Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona

With our Christmas events behind us and an empty schedule ahead of us for a few weeks, we (as in Steve) booked a site at Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona for a week, and what a week it was! Picacho Peak is a peaceful getaway and a prime example of classic desert beauty. If…

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We’ve Relaunched The Travel Bags

Next month we will be celebrating five years on the road since we first launched our full-time traveling Christian music mission. Five years! A couple months after we started, we looked like this: Now we look like this: Life morphs a bit in five years, wouldn’t you agree? Kids grow taller, vehicles grow older, parents…

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We Have a Baby and He Has a Name

Meet our baby. The Lord protected our little one through a 41-week pregnancy and a scare at 24 weeks. He carried mama and baby safely through delivery on August 3, and now we’re all together–all ten of us…and the dog and a kitten. Those of you who follow us on Facebook as The Travel Bags,…

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White Sands, New Mexico — Day 2

Day 1 at White Sands was a play day. Day 2 was set aside for some serious hiking. If you’ve never been hiking or exploring in White Sands, there is one thing you have to understand. While most hiking areas threaten, “Do not leave the trail!”, in White Sands, there isn’t much of a trail….

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White Sands, New Mexico–Day 1

We were innocently driving our family and home into White Sands National Park through the missile test range, because that’s what you do in the wild west. Don’t worry, Mom–it’s safe. They have signs that say, “Road closed during missile testing.” Uh…oops. We got to watch several missiles launch. I don’t know where they landed,…

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What Happens in Tombstone Stays in Boothill

Because we are roadschoolers and because our “field trip” to Tombstone and Boothill did count as a school day, we feel obligated to share a little historical knowledge with y’all. Legend claims that Boothill was so named because most of the people buried in it died so suddenly that were buried with their boots on….

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Tombstone, Arizona Without the Snow

The last time we were in Tombstone, Arizona, they were awaiting a blizzard. It was cold and the streets were vacant. We half expected a tumbleweed to roll down the center of town, but instead it snowed. It was quite memorable. This time was a little more…normal. The streets were full of cowboys and tourists…

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Back Again

I took a HUGE break from blogging and haven’t seriously tackled The Travel Bags for far too long. My children are begging for some new reading material of their adventures, and I figure if I don’t get something up for them soon, they won’t make my favorite cookies anymore. You’ve missed a lot of good…

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Way-Back Wednesay: When Floyd the Barber Is Out

Flashback to April 30, 2014 Those of you who saw us on the east coast may have noticed what a scruffy young lad we were totin’ around with us. We aren’t following the trends in grunge–or whatever it’s called these days. As our faithful readers know, we were hoping to get him all trimmed up…

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Question of the Week: Do You All Attend Every Event?

People ask us all the time if the groupies attend every concert and worship service. The answer to that is “pretty much.” They are all a part of the team, whether behind the scenes or on stage, like Marissa singing with Stephen at Gethsemane Lutheran in Raleigh, North Carolina. Therefore, they all stick around for…

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