So far we've driven from Tennessee through Virginia, West Virginia, and a corner of Maryland to Pennsylvania, and stayed in Pennsylvania for 6 nights at 3 different houses. We then drove across Ohio, stopped for lunch with a camp friend there, then continued on to Indiana, where we stayed for 2 nights in 2 different houses. Leaving Indiana, we drove up to Michigan, and -- thankfully! -- we will be here, in the same house, for 4 nights.
We have been in a lot of places and talked with a lot of people in the past week and a half. I'll admit, some days it's totally exhausting. Being the introverts that Brett and I both are, some days we just want to hide and not socialize with anyone! But at the same time, it has been really good and interesting to see different places and connect with so many people. I've been blessed by how gracious and giving all of our hosts have been. People we know well, and people we hardly know, have opened up their homes to us, cooked us food, let us do our laundry, sat up late talking with us, and prayed for us. God is so good to provide everything we need on this journey, including time outside of our comfort zones :-)
One of the nights we spent in Pennsylvania was with some friends of ours who were counselors at Echo Ranch my first summer there. They just got married this past spring and are settled in their adorable little first house. It was so fun to reconnect with them -- us girls chatting about newlywed life and homemaking, while the guys exchanged hunting stories.
Another really enjoyable evening was our second night in Indiana, when we had dinner with several of Brett's great-uncles and great-aunts. What a fun group of people, with so many outrageous and hilarious stories! We spent a lot of time laughing that night!
A quick update on our support-raising -- we're currently at 22% of the monthly amount we need to raise. We spoke at a church in Pennsylvania last Sunday, who took up a wonderful offering for us, and we will be speaking here at a church in Michigan this coming Sunday. Most of the support, though, has come from individuals who love us and believe in the ministry -- what a huge blessing!!
I just gave our support-raising website a makeover today, so check it out! www.kilmersinak.weebly.com
Enjoy the day, wherever you are, and stay warm! :-)