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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Some Post Pilgrimage Thoughts.....

First of all I feel that our pilgrimage was full of such grace, provided to us from God, through your intercessions. I have received a significant number of e-mails stating that families were praying for us during this adventure.
I must say, I could feel your prayers.
We set out on this pilgrimage with 2 distinct things in mind:
1. To see if God was calling us to move out of California.
2. To reconnect with our 15 1/2 year old son and repair the damage that California culture had done after he rejoined a "traditional catholic" school after years of homeschooling.
The 30 day pilgrimage was the best vacation /retreat / pilgrimage that we have ever had. And that is stating a lot, since we have had many adventures in Guatemala, Mexico, cross country excursions, etc.
Yet this was the most prayerful, grace filled, pilgrimage and journey ever.
I could feel God's hand in our life each day.
God placed people and events in our path frequently to state and confirm His wishes and direction for our family clearly and unmistakably.
Can you believe that we traveled for 30 days, 8000 miles, in a truck with a mom, a dad, and two teenagers, and the kids never complained once, not even a negative comment...... Is that God grace or what?
Can you believe that while walking down a country road in Minnesota with my son, and discussing my concerns about his year back in Traditional School, giving examples to my son of how the culture separated him from God, and how it produced such negative fruit, my son agreed with me and gave no opposition to returning to homeschooling....... Is that God's grace or what. (To know Sean, how social he is, you would know that this was divine intervention)
And most of all, God clearly showed us just how far the California culture has strayed from holiness and makes it is almost impossible to raise children with catholic values. We have now found a perfect place to raise our children and will be making plans to move this next summer.
As planned, this was much more than a vacation. It was an opportunity to have a prayerful dialogue with God. An opportunity for a family to reunite and heal, to repair the damage that a secular society can instill so quickly, and fill our hearts with such compassion, love, and joy.
You might say that our family didn't seem to be struggling, in many ways we were not, and by many peoples standards we might of been described as a "good family," but yet I knew what was lost over this past year, and I know, only by God's grace, what He is calling us to become; a truly catholic family....... We are now on our way again. Thank you God.
I am sure that we will continue to receive attacks over this next 6 to 12 months as we prepare to move to the Midwest. Please keep us in your prayers that we can be helpful with the promotion of family values and to combating the culture of death.
** Update: November 2009 - After extended prayer and discernment, Liz and I have realized that God does not intend for us to move at this time, we will stay in Redding CA, at least for the next few years. We have a lot of evangelizing to do right here, and given opportunities that we cannot turn our back on. There is a Crisis of Faith and Morality Right here where we live and feel that God has us here for a purpose, at least for now!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our final road trip - Heading Home!

We pulled out of Idaho early in the morning, everyone is excited to get home......For Liz and I, we are looking forward to the comfort of our own home. For the kids....they are looking forward to seeing their friends.

So off we go....... A lot of road to cover today, about 650 miles.

What beautiful scenery.

More and more road.
Thank God for Sean!
We figured that I (Pat) drove 4000 miles this trip, Sean drove 3000 miles, and Liz drove 1000 miles.

It is starting to look a lot like home.

I see Mount Lassen, we are getting close.

On the home stretch

Liz and I were just reflecting on the trip. There were some very remarkable things that had happened by spending a whole month together as a family and exploring, praying, and playing together. The graces that we received we so abundant we a very thankful.
We received over and over from so many different people, clear and direct confirmations on some very big life decisions.
I will disclose more after a few days, but for now, We will rest. I am back to work in the morning. Once again God, we thank you for the clear direction and message that you gave to us over this past month. We will follow you.......

Monday, July 27, 2009

Montana to Idaho

We stayed at Liz's Childhood Best Friend's (Toni) house last night.

Sean relaxing

Liz and Toni cooking something special for breakfast (I think I am scared).

What is it?

Biscuits and gravy..... But what kind of gravy is that?

Should she try it or not

Chocolate gravy

Go for it Sean!

It really was Delicious.

Then we took off...... On the road again!

We hit a huge thunder storm at the rest stop.

Go Mackenzie you can make it!

I just love driving through Montana and all the rivers that run aside the roads.
It makes me want to break out the fishing pole.

It was a long day of travel, 3 hours to Bozeman to visit Liz's cousin Joe and his family for lunch and then we drove to Idaho until 9pm.

Arriving in Idaho

Our final night of the pilgrimage - we decided to stay at a hotel.

Where is the phone!
We are starving, lets order some food quick.

I heard a knock, get the door...... the food is here.

Did we over order?

pajamas, hot food, and a comfortable bed.....

That was a whole pizza 2 minutes ago!

Hey - who ate all the hot wings!

What kind of dessert do you eat in Idaho.

Visiting Family in Montana

Traveling through the Badlands of western North Dakota

What a pretty drive.... Rough Country

Mackenzie...My little farm girl

We arrived in Billings at Liz's cousin's (Jim) house

They have a beautiful home outside the city

Jim recently opened a shooting range and took us on a tour.

Their TV commercial
Here are targets for bow shooting

There were deer everywhere

The rifle range

The office

Beautiful sunset over the range

Liz with her best friend Toni and Jim's wife Stephanie.

Birthday celebration

Girl picture

Real Men!

Go Girls

The gang

The beauty of Montana

The Old Catholic Country Church

We visited Saint Elizabeth Church

Established 1897

I love the old churches

The Holy Altar

Every Church we visit we have a tradition to light a candle and say a prayer for a special person, here is Sean leading the way.

The stained glass windows were beautiful.

This was and is a very special church.