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!!

Merari

“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 nearly 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!

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Our First Rig (Clifford & Yeti)

In October 2017, it happened our fulltime rig arrived.

Clifford (truck) and Monroe

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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 Counseling and Coaching (C3): More to come on this in the future. 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“.