Adventures in Road-Tripping

|| “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” -John Muir ||

Dear Readers,

Oh hey, it’s February! I know I haven’t been posting much, and I promise there’s a good reason for it. I’ve been…. busy… Oh, ya know just, moving halfway across the country with my family. I wish I could blame all my lack of writing on that, but I admit, part of it is just procrastination, (too many episodes of Psych tbh) It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing this blog, I really do! But sometimes I even procrastinate things I love doing.  I haven’t even written in any of my journals in several weeks… *gasp*

SO anyways! Today I wanted to share all the little adventures we had on our trip. We moved from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Oregon. (which is an estimate of 2,000 miles! All by car. *fun fun*) We went through all of Missouri and most of Oklahoma the first day, then continued through (the very top) of Texas, through New Mexico, Arizona and up the entire state of California until we finally arrived in Oregon. It took five days. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE road trips, they’re a lot of fun, and even though this trip wasn’t centered around fun I was determined to have a good time anyway.

However, this wasn’t my first rodeo. My family and I have driven from California to Virginia, from Virginia to Missouri (twice) and then from Missouri to Colorado and back, so I guess I could say I’m somewhat experienced. The thing with road trips is you pretty much have to expect things to go wrong. I’m not trying to be negative! It’s just the honest truth. Lol, but seriously don’t expect things to go as planned. Something always goes wrong, sometimes it’s just a minor issue, sometimes it’s a huge issue. Just gotta roll with it! (literally, roll with it, because cars have wheels… Ha. ha. haha.) If you have been on a road trip where nothing went wrong, well congrats! That’s so cool for you, the rest of us aren’t as fortunate.

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|| N E W  M E X I C O || Pretty Sunset
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|| A R I Z O N A || Mountains! I simply cannot explain my love for mountains.

I’m just gonna make a Pros and Cons list, because who doesn’t love a good list?! Amirite?

PROS:

  • Leaving Misery *cough cough* I mean Missouri… (It’s not my favorite place, but that’s another story)
  • Music, lots and lots of music.
  • Getting to watch the sunset every single night.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee!!!
  • Getting to see lots of cool states! (I’ve already been to them but it was cool to see them again)
  • Stopping in Flagstaff, Arizona! It’s actually really pretty there, and that’s where I first saw mountains during the trip.
  • In-N-Out Burger!! (It had been a really long time and I love that place… Don’t judge me! :P)
  • Getting to see some of my friends along the way! (Even though it was only for like five minutes, haha) Shoutout to Jared, Lydia, Melissa, and Johnathon. You guys are the best!
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|| C A L I F O R N I A || Ahhh rain! I loved that part of the drive, just hours away from our journey’s end.

CONS:

  • Being Stuck in a car with six of my siblings for five days……… Need I say more?
  • Surprise toll roads in Oklahoma that we were not prepared for.. (They charge a fee at booths which can only be paid in cash, which unfortunately none of us had)
  • Oklahoma. Just the whole state in general. It sucks. No offense to anyone who lives there.
  • Disgusting cattle farms in Texas that nearly killed us with their stinky fumes.
  • Altitude sickness. I’m used to being at a lower elevation, so whenever we drive through mountains I feel sick, which is no fun. We went through lots of mountains and lots of flat, low, stretches of land, so I guess you could say the trip had it’s ups and downs… Aha. ha. ha. See what I did there?! I’m so funny! Just laugh okay, even it’s just sympathy for my cringy sense of humor.
  • Time changes. They really messed us all up, we were already exhausted from driving so much and the time changes didn’t do us any favors. Honestly, I just now adjusted to the two hour time difference and it’s been a little over two weeks.
  • People. So. Many. People. People with road rage. Impatient people. People who smelled like mushrooms and looked like they wanted to hurt me. People in hotels with annoying service dogs (Okay question, who has a chihuahua for a service dog?! Like seriously, why?) Loud people who woke us up early in the morning. Rude people. You get the gist.
  • Southern California. Oh. My. Gosh. I had no idea it was so creepy! Wowzers.
  • Food. The first few mornings of hotel waffles were pretty nice, but after awhile I lost my appetite for EVERYTHING. (Except coffee, of course!)
  • Listening to the same movie over and over and over again. I sat up front with my mom most of the time, and the kids watched movies to keep themselves entertained. And after hearing Alvin and the Chipmunks for the 67th time I was about ready to throw it all out the window. (Or just throw myself out the window, I mean, either way..)
  • Driving 15 hours in one day after getting behind schedule. Not. Fun. My coping mechanisms included listening to a ridiculous amount of music and complaining to my friends about how tired I was.
  • Laundry…. So. Much. Laundry. I mean there are eleven people in my family, so there was a lot!
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|| O R E G O N || Our beautiful snow-covered destination! Just look at those trees! So beautiful.

