On the Road: Little Van on the Prairie

On the Road Banner 4 On the road again. Somehow, after a week with sick kids and busy schedules, my husband and I managed to get our family packed and into the van. We paid extra to take the tollway and skirt around Denver, avoiding downtown traffic from the Colorado Rockies opening game. The mountains faded behind us, and traffic thinned out. We passed Kanorado and were on our way to Kansas City. Before we knew it, the kids were asleep, there was no urban traffic to contend with, we hadn't seen an antelope for miles, and our 3G was unavailable.

kansas prairie

"So, I was just thinking about..." 650 miles is a long drive. What else was there to do but talk? We discussed how neat the big old churches in the tiny towns were, and speculated about the best spots to take cover if there was hail or a Kansas tornado on the wide open prairie. We thought the moving truck towing llamas was probably the first we'd seen. We talked about the kids at school and work and moving plans. We chatted like friends do.

How often do we have time to do that? Especially once babies and careers fill our days, it's hard to imagine there was a time we spent hours talking on the phone, followed by the stereotypical "you hang up first." We quickly touch base about groceries, bills, discipline, and schedules. Just working together isn't nearly as fun as being friends together, though, is it?

650 miles is a long drive. As our little van made its way past a hundred signs for Colby, by wind turbines blinking red simultaneously in the dark, and prairie fires smoldering, we had no other option but to enjoy our time together. Thank you, Jesus, for long long long prairie trails.


You might also enjoy other posts in the On the Road Series.

On the Road: Lessons from the Mountains

On the Road: Organized Bohemian

On the Road: 20 Moving Ideas



On the Road: Organized Bohemian

On the Road Organized Bohemian “You know, you two are a bit bohemian anyway,” she told me.

“Oh no, totally settled conventional suburban mom, that’s me,” I thought to myself. Sometimes those that love us know us better than we really know ourselves. I found out later that she was right. While I found familiarity and repetition comforting, God had another plan that moved our family of five a thousand miles - and we loved it. I had forgotten how inspiring it is to see another corner of God’s creation, and to learn how others approach life.

Should you find yourself on an unconventional or surprising path, out of your comfort zone and on the road, it’s ok. I remember this.

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

Knowing that, we can relax and enjoy the journey. If you are like me, you also enjoy the planning.

So, what happens when an organization lover and explorer mesh together in one person? A travel binder! I hope you don’t mind - I’ve put together my favorite printable to-do list for your use. I intend this for your next move or your next adventure, but if you would rather take it to the Piggly Wiggly for groceries, I won’t stop you. Honestly, that can be an adventure, too.

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Print several sheets of the to-do list. Three hole punch them and put them in a binder. The possibilities are endless, but I often use these categories:

  1. weekly to-do lists for scheduling out moving prep (when to switch utilities, forward the mail, book the truck, move things to storage, clean the oven, return library books, etc.)
  2. lists of things I will donate or sell before the move
  3. lists of things to go in the first box to be opened, last box to be sealed
  4. pre-travel shopping lists
  5. categorized lists of vacation activities
  6. categorized vacation packing lists (to-eat, to-sleep, to-play, in the car, etc.)

I also include folders in the binder for important documents such as lease information, hotel reservations, travel guides, maps, and information I cannot lose while traveling. The binder stays with me in the front of the car, and all my important stuff is in that one spot.

travel binder

With quite a bit of time on the road in my future, I plan to write several posts in this new On the Road series.

Where are you planning to travel?