White Sands, New Mexico–Day 1

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Someone Asked If We’d Been Raptured

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It’s been a while since we’ve posted here at The Travel Bags, and here’s why: Christy’s computer died after the last post. You can’t publish to a blog without a computer. We tried mental telepathy, but it didn’t work. Then, Christy and Ellie flew to Wisconsin for a week for Christy’s grandfather’s funeral. The blog…

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Homeschool on the Road–Happy Hearts

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People often want to know how we manage to homeschool on the road, considering we can’t carry too many books, due to weight and space issues. We homeschool just like the rest of you, doing the best we can with what we have on hand. For example, here the kids are making hearts to go…

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Sometimes, as you know, The Travel Bags get put to work when we arrive at a destination. You may recall the trail clearing and sign painting at Camp Shiloh, or the vineyard planting in Wisconsin. Star of Bethlehem in Winston Salem, North Carolina was no exception, although this wasn’t exactly back-breaking labor. The kids were…

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It’s Mayberry! Put Your Gun Away, Barney!

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Oh sure, we focus most of our downtime around educational experiences, but we definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for Mayberry of the Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. We are big Mayberry fans. Big ‘uns. We camped for the night on Andy Taylor Street. The kids…

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