What is your Culture?

What is your Culture?

By, Jewels Muller

I used to cry when the cultural groups would come to the Elementary School where I was a teacher. The Native Americans would put on an assembly to teach us about their culture. A group from Africa would come and dance and play drums. Another one from Mexico would come around Cinco De Mayo in their beautiful cultural dress and would sing and dance in celebration. These assemblies were so wonderful that I would be moved to tears and find myself asking the question, “What is my culture?” “What do I celebrate?” “What are my songs and what are my dances?” I am an American but where do I come from and how do I celebrate? What does it mean to me to be an American? I am part of the American culture.

From a very early age I was taught to respect the American Flag. We honored her. We saluted her. We would not let her touch the ground. We raised her and lowered her at summer camp. We were taught to fold her into a tight triangle. She was placed on the caskets of fallen soldiers and then handed to the widow or widower during the funeral. She was made for us. She was made for Americans. She is the representation of many men and women who fought for our freedom. Died for our freedom. She is beautiful. She is part of my culture as an American. She is part of me. She is my song and dance.

I can remember seeing an angry group from another country burn our precious beautiful flag in a movie I was watching. My heart sank, but I could understand that perhaps they were angry with us and that was how they were lashing out. What I can’t understand for one moment is an American disrespecting our beautiful flag. Although, I can come to understanding when I acknowledge that it is a young person that may not know better who is acting out to get attention. When I find out it is adults who are teaching our youth and who are part of my American culture, it leaves me dumbfounded. It hurts my heart. Why don’t they leave if they disrespect our country and our people who fought for our freedom? The thing that really gets me is this… This is how amazing our country is… You have the right to do it! You have the right to blatantly disrespect our American flag because we LIVE in this great country of America which allows you that right. You have the right to sit when others stand and salute her. It really hurts my heart but it is your right. That is why our America is so beautiful.

Again, I don’t know the answers to all of this but I have the American right of free speech and I wanted to voice my opinion about my culture and my beautiful American flag. It doesn’t matter what color I am or what sex I am. I am an American citizen. I am part of this beautiful “Melting Pot” of a culture which is what we used to call it. We used to embrace the diversity and we were proud to be part of this melting pot. What happened to that? I could learn the dances of other cultures and be exposed to other languages and foods and stories and we were all one among many different people. I LOVE the different people who make up America. I love the individuals who bring their stories, their cultures, their beliefs, their individuality. I am proud of America. I am proud of our American Flag. I will work alongside anyone who is interested in making her even better but to tear her down in the process is not the solution. The question is, “What can I do to serve the American people (be it one or many) and make this country even better?”

Hawaii to Maine in a RV – Logistics

Hawaii to Maine in a RV –  Logistics

We can’t even believe our lifestyle sometimes. One week we are in Hawaii, the next in Vernon, Canada and a week later in Wells, Maine. How can this be in an RV? Well, it wasn’t in an RV in Hawaii. The planning and logistics of a fulltime RV’er can be complex at times. This blog will simply be a reconstruction of what we did, so I have a record and for those of you who are curious; it might be an interesting read.

My wonderful in-laws invited us to Hawaii to stay with them in their timeshare. “How long can you stay?” They asked. “How long do you want us?” We happen to be able to work no matter where we are, if we have an internet connection, so Hawaii is just as good as any other place with wifi.

On April 13 – 15, 2017 we had an event in Portland, Oregon so we made our way up from California to Portland, stopped over 1 night in Bend, Oregon so the boys could go to their orthodontist on April 11th, and then headed to the Pheasant Ridge RV Resort in Wilsonville, OR. We purchased a used car on the 12th. They agreed to keep the car until we returned from Hawaii.  We ran around on the 13th getting the final items together for our big Chicks Connect Inspiration Celebration and attended the kick off the night of the 13th. The boys stayed with my parents during this event. This was the first one they missed but I wanted them to spend time with my folks.

