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“Hey Topher, I didn’t fall tonight!”
|In 7th grade, I had the same glasses|
but a little better haircut!
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|My daughter, Clara, was born in 2016, maybe she'll|
play a lead role in a Star Wars movie!
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|Micah came to help today!|
|Clara Afton taken by Kenedi Wren Photography|
|Topher in the morning recording while wearing the hopeful snowflake hat!|
We were blessed to spend a good amount of time with my grandmother this trip. Due to complications from a surgery mishap recently, Grandma had been in a pretty dire situation. Now she is able to fix us the traditional Carolinian "chili slaw dog" and treat us to a glass bottle cheerwine from her special stash. Everything does taste better at Grandma's!
Just a reminder that Grandma's can be very influential in a young man's life, just ask Timothy! "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well." - 2 Timothy 1:5
Good morning from Knoxville Tennessee! We are well on our way to seeing more family in NC. We came out of Middle Tennessee last night and enjoyed using a friend's fuel points at Kroger to get gas at $1.49. That was a very wonderful gift that we had never thought of before! So if others of you are not using fuel points you might just tell your friends or family who are traveling that they can use them on trips. We plan to do the same. Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!
|Micah has realized that his sister isn't cooperating!|
|Kaelynn, Jaxsen, Jasper, Clara, Micah, Ethan, Gabriel in front of Dad's house.|
|Ethan and Gabriel - Brotherly Love|
|Kaelynn, Gabriel, Ethan, Jaxsen, Jasper, Micah, Clara in front of Dad's house.|
First, we cooked Thanksgiving breakfast with the Cox family in the motorhome in Portland. Spiritual family is important to us. Then we had a big meal with Ashley's family in Goodlettesville, a lot of good faith was shared. Then we enjoyed a meal with my dad and kids in TN, more photos will come soon of that. Today I plan to change spark plugs in the motorhome, and then we are off, over the mountains toward the east coast for more family time! God has been so good to us on this trip!
I'm chronicling the whole trip on www.topherwiles.com if you want to follow and smile!
We made it yesterday evening to Mammoth Cave National Park. We're excited about a little bit of backpacking, the little bit of rain we got, and heading down into one of the world's biggest caves. 400 miles of known underground passageway sounds exciting to me! We enjoy annually a trip out in the woods right before Thanksgiving, it gives us a good appetite right before Thanksgiving.
We are the MOA Tribe (Men Of Action)!
"The invisible qualities of God can be clearly seen through creation." - paraphrase from my memory of Romans 1:19-20
See all of our trip updates at http://www.topherwiles.com
What good is adventure without a little bit of adversity? After 18 hours from the moment when hour engine died on the interstate, we're back on the road! Turned out an ignition coil has gone bad. But now I have a new distributor cap, rotor, ignition module, and ignition coil! I'm grateful that I grew up with a man in my life who taught me how to use some tools. Thanks Dad!
"In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world." - From Jesus in John 16:33 I think?
This is how we roll in the motorhome. We're only 2 hours in our first full family vacation of 2016. Micah is snoozin and Ethan is dominating at blockus. This is our first real test to determine if we want to drive the motorhome all the way to California next year. I have a feeling the mountains between Tennessee and North Carolina will give us a good idea of what we're in for. Our Thanksgiving holiday looks to be full of Adventure, I hope yours is too! #familytime