Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Just in Time to Get on the Bus

I want to start off by thanking everyone that commented here and on the post I created on sogospelnews. Like I said in the last post, you'll never realize how much words of encouragement help. 

We leave tonight, which usually means that I'll do absolutely nothing productive until the hour before we pull out of the driveway. I never pack, I will honestly just grab a handful of clothes that I washed this week and get on the bus. I realize this won't be the most interesting blog that I will write but it is something that happens once a week, so in order to get the full Jeff and Sheri experience, you have to go through the preparation.We normally leave the night prior to a concert, it just gives us a full day wherever our destination may be. The night that we leave, for me, normally goes like this: 

About 2 hours prior to leaving, I go to get the groceries for the bus. Basically, I just buy the same stuff every week. Fruits, vegetables, chips, soups, sodas, waters, Ramen noodles, and Chef Boy R Dee ravioli, all key ingredients to a wonderful "road" diet. 

By the time I get back from the grocery run, we are about 30 to 45 minutes away from pulling out. I'll put all of the groceries on the bus and then load up my clothes and any equipment I took off of the bus during the week.

Once that is finished, it is just a matter of parking my truck and getting on the bus and waiting on everyone else, or vice versa. 

After everyone has made it onto the bus we have prayer.

Then it is time to start a weekend.

Keep in mind, I have one of the easiest lists of anyone else getting on the bus. Mom normally has it pretty bad because she is packing the briefcase, suitcases for her and Maura, and making sure that she has all of her casual and dress clothes along with a weekend supply of diapers, ahh the surprises God can bless us with. Mom had her first chemo treatment on Monday, she is doing pretty well. Other than a couple of bouts with nausea and headaches, chills and fever she's been her usual self with lots of energy.

Well, that's about how it goes on the nights that we leave. Not extremely interesting, but it's just another part of traveling. It's pretty hectic but once we all get on the bus and get settled Mr. Michael Scott and other Dunder Mifflinites of The Office, or Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe help keep us entertained during the long hours of just riding from state to state.


The Bacon's Online said...

Just saw your bulletin advertising this site on MySpace. It would be a hard sell to get folks to believe you're a first-time blogger - typing like a PRO! Hope to see you guys at the Gaither Homecoming in Hampton, VA in a couple of weeks. Praying for a full and speedy recovery for your mom.

Anonymous said...

Really appreciate the blog keeping us up on all your travels and the many wonderful services you attend. We're praying for your family. It's so good to hear your Mom is doing good.
God will certainly see you guys through this. God Bless and Keep You All. Keep up the good work with the blog.

Darlene said...

I just wanted to stop by and say hello ...hope you all are having a blessed time OTR .....good luck on your blogging endeavors pretty new at it myself but it can be addictive
Have fun with it and know it is a great outlet for all your feelings and sometimes it is just a way to wrap your mind around something going on in your life .


Chris Unthank said...

Sounds interesting - can't wait to read more.

Elaine Harcourt said...

Madison, thanks for starting this blog & keeping us updated on life with The Easters. You are a special young man.

Diana said...

I'm really enjoying your writing style, Madison! You sure seem like a natural at this blogging stuff! Keep up the great work.