The event was over at 5pm on the 15th, we cleaned up and headed to our Rig at Pheasant Ridge. Both of my sisters were kind enough to come over and give us hugs and help me clean out our refrigerator because you can’t store food in there when you put your rig in storage. The freezer and fridge need to be emptied and cleaned out so your refrigerator doesn’t get moldy. Packing up an RV takes time. Everything needs to be put away since it will be moving. Imagine everything on your counters throughout your home needing to be put away, all hanging items off the walls, everything cleaned out of your fridge, and then bringing in the walls of your living room. Those are called slides. We have 2 decks and 2 slides that also need to be put up and brought in. Oh, we also needed to pack for Hawaii. My mom brought the boys over, helped with the fridge, gave us big hugs goodbye.

MISTAKE ALERT – not on purpose of course, but I did make a big mistake while planning this and I want to warn others so they don’t do the same thing. When I was making the reservations, I booked the RV resort from the 11th to the 15th because I was checking into the hotel on the 15th so that seemed logical. What I didn’t compute was, check out at the RV park is at 11am and we were there until 7pm. I should have booked our RV stay until the 16th since we were so late in checking out. They had someone who wanted our spot and we were still there when they came to check in. They tried to call us but we were deep into our event and our phones were turned off. I felt terrible when I realized my mistake. They found another spot for them and they simply charged me for an extra night, but I don’t like making mistakes.

We drove the Rig to the Shilo Inn at the Portland Airport and TJ dropped us off with the luggage. We checked in and sorted and organized our clothes one more time so we could leave a suitcase and not pack as much. (We still packed way too many clothes). TJ took the Rig to the Storage facility, unhooked, and arrived back at the Shilo Inn at about 2am.

Staying at the Shilo Inn Airport Hotel was a good idea since we had to be up at 5am the following morning to get to the airport to catch our plane to Hawaii and we needed a place to keep our truck during our time away.

April 16 – May 4 – Kona, Hawaii

We had two separate reservations for our trip home. Jenson and Jewels going on one flight and TJ and Lukas on another. Side note: TJ’s parents had the same flight at TJ and Lukas. They offered to give up their seats on an Alaskan Airline flight from Kona, Hawaii to Redmond, Oregon.

They both received $800 cash, a convertible rental car, a hotel room, all food covered, and they scheduled them for the following night which added 1 ½ days to their trip not to mention $1600 cash! Wowza! Benefit of being flexible with your travel plans. You can offer to give up your spots for perks. These were some serious perks.

TJ and Lukas had many delays on their leg from Seattle to Portland due to nasty weather. They were supposed to arrive at 9:45pm but it was closer to midnight before they arrived at the Shilo Inn. Jenson and Jewels returned to Portland airport as scheduled coming through San Francisco, caught the shuttle, and arrived at the hotel around 1:30am on May 5th. We all slept and woke up early the next morning.

On May 5th TJ dropped me off at my Organizing client’s home and I worked with her for 8 hours while TJ and the boys ran errands, picked up the dog, visited doctors, and went to my parent’s. We picked up the used car that we purchased and dropped it off at a storage facility to be picked up again sometime soon. (Not sure when this will happen). We said our goodbyes to my parents and headed to the storage facility to pick up our Rig. We hooked up and started on our way to Vernon, Canada. (It is about 10pm now on May 5th)

May 5th – Drove north from Portland from 10pm – 1am – Flat Tire on the rig so we pulled over for the night in a Walmart that had a tire shop. We got it patched in the morning. The boys learned how to remove and put on a tire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 6-7 – Driving to Vernon, Canada. No problem at the border. Boys are 15 and we used their birth certificates. We will need to get them passports when they turn 16 and mine expires this year as well.

 

 

May 7th we arrived in Vernon, Canada and stayed with our friends until May 13th.

 

 

 

May 13th we drove back down to the states and checked in at an RV park in Coeur de Alene, Idaho where TJ’s sister and family were visiting for Hunter’s soccer tournament. TJ’s parents also happened to be visiting so we saw both families and watched Hunter’s soccer game.

 

 

We were set to check out on May 14th, Mother’s Day, and start our trip to Boston, MA to see my niece graduate.