Okay, I realize that my “cons” list is longer and more detailed than my “pros” list, I’m not a pessimist I promise. All those cons were what made it an adventure! I really did have a good time on this trip. There was a heck of a lot of family time that’s for sure! Even though most of it sucked, now I can look back and laugh at it all. I’ll have those memories (the good and the bad) forever, and hopefully, I’ll never run out of fun stories to tell.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this, and if anything I hope it made you laugh!

Until next time peeps!

Sincerely, Bri

P.S. This was our jam the whole way! It’s a great song, it fits so well.

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I don’t even know where to start. 2017 was quite a year for me…

There has been a lot of loss and heartache, but also a lot of joy. I made some of the most beautiful memories of my life this year.

However, it did not start well.. A couple of friends passed away over the span of the first few weeks… That was really hard and sad for everyone.

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I have been nominated for the Liebster award!

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Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:27-31

Sometimes in life, things happen that I don’t understand. My automatic response is to worry and overthink things until I’m so stressed out I can’t even function properly. I know You don’t want that for me. You always have Your hands extended to me, but sometimes I’m too stubborn and prideful to take them. I want to think I can do things on my own, but clearly, I can’t. Without You, I can’t take a single breath, let alone try to sort out my problems. You have told me so many times to cast my burdens on You, why have I not listened? Abba help me to trust You, even when I can not see. Even when I don’t know what will happen or where I’ll end up, I’ll trust You. Even though people have let me down and broken my trust so many times, I’ll trust You. For You Abba, are trustworthy, You have never let me down. You have never given me a reason not to put my faith in You……

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In honor of Hanukkah, I wanted to write about one of the common themes of the holiday, which is light. I see the saying “Be The Light” plastered all over the internet.. Especially around this time of year. But what does it actually mean? How can we effectively be a “light”?

John 13:34-35 says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

They will know us by our love.

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He was there from the very beginning. I have never known a life without my brother.

He taught me so much… Starting with climbing out of my crib when I was an infant, which later led to climbing up ladders and jumping off of them, and then climbing out the window onto the roof, climbing trees.. etc. (yeah, there was a lot of climbing involved in my childhood..lol)

He taught me just how fun (and painful) it is to go down the stairs in a laundry basket. He also hit me in the head with a metal baseball bat, which really really hurt….

You know it’s a miracle I’m still alive and fully functioning… (that last part might be questionable though… lol jk)

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All my life I have struggled with the need to be accepted. I put too much value in what other people said about me.

Instead of being myself I would try to be someone I thought others would like. I hid the real me because I thought if people knew who I really was they wouldn’t want to be my friend anymore.

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I love music. I love how a song can say so much and mean different things to different people depending on how they choose to interpret it.

I listen to LOTS of songs every day, while I do pretty much everything. In fact, I’m listening to music as I write this. It is such a beautiful gift, it inspires me in a way that nothing else can.

That being said, I was listening to Rend Collective’s album “As Family We Go” the other day, when I got to the song “Just a Glimpse.”

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Welcome to my brain.*cough cough* I mean my blog, (But they’re pretty much the same thing)

If you know me, you know that I tend to be a pretty private person. If you don’t ask, I won’t tell (most of the time). It’s very hard for me to open up sometimes. I struggle with letting people in. I love to write. I’ve filled journals with all my crazy thoughts. Read More