some like it hot…but oh Dallas…

Dallas in the summer…how do you describe it… yes some told it would be hot…but when you happen experience a record high heat summer(in its record) …well it’s like trying to walk outside yet it feels  like your face is baking in the sun… (ok maybe not that bad) but pretty close… we stop in the Dallas area to see family and to start our “official” domicile legalities to be Texan!! And we are proud to say that after a dramatic day at DMV …we now are legally Texas residents… Yes y’all we “be legit”!!! All joking aside, it was great to reconnect with family, to see the kids rekindled their relationship with grandparents, aunt and uncle, and sweet cousins…

In between the melting heat, we got to squeeze in sites…At the Dallas World Aquarium, taste the local treats in  places like Frisco and Historic McKinney.. seems like donuts are their own type of “cult” in this area of the state since they are in every corner… and some are quite tasty… but we are still working on that so we’ll let you know when we finish eating all the samples… :)!!!

Between all the road constructions and everything being “Texas size” only took us a few weeks to get use all the crazy road patterns… just in time get out of town… but not quite out of Texas… (but that is another chapter…)

We are still visiting local churches and excited to share about JMI to whom ever is willing to listen… if you have not had a chance to check their latest blog… please do so.. and if you feel led to lend a helping hand in that ministry..please listen to that prompt!!!

Here are highlights from our Dallas reel:


it started small… but oh my!!!

Have you ever heard the saying it takes the “faith of a mustard seed to move mountains”… sometimes something that started seemingly small can evolve into a world on its own… If you have never experience Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I would recommend it at least a one in a lifetime trip…The Mountains are breathtaking and rivers and waterfalls… Though what draws people (probably the most) is one attraction. Dollywood. I was sort of dragged, kicking and screaming to this attraction (which I will admit) I thought would be corny, and over the top…which it was at times, but I also have to admit I have never been to a theme park that was as clean and the worker as friendly as they were there… So here is a bit about Dollywood… it started as a one ride wonder in the 60’s (a coal train “Klondike Katie” –  through the Smokies), which by the way you can still catch today (if you are willing to do the 30-40 minute wait)…after several owners and name changes and a “few additions” Ms. Dolly Parton was asked to join the “show” and partner up with the park, which lend its current name and southern charm of Dollywood… since then it has become one of the top 50 most visited theme parks in the world…you got to admit that a little bit of “southern charm” goes long way…This entire area was built around something that seemed so small, yet after being there for over a week the bustling and the busyness of the town shows the faith that it took to get that little town in the middle of the Smokies to grow and thrive can move mountains…


along the way…

In between breath-taking, majestic views and architecture marvels come along those “little moments” which really make up every day…along the way so far we have been able to stop and talk with so many of our “neighbors” in the long lost art of the impromptu conversations of just “saying hi“…visited the local churches and enjoyed fellowship with others that we’ll enjoy eternity with…Heard others heart’s desires in their life-mission and how they are taking their families on similar journeys…We’re blessed in potluck get together that were put together “on the fly“, instead of  penciled in a too busy of a schedule.

A joy has been the life moments that I get to witness in my very own family… when father and son grow closer together for mutual interests, for one it’s lifelong passion and the other a new found “obsession”…

Other “little” things along the way are just the everyday things that make life interesting…dealing with sweltering heat.. puppy getting into stuff he ought not and having emergency vet visit “sigh”… getting the bumps out of the road and redrawing our ideas of what things look like…


Like this becoming your new “home office”…

Yet our kids spend more time doing things like this…

Rather than …well you get the idea…you fill in the blank…So we’ll take “all” the things that come along the way…the good with well sometimes not so fun… It’s okay as our good Lord reminds us:

“His mercies never cease.

Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lam. 3:22b-23

There is always tomorrow …See you along the way

Summer Cottages!!!

Oh, the lives of the rich and famous of the turn of the century sure make me laugh… they spend their summer cooling themselves briefly in places such as Newport, RI. Where they built for themselves “Cottages by the Sea”. This Gilded Age Era was more than we can ever imagine, and will never be again… but I can assure you than the beauties that they left behind make for certain an entertaining and if anything a lesson on what extravagance and ostentatious living was like.. I love the quote from Oscar Wilde which says:

“Have nothing in your house that has not given pleasure to the man who made it and is not a pleasure to those who use it. Have nothing in your hoses that useful or beautiful.”

So many of this houses tell a story of sadness, for many of their owners after spending so much didn’t enjoy them as many passed away, had broken marriages, or suffered family tragedies…But I am not going to lie I did enjoy their beauty and sharing with the kids…

the lighted pathway…our mission…His passion…

When we started on this journey… one of our heart desires was to be a vessel of service for the Lord… James 1:27 says “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”… we are thrilled and so humble to share that we’ll be partnering with Justice & Mercy International. To share their ministries as we travel and hope to spread the word about their work.

Justice & Mercy International (JMI) is a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to make justice personal for the poor, the orphaned and the forgotten of the world.

The children and families JMI serves are incredibly vulnerable. Impoverished and powerless, they contend daily with the threats of human traffickers, substandard education, hunger, and treacherous living conditions. JMI staff, sponsors, and volunteers work together to offer hope and help to the most vulnerable.