May 14th, We were all packed up and ready to bring in our slide so we could get on the road. When Jenson pushed the button, the slide didn’t move and we heard what sounded like a faucet spraying. Our hydraulic hose had a hole in it and was spraying hydraulic fluid everywhere. No one would come and fix it on a Sunday so we were stuck for another day. Luckily, May 15th at 4pm someone arrived and fixed our slide. We were back on the road around 8pm that day.

*During days of extended driving, we pull over to sleep in Truck stops, Walmart’s, or Rest Stops. You need to make sure that it is ok before you just pull over and stay. Some Walmart’s don’t let you stay overnight. You will see signage. You may also find that some Truck stops at gas stations are full so have a backup plan. Also, make sure you have water in your storage tank so you can wash up. Some of the truck stops have showers (We haven’t used those, we use our own very quickly) If your grey tank fills up on an extended trip, you can also find locations where you can dump; both grey and black tank. (I am not knowledgeable in this area as TJ is the lucky one that deals with this part so if you have questions, I can refer them to him)

May 15 – Coeur de Alene, Idaho – Missoula, Montana

May 16 – Missoula, Montana – Dickinson, North Dakota

May 17 – Dickinson, North Dakota – Duluth, Minnesota

May 18 – Duluth, Minnesota – Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

May 19 – Sault Ste Marie, Michigan – Rochester, New York (We took a short cut through Canada and back into the United States right around Niagara Falls.) This trip across the border, they did a full search on the Canadian side. We had to pull over, get out, open our rig, open the slides, while 4 people searched our entire rig. It didn’t take long and we were back on the road again.  Make sure to always tell them the truth about what you have on board. We don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs so we always say no, but I think they probably assume we have some alcohol. Nope. Not in our rig! I think they also search rigs that come from states where Marijuana is legal. We have Oregon plates. Make sure to have your dog records as well. We didn’t have any trouble getting back into the United States.

May 20 – Rochester, New York – Cape Cod RV Resort Massachusetts – Cape Cod RV Resort is affiliated with the Thousand Trails Membership that we own. We purchased this membership over 5 years ago and we are still benefiting from the membership today! We arrived on a beautifully sunny day, got settled in, and took nice long warm showers.

 

May 21 – Erika’s Graduation in Boston, Massachusetts. It was exciting to see my sister, her husband and 2 of their 3 daughters. Erika graduated from Boston University in Health Studies and plans on coming back for an advanced degree in Physical Therapy in the fall. The graduation was wonderful and then we all enjoyed lunch at a local favorite restaurant.

May 22 – 25 – Visited with some business connections in Stoughton, Massachusetts

May 25 – May 30 – Wells, Maine for Memorial Day weekend – Today is Sunday, May 28th and I wanted to write this blog post so I would have a reference of our travels over the last month and I share it with you in case you are interested.

TJ and I are so grateful and amazed that we are living this lifestyle. It is not always easy but we are blessed to have family that invite us to celebrations, sports, and visits at their home and vacations. We have met so many wonderful people on the road that have become our lifetime friends. I want to be of support to any of you that may be interested in this type of lifestyle or creating a lifestyle that allows for flexibility in time and place. We call this lifestyle living.

 

Sunday Morning with a Cold Nose

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It’s 7 a.m. my nose is numb but the rest of my body is cozy snuggled down in my sleeping bag. We have been in a tent for over a week now waiting for my husband to finish up the Sugar Beet Harvest in North Dakota. I wanted to bring the boys down to Park City, Kentucky for a Nomadic Homeschoolers rally. We are really grateful we made the trip in the rental car, because the Sugar Beet Harvest extended beyond the normal time frame and TJ still needs to take the rig to get fixed. The repair should only take 3 days and he’ll do that in Elkhart, Indiana.

