Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 5 – Almost Grand Prairie

Moving nearly 2,000 miles is a long, tiring process. Along the way we noticed how much America looks similar from one state to another. We met an angel along the way who got us off the road before our tire blew.

The day started with breakfast at the hotel. Tom and I sat next to this elderly couple. His cell phone rang and he struggled trying to answer it. He told the person on the phone that he was glad he got him on the phone because he didn’t know how to check his messages. His wife told us how they just got the cell phones and she’s happy she knows how to place a call. Tom and I smiled. They were so sweet and loving to each other.

We left McPherson, KS and went through Oklahoma. When we got into Texas we hit traffic.

We got to about 10 miles of Grand Prairie when someone pulled along side of us honking. That’s right – the tire on the driver’s side of the car carrier was flat. We were in the middle of heavy traffic. As soon as Tom could he pulled over. Trying to get Budget on the phone was not easy. We called the roadside emergency number and as soon as we told them our information they put us on hold. We were on hold for a very long time. The first people they called didn’t have a tire to fit the car carrier. An hour and half went by and a few more phone calls before Tom finally decided to drive about a mile to the nearest hotel. He got a room while we still on hold. We checked in and ordered pizza and ate before someone got there and fixed the tire. It was much better than waiting on the side of the road in the middle of the highway in traffic, hungry and tired.

All is well and tomorrow we travel the 10 miles to our apartment and unload.

This made me think how often right before the payoff of something you have been waiting for, discouragement comes. Something happens that makes you want to give up. It reminded me of labor. I was so exhausted from all the pushing that at one point I said to Tom, “I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore. I want to go home.” It was a good thing that I didn’t give up because soon we had this beautiful baby girl. In the end something beautiful comes to pass.

I look forward to our new adventure deep in the heart of Texas.

© Nadine Zawacki 2008


Anonymous said...

Oh Nadine...I know these road trips are SO tiring!
My husband and I did it twice as newlyweds...the first time going all the way from Oregon to Virginia, taking the southern route through OK and Texas. We had to only sleep in the car or camp that trip and it was NOT FUN!
The second time was three yrs later, as we drove all the way back in a moving truck, pulling my car in back. This time, the Navy paid for motel stays, and the truck cab was nice and cozy, so much, much nicer. We went the northern route that time, so between the two routes, we covered a good deal of the country...some of it was loads of fun and a great experience...but TIRING!

Sorry to write a book...just thought I'd share my road travels, since yours are bringing back memories! Hang in there, Nadine! You're so right...the best is yet to be! :)
(writing from my mom's place!)

Dawn said...

Girlfriend, we've moved so often that I can feel your "tired" just reading this post. But, I have to admit that a big, ole grin is on my face at the fact that you're spending the night in Texas tonight. Welcome to Texas - you're gonna love it, I promise!!!

Blessings upon your sleep tonight, your last 10 miles and unpacking tomorrow!

Kellan said...

Glad to hear you've made it into Texas - safely. The hotel was a great idea!

Have a good weekend - Kellan

It's All Good! said...

I'm sure by the time you read this you be there. You made it! Welcome to your new home. You'll find Texans to be some of the nicest people in the least that was our experience while living in Wichita Falls.
Get some rest!
God bless,
Brenda :)

palmtreefanatic said...

I am sure you have made it in to Texas, safe and Sound! I will be anxious to hear all about it!

Strider said...

I thought about you guys today...I figured you were unloading the truck. Blessings on your new chapter of life. Strider.

Yellow Mama said...

Welcome to Texas. I lived in the DFW area many years ago, but now am in West Texas. I bless your moving in process and may you meet many, many great friends who will love you two and cherish you.


Toby Parsons said...

Hi Nadine,

WoW!!! Imagine my surprise when I logged onto your blog to find all of these major changes in your life! I've been so out of the loop for so long/

I pray you are settled in now and that your future in Texas is simply divine! :)

I did not know that your birthday is the same day as our youngest daughter. She just turned 17. :)

Can't wait to read your book too.

Many, many blessings Nadine and 'welcome home'! :):) :)

Theresa said...

Are we there yet?

Dawn said...

I am so far behind - I hope you're there by now and have everything off the truck, the kitchen organized, and the pictures on the walls!

I think the flat stuff comes because you wee on the interstate??

Shionge said...

Yo Nadine, sorry I have missed your past 4 days but glad to be here and catch up on your journey. I wish I could be on this road trip with you folks.

Take care and be safe. Hugs & Kisses!!

jennifer said...

PRAISE GOD that you got off of the road before that tire blew! I am thankful for his provision of protection for you. As well as the provision of pizza :)

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Beyond Me said...

Howdy!! Welcome to Texas, girl! Road trips are definitely always an adventure. I'm glad you arrived safely despite the snafu's. I pray you will be settled soon. Maybe we'll meet one day. Maybe not - I'm still eight hours from you. ha

Amydeanne said...

ack! that's crazy! It's funny b/c I know exactly where your talking! we drove between Canada straight to texas a few times (and we lived in Kansas for a spell as well!)

elizabeth embracing life said...

I went to school for a year in McPherson, KS. Do they have more than one street light now. LOL. What a long trip with little adventures along the way. It's been fun to be kind of on the journey with you.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

That last paragraph was really touching.

Demara said...

haha you're so funny labour? haha cute. I'm looking forward to reading more now. I can't believe how far behind I've gotten.

Penless Thoughts said...

Satan uses every tactic he can to discourage us......but our Lord is greater and yes, great things are ahead.