Some parting thoughts on Florida.   We have awesome memories of Florida...all the people we got to see there, new friends that we met there, the things we saw and did will be "forever memories" but I can't say when we'll be back.
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A group of Atkinsons...(left to right)...Uncle Lloyd, Joe, Max and Uncle Henry.

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Here's Nutmeg trying to boss the donkey.  She had a few choice words for that...donkey.

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A brief stop in St Augustine...a replica of Michelangelo's David...with a smartly placed leaf

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Statute of St. Augustine and the amazingly tall stainless steel cross commemorating the first permanent Christian settlement in north America.

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Joe bought me a cute little basket for my bike...but then we took it out of the truck and then we stopped for a bike ride.  So Nutmeg rode in the insulated cooler bag.   She's so flexible.

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Big cool bridge in Jacksonville, FL..I try to take some pictures from my front seat on the bus when I'm not at risk of missing a navigational cue...and the window is amazingly clean here.

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I finally was able to get a picture of a "state" sign.  It's not easy for Buster to just "pull over" so again, I'm usually trying to get the camera on while not losing my place on the GPS.  i had hoped to get pictures of each new state we get to...but that hasn't happened.  

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And lastly, before we leave Florida...these words on the back of our friend's truck.  Think about it.

 
 
As I alluded to on Facebook a few weeks ago, we have met "others".  "Others" that are like us...they sold most of their earthly possessions, bought a home on wheels, packed up their 2 great kids, started roadschooling and hit the road.  Oh, and they love Jesus.  And they are not really sure where they're going (except around the country in said home on wheels) and they are trusting God to lead them.  Wow, sound familiar? 
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They're the Lawsons from the Seattle area and they are awesome!  It's really no wonder that we became fast friends.  We've met 2 times now and hope to see each other many more times on the road.  
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God is so good to us. He has provided everything we have needed.  Not necessarily all of our wants, but definitely our needs.  He really blessed us by giving us this gift.  These fun and loving people could completely relate to all that we are going through.  It was great to have someone "get" me.

But there is one thing that we don't have in common...they just found out that they are expecting a baby.  Surprise!  
 
 
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Thanks to AddiSigns in Tucson - Buster has a new look:  stickers on the front and back designed by the most awesome Austin Baum.  Here's a look. 
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Joe put them up with the help many hands...that's a new friend, Randy (down from Kent to see the launch), Max, Emily, me, Uncle Henry, all the while parked at Uncle Lloyd's house in Titusville.
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and here's what we look like from behind!
 
 
On the Space Coast (basically the eastern coastal area surrounding Cape Canveral) we spent about a week parked at Uncle Lloyd's house in Titusville.  We had planned to go on to an RV park, but it worked out that the weather was great and there was room to conveniently park outside the house and plug into the electricity.  Uncle Henry, Aunt Ellen and some other friends of Uncle Lloyd's also were there to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery make it's final trip into space (I think).  There are 2 more launches scheduled of the other Space Shuttles in April and June.  We had been looking forward to this since the beginning of our trip!
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Max and Joe went to the Kennedy Space Center Museum.  

Here they are with a Saturn 5 rocket - like the ones used to go to the moon.



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And here's the future astronaut...

So for the BIG event...on February 24, the Space Shuttle Discovery launched at approximately 4:50pm.  Uncle Lloyd lives about a block from US 1, which runs just across the Indian River from Cape Canaveral.  So, at around 4:30 that afternoon we walked down the street to join the estimated (as was reported on the news later that night) 300,000 people who had come to see this launch.  We didn't really see that many people although the traffic out of the area didn't clear until well after midnight.

We found a nice place to sit, right on the water, with a clear view of the launch pad.  It was pretty spectacular, and there was cheering and laughter all around as the Shuttle headed for space.  SPACE!  Can you believe it?  It all lasted about 3 minutes, all the while we were taking pictures and trying not to miss anything!
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Joining us at Uncle Lloyd's house for the week  - Uncle Henry and Aunt Ellen, down from Ohio.

 
 
Yet another blessing of being in Ft. Myers with the Weinmans was being there for their church's missions conference.  We heard many testimonies from different ministries in the area that New Life Presbyterian is in involved with.    For example it was great to hear about what God is doing through Young Life in Ft. Myers.  We also met Stephen and Stephanie Zoeller, who are race track chaplains for the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).  We ended up joining them at Sebring Raceway for the Porsche Club races one February weekend.  We parked Buster right there at the reacetrack.  The racetrack chaplains put on a chapel service and generally meet and minister to people at the tracks. It was a great experience (kinda loud) but fun.  I helped with the singing portion of the worship service and Joe was a big help to Stephen setting up, etc.
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One event that Zoeller Ministries puts on is "Kids Racing For Life".  This huge event brings kids with terminal illness along with their families, to a race track for a fun filled weekend of ride alongs, meet and greets and ministry.  We would love to be able to participate in one of these weekends!   God was so good to show us these sweet people who are investing their talents in things of eternal value.  (Yes, that's Max behind the wheel)

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There's Buster amongst the other rigs
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This 2012 Prevost was parked right next to us at the track. Emily reminded us that it's what's on the INSIDE that counts! Although I'm pretty sure it's insides were as fantastic as the outside.