It’s Sunday morning 7 a.m. and I needed to use the restroom so I re positioned my snuggle buddy, fb_img_1474817484916Harley my Boston Terrier, down in the sleeping bag, put on my Uggs and headed to the RV Park Restroom.  Upon my return, I grabbed my coffee pot and filled it up with water from my neighbor’s (The Burrell’s) outdoor kitchen. While my coffee was brewing, I took the dog out for a short walk.  Someone neglected to pick up their dogs poop which was spread over a 7 foot span. They probably didn’t realize that their dog was going so they didn’t stop to pick it up, yes, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt.  Luckily, I didn’t step in it and I picked it up because it was in front of the Perry’s rig and I didn’t want any of them to step in it.  Harley did her business, I picked it up, and then she quickly snuggled back down into the sleeping bag.

My coffee was almost ready as I started up my computer. I was able to set up a table and chairs, plug into electricity, and be able to have all of the luxuries that we would have in our rig; aside from a bathroom, running water, and my own bed! Haha! I went through some emails, found a video of an interview of Marie Forleo and Seth Godin and played that while I looked through some of my spreadsheets regarding Chicks Connect membership. I had a busy morning and was able to make it down to the showers about quarter to ten. That’s when I decided to start my personal blog again. The main reason for writing again is to keep track of what I’m doing and if it interests someone else to read it, then so be it. I believe the Burrell’s are ready to do the outdoor church service and so I’m going to head up there right now after I brush my teeth.

20161023_103835Last week’s sermon was really great. I’ll see if I can find a link and post it. They stream an online church out of California. They didn’t stream the same service this week because more of the traveling families arrived so they held their own service as a big group. One of the families has produced their own songs. You can see their website here. Trent and Siobhan.

You may notice that we aren’t pictured in the big circle. We were enjoying the service from our tent. I think I should write an entire Blog post on my feelings of being a Newbie in the Church Space. I am very spiritual. I believe in God. I love the LOVE but I haven’t read and memorized the Bible, I haven’t attended a church of any type for any extended period of time, and I feel like I am putting on a pair of pants that don’t quite fit. Uncomfortable. The language doesn’t flow easily from my mouth. I feel like I don’t know all of the rules. I feel as though I am going to mess up and be figured out. Weird. I have so much love and I appreciate the stories of Jesus when they talk about him loving All People. That part is easy for me to grasp and follow. I can easily find my fellowship in the rooms of AA. I am open. I am willing. I will ease into it and continue to be curious of my comfort level without judgement. The Church Blog will come at a later date. I would love comments if any of you have ever felt this way about any type of group. I seem to be all over the board this morning but I have a lot I want to say so I guess I will continue again tomorrow or perhaps later on today! Much love to all of you! Check out my Fanpage below to see all of the great photos! xoxo Jewels

We have had a busy week with the Kentucky Unit Study and the Teen and Almost Teen activities. You can see many photos by checking out my Facebook Fanpage Jewels Muller

My Husband was Right. Did I Say That? ~ Jewels Muller

TJ and JewelsMy Husband was Right. Did I Say That?

 

Let me back up. OK, for the last week or so I have been anxiously awaiting the start of  Online High School for the boys. Not Homeschool but Online School. They will be at Home doing Online work with virtual teachers. I knew that I would have to clear my schedule, have all of my work completed ahead of time, and be prepared to set them up for success. What does that mean exactly? Well, I would have to make sure that their computers were in working order, that they could log in with the appropriate information, that they knew how to retrieve their emails, and I would have to read over each syllabus with them to make sure that they know exactly what to do and how to do it. We needed to do everything right! (Yes, this is a problem area for me, LOL)

So, my comment to my husband yesterday was,

“Oh boy, we are going to have a lot to do tomorrow! 7 classes, different teachers, all of these expectations. It is going to be a lot!” Maybe I was fishing for some empathy or perhaps a compliment like,

“You will all do great! No worries, you got this!”

I think what I got was the complete opposite. Not at all what I expected to hear. Something like,

“This is not YOUR school. This is NOT for you to succeed or fail. What kid do you know that has their parents show up on the first day of 9th grade to help them turn the pages of the book or open their lockers?”

Like I said, not what I was expecting…. so, in my defense I argued,

“But I want to set them up for success! I want to make sure they know what they are doing and have everything they need!”

His response,

“If you are always setting them up for success, how are they going to learn how to set themselves up for success!”