As we travel we hope that churches and those we meet along the way will open to hearing about this great ministry and would come along and partner with them.  We encourage you our family and friends to click the link and read more about them and if you feel lead join us in sponsoring this great ministry… And pray for us that God would open many ways in order for us to serve His great commission…

If you have any questions.. feel free to ask..


journey begins…

We officially hit the road, and our first stop was to see the majestic Niagara Falls…Their vastness and beauty inspired us to see the hand of the master craftsman…we were in awe at the sheer beauty of hundreds of thousands of gallons of rushing water carving the landscape… while you feel so insignificant and yet know that the same Creator took such great care to craft us and still cares for all of our needs.. Such beauty deserves to be preserved for generations to come and I for one am glad that movement in the mid-1800’s led by Frederick Law Olmsted(best known for his work of Central Park) gave way to the preservation and bringing back the beauty that we see now…

So if you get a chance make your way to this “wonder of God’s creation” and feel the cool mist… you will never feel quite the same after you do…

a lot sweet and a little sorrow…

Adventure Awaits

The time has come that we “officially” hit the road. We have prayed and planned for this day for a year. As we reach this pivotal moment in our journey, we look back at our time here in Maryland and feel blessed at the friends that we have been privileged in making. The time spent in service. The many ups and downs we have had. Each moment has led us here.

Most of all we are grateful for the people that have touched our lives. As we look forward to those, we to meet on our journey…We are thankful for you each one of you that have shared in our time here…

We’ll Miss Y’all!!


“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6. As Proverbs 22:6 says, I am testimony that my parents prayed and began to train at a young age.  My first step in a church was at the age of seven days old…I learn about the Lord, the stories, and facts. I participated, I followed all that was asked of me and I knew who God was. Yet, deep down inside I also knew that I was not truly right with the God… that connection came later as a young adult when God gripped my heart and showed me that knowing Him in my head and loving Him with all my heart had to come together. At twenty-one, those two aspects came together in the sweet redemption that Christ had for me. And so, began my journey into redemption.

Each season has brought me a different perspective and different way that the God has taught me to serve and grow… the beginning of my journey was through serving behind the scenes “sort of speak”, I love to cook. So, making meals for others seem like a natural extension of service for me. Organization, decoration and, gardening are things that I enjoy, so those too became natural extensions of service in the church.  It was not until I joined my first women’s group that I saw a glimpse of where the God may be calling me to serve Him and give me a heart for. As I grew deeper in my walk and in His word, I longed for other women to see His Word in the same light and same passion as I did.  So, I began to help in the women’s ministry.  Our move to California was a deep growing season which I will be forever thankful for.  The deep valleys we endured and the stretching and leading the God used to bust my “comfort box” and show me that if I was only a willing vessel, He truly would do the rest of the work. Wonderful teachers and mentors poured themselves into me.

Once again, we moved. God asked if I would be willing to walked “blindly” in faith and accept the calling of not helping but leading a women’s ministry.  Humbly and stretched to my limits I put together slowly a ministry that both encouraged and served the women of the church and community.  For six years, organizing, leading studies, fellowships, retreats, outreach to the community. As Solomon says for everything there is a season. Another season has come pass.  The Lord has now called me to refocus on the schooling of my children and the new season of life as will be on the Road. Serving Him will always be at the forefront of who I am.  My heart to see other women grow and love God more deeply will always be there, and I will always be able to encourage and share when those “God nudges” occur. I know where ever He lead I will follow…



“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psa 84:10

Who Are We?

We are the McFarland’s, Keith & Merari married for 25 years with 3 kids (High School, Middle School, and Elementary). We love the RV lifestyle so much we have decided to move in and live the lifestyle full-time, serve the community around us and travel. Yes, it might just be crazy!


Our First Rig (Clifford & Yeti)

In October 2017, it happened our fulltime rig arrived.

Clifford (truck) and Monroe


Until June 2018, we will be going thru all the emotional highs and lows (crying and arguing) and getting rid (please take my stuff) of all the things we have accumulated for 25 years. Come alongside with us as we share what’s it’s like to move from this (below) to ~400 sq. ft.

So, what can you expect from us as we share things through TLP? Well, over time we will share all about these topics either through our BLOG or VLOG (?):

  • Faith, Family & Friends (F3): We believe life develops meaning through faith, family and friends all the while serving the community around us. You don’t have to be the same faith or have the same friends to enjoy and share in the experience, we are all people needing the same thing!

  • 3 Kids 2 Dogs & An RV: Doesn’t this title tell it all. We will share what its like to have 5 crazy high strung individuals and 2 dogs living the RVing lifestyle.
  • Career On the Road (C3):  I am a Technology Strategist (CIO) and Program Executive with experience interviewing, hiring and mentoring hundreds if not thousands of employees over my career.
  • Travel: Yes, we will be going places and we will share those wonderful experiences. However, we will also share what it’s like to do this adventure with significant physical handicaps. We believe there are likely others out there (like Keith) that want to travel but wonder how they would do it when also dealing with significant medical issues.

Tell us you’re interested in our journey and want to join alongside us by selecting “Contact“.

PS – Since then we have “moved up” to the big boys!! Welcome Saphira…