase multiple times, “what I have is not my own.” This phrase continues to echo through our hearts…
What we have is not our own. It doesn’t belong to us. Everything we own belongs to our Father and we want to live with open hands that do not hold on to our “stuff.” Not having an address right now is one of the most freeing experiences we’ve had. We’ve even begun to discuss the possibility of extending our time on the road! It’s hard to put into words what’s stirring in our hearts but it begins with the simple idea that life can be lived at a slower pace with less belongings, more flexibility, and with open hands.
Lastly, if you’ve never been to TX, you should know that locals take their homeland pretty seriously. The above image is satirical in nature but believe you me, lots of people from TX see the world through Texas colored lenses. It was refreshing to be in a place where people take pride in their home. If you visit, just remember…DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS 😉
TRIP Overview (as of 5/23/2015):
# of stays: 11
# of RYFO events: 2
# of hours traveled: 62
States visited: 5
Distance Covered: 2,249 miles