Uggh….. That was the kicker. He was RIGHT! I am tearing up now, just posting this. He is so right. He went on to say that my job could be to make sure they have a healthy breakfast and to be there when they have questions, but I don’t need to orchestrate the entire experience for them, schedule their time, and  sharpen their pencils. They have a homeroom teacher, a math tutor available 8 hours everyday, and a teacher in every subject.

The part that made me the most anxious over the last week or so, was thinking of trying to get them to do what I say. I was envisioning the endless arguments. What my husband did was give me the greatest gift of all. Permission to be Mom not drill sergeant. I am no longer their Homeschool teacher. I am their MOM! This may sound silly to some of you and others may have been in my shoes. Some may be thinking… yes, set them up for success the poor babies. Some may be thinking, thank goodness that husband said something.

I feel/felt responsible. Now I know that it is up to them to succeed or fail. Of course I want them to succeed. This is still very difficult for me but I am staying out of it. I am saying things like,

“Email your teacher and ask her.”

“I don’t know. What do you think?”

I am still struggling with the notion that they don’t need me and that somehow I am responsible but I know this is what is best for all of us. I felt such relief after I digested what my husband was saying. I was making myself anxious. These boys are completely capable. Why do I still want to “Mother” them even though they are 14 years old?

Boys downtown IndyI think this is worse than taking them to the first day of Kindergarten. I mean, it is all good. I am just a little sad. I know it isn’t all or nothing. I just need to adjust, transition, and change my role a bit.  I love these two with all of my heart. My husband scored a few extra points yesterday as well. I am blessed beyond words. I will find my place again.

Jewels Muller HeadshotI will correct and continue! I am a warrior! AHO!

Jewels Muller

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Balance Work and Life During the Holidays

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Preparation + Schedule + Self Care = Balance and enjoyment during the holiday season

The stores are ready to sell you items months in advance but are you ready to start planning that early? If you were to follow their lead and prepare yourself for a fun and enjoyable holiday season you would need to follow these simple tips.

  • Prepare by using an organized system year after year for gifts and card sending. By creating a gift giving template or spreadsheet with the headers Name/Gift 2015/Gift 2016/etc. you can list the people you need to buy for and what you purchased them year after year. For your Holiday card you could use the system that I use, SendOutCards. The system keeps your contacts in a group; Holiday Card, and you simply create your 2015 Holiday card with photos and text and select the group to send it to and the company will print, stuff, stamp, and mail it to all of your contacts in that group!
  • Schedule your parties and events on your calendar and include the address and what you are bringing and wearing to the event. Saturday morning of each week, while enjoying a cup of coffee, look over the upcoming week and make sure your outfits and accessories are all set to go and add any items to your weekly shopping list so you are prepared with the gifts and necessary meals.
  • Self Care ~ What do you need to do for yourself in order to stay happy and healthy during the overwhelming holiday season? Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, purchase some bubble bath, your favorite tea, schedule time for exercise and meditation, coffee and lunch with girlfriends, and make sure to have a couple of your favorite movies on hand. Do what you need to do to nurture yourself during this time.

Jewels Muller, wife, mother of twins, full time traveler, CEO and Founder of Chicks Connect Mastermind Support Network Connecting women globally in Action, Accountability, Personal and Professional growth and development all built on a foundation of Love, Fun, Friendship, Service and Support!

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Dare to Know Why….

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I posed this Dare on my Facebook wall this morning to see who was up for the challenge. I also Dare YOU!

“I dare you…. Take 20 minutes today, a pen, and a yellow notepad. Ask yourself Why you are doing what you are doing. Then ask Why again. Keep writing and writing and writing. Keep asking why, deeper why, even deeper why. Do this for at least 20 minutes. I dare you! Let me know if you are up for the dare. I will share my results in my blog later this afternoon. Who’s up for the challenge? I would love to read your results. What action steps will you take from here??”

As promised, here are my results…. Again, I would love to hear yours in the comments or you can send me a PM or post them right in the comments on the Facebook Post by Clicking Here…

During times in my life when I needed support and hope, women were there for me. They listened, held me up, set me straight, and provided a safe place for me to share my feelings. A place where I could be the REAL me. The vulnerable, exposed, and hurt me.

These same women supported me, encourage me to keep doing the next right thing, and celebrated me with each positive growth step I would take.

No jealously, competition, or judgement. Simply unconditional love, support, honesty, and friendship. They truly wanted what was best for me. They wanted me to be the ultimate BEST version of myself.

As I met women in my daily life, I realized that not all women had this loving support. I would hear things like,

“I don’t like other women.”

“I don’t have women friends, they are backstabbing.”

“I can’t trust other women so I mainly hang out with men or stick to myself.”

I was left asking myself, “What do other women do? How do they make it through life without this support, love, and a safe place for them to be real? Who is celebrating these women as they accomplish amazing things every day? Who even notices them?”

My heart would ache for these women. For years I would go on with my own busy life, continuously meeting these women, who upon first meeting me face to face, would open up and share something that they never shared with anyone else. Why me? Why do they feel safe with me? What does all of this mean?

I knew that many of these women didn’t have the support they needed. I knew that many of these women put themselves LAST on the To Do list; if even at all. I knew that many of these women had a voice that wasn’t being heard. I knew that many of these women had a story that needed to be told and they needed a safe place to share that story. I knew that many of these women had gifts that weren’t being shared because they were stuck in fear and lack of confidence. I knew that many of these women needed tools and skills to transition into the new world of computers and felt lost and confused. I knew that many of these women needed to feel loved. I knew that many women needed to be touched with gentle heart to heart hugs.

I knew these women and I later knew that my calling was to provide a space for them to join together in support, safety, growth and celebration of one another. I knew that by providing a structure and a community these women would thrive. These women would be empowered. These women would do amazing things for themselves, their sister chicks, their families, their communities, and the world.

The women of Chicks Connect are confident and they show up in the world  in a Big Way because of the support of their Sister Chicks. Because they have other women Celebrating their success in life and business. Because they are loved, heard, and cared for by their Sister Chicks. This is my Why…. knowing that I can bring this to at least 1 other woman, 10 other women, 1000’s of women, knowing that I could possibly be helping millions of Chicks…..  find love, growth, support, and celebration…..

Well, that is the Why that makes me Cry….

Jewels Muller HeadshotMuch love to all of you and thank you for reading my Why…

xoxo

Jewels Muller

CEO ChicksConnect

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Boardman Marina & RV Park Boardman, Oregon

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We decided to break up our drive from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Bend, Oregon by stopping in Boardman, Oregon.

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This RV park is beautiful and affordable with full hook ups. (Goodsam discount)There is a market very close by for food and movie rental but not much else in this town aside from a museum and a Boardman Agri-Business drive tour. Stop by the SAGE center to tour the museum (around $5 adults and students free) and to purchase some Tillamook Ice Cream. They will give you a map that explains all of the different bussinesses on the drive tour like; Boardman Chip Company where they grind logs into chips that are then barged down the Columbia to pulp mills and made into paper. There are 39 stops in all and quite educational.

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There are huge Papayas and many authentic Mexican cooking supplies available.
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Right after we pulled in we were all HOT so we blew up the air mattresses and jumped in the river. Harley took a swim as well. Across the river there is a dedicated swimming space along with volleyball nets, BBQ’S and a covered picnic area.
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This is a great park for boating as well. We were only here for a quick stop but those staying longer could enjoy bike riding, fishing, boating, hiking and playing outdoor games. We didn’t see a family lodge or swimming pool but we didn’t look too hard. The bathroom and showers were clean. You might also enjoy the Boardman Park/Port river walk. They have the second largest port in Oregon. The Port of Morrow.
Enjoy your summer and be sure to share your travels with us!!
Jewels

Laundry Love ~ Sandpoint Assembly of God

imageSandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Have you ever felt that you just need to do something right now, even when other people offered to help you if you could just wait a minute?
Well that happened to me last Sunday night when I had the sudden urge to do our laundry. TJ said he would go with me in 30 minutes and I initially said ok then said, no I need to go now!

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I left the RV park not knowing where I was going and pulled over upon seeing a woman standing next to her van at the entrance of Bonner County Fair Grounds which was where we were staying. She told me of the nearest Laundromat, which was just down the street and I went on my way.
I walked in the door and was greeted by a man, Josh, holding a baby. He asked, “Are you here to do some laundry tonight?” I, looking confused replied, “Yes.” He said, “Well, today is your lucky day. We are from the church and we are paying for your laundry. Just find one of us with the payment cards and we will cover the cost of all of your laundry.”
My mind was racing and I knew that I wanted to talk to the person in charge to find out more. I prepared all of my laundry in washers and Josh came back over and asked if I was set to go and he paid for all of my loads of laundry! What a blessing. I just kept thinking….. I am an excellent receiver. I will allow them to bless me with this gift and I will graciously accept the support.
3 years ago, when we first hit the road this opportunity would have brought me to tears. 3 years ago, finances were tight as we set off to fulfill a dream and a calling. I thought that the best thing that I could do to support the church was to write this blog and provide awareness. Here is the story and a link for you to contribute to Laundry Love.

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This information was provided by Kathy who was the woman in charge that evening.

“Laundry Love was created by a woman down in California who ran into some people who were going to work in dirty clothes. She asked them why their clothes weren’t clean for work and they replied that they needed to pay rent and have money for food. There wasn’t any money left to pay for laundry. Her heart went out to these people and rather than be sad and do nothing, she took action and created Laundry Love. One of the members of the church in California moved up here to Sandpoint, ID and started the program here.”

They would love to expand this idea to other churches and continue to provide for their own community by supporting them 1 time per month, the first Sunday of the month from 5pm-7pm. Please consider donating to this wonderful cause.

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

I spoke with some of the people who were doing their laundry and this is what they had to say,

“There is a woman who has a very sick son with bowel issues and they would have to put the laundry on the porch and wash it outside. They lived off the grid and had 5-6 children. She found out about Laundry Love and came in with tears streaming down her face. She was so thankful for our support.”

Another woman that I met, Ann, shows up each month with bedding that she has collected from garage sales and thrift stores. She washes it up, folds it and donates what she doesn’t need to the homeless or new moms who need the children’s blankets.  She called it People just helping People.

A member of the church, Jenna, told me that this church also provides free dinners for people on Monday nights. She loves her church!

The church is able to collect around $400 per month for Laundry Love by taking collections form the congregation! My hope is that some of you will send a few dollars their way and brighten their day! Like I said, this service would have brought me to tears 3 years ago and perhaps you know what I mean or can imagine what it might be like to need some Laundry Love!

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Jewels Muller

 

My Month! Time to Celebrate July

I was asked, “What will you do differently knowing that this is your month?”

Great question! I encourage all of you to answer that question as well.

Here is what I had to say…

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I will be even more excited about each day!

sunny-day-hi

 

 

 

 

 

I will soak in the sun.

Ruby

 

 

 

 

I will embrace my birthstone (Ruby)

Leo

 

 

 

 

 

I will show off my sign (I am a Leo) I stretch! I roar! I let my hair down.

I celebrate my birth, July 30, 1969. I was the third child. There is no evidence of my birth. Just teasing, but the few photos that there are of me are at my parent’s house. We will have to do a reverse aging application to figure out what I looked  like 45 years ago! I was pretty cute!

TJ and Jewels

 

 

 

 

I celebrate my marriage.

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I celebrate this amazing country and our independence and our freedom that our brave soldiers have created for us.

Traveling Family

 

 

 

 

I will celebrate the reuniting of my traveling family.

 

Extended family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will enjoy time with my extended family.

Road Warrior 420

 

 

 

 

 

The purchase of our new Toy Hauler Road Warrior 420 (Power of positive thinking).

This is my month!! ♡♡♡

What is your month! Create a Blog Post of your own and share the link with me! I would love to see what month you LOVE to Celebrate.

Much love and support,

xoxo

Jewels