The Raubs on the Road

May 1, 2009

COUNTDOWN

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We are planning on leaving for our next ministry trip on May 9th, after a week of tent meetings and the church picnic. We’re planning on taking the bus to the church on the 8th, so that means we need to be in the bus by the 7th, since we’ll need to wrap up some last minute things here at home to prepare for being gone for 6 months or so.

It is coming up so fast! I have TONS of things to do, as I’m sure you can imagine. I should be making lists, lists, and more lists, if I can only get them started. Today I spent some time cleaning the bus, which I will do for the rest of the week. Next week we move in, hopefully piece by piece, and pull out the end of the week.

So, if you don’t hear from me until sometime after the 12th or so, you’ll know why!

*Please pray for us for the tent meetings, the strength to prepare for the trip, and for our first stop in stop in San Angelo on the 10th! Thanks*

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September 13, 2008

A Day in the Life, Canadian Version

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Here’s another sampling of life for Raubs on the Road, only this time in Canada.  We have been blessed with a “setback,” an engine blowout, which has caused us to stay longer in Canada than we had planned.  But, does God do anything the way WE plan?  Ah, but we know His Plans are better than ours…  Hope you enjoy it!

 

I woke up yesterday morning, and got ready for the day fairly quickly.  I now have “The Great Bed Teardown” down to a science, especially since I have Johanna and Jason, the bed’s occupants, helping.  With the bed out of the way it was time to get breakfast, so we got out the folding table and set the kids up with breakfast. 

 

Since our microwave died recently, I now have to heat water for our tea on the stove, which heats up the place dramatically.  I went ahead and decided to boil some eggs while I was at it. 

 

This particular morning, the pastor of the church scheduled us to sing at a hospital.  He is an on-call chaplain, and holds a service each month.  I think there are others that fill in the other weeks of the months, or at least I hope!  J  With the usual scramble that attends a large family trying to do anything quickly in close confines, we threw things around and got out the door early, and arrived early at the hospital for the service.

 

Now, the Canadians think differently than the Americans.  With their socialized medicine, which they pay dearly for in taxes (a middle-income wage-earner pays about 40% in income taxes, which is on top of sales tax, they tend to think medical care is “free.”  Now, you and I both know that nothing in life is free.  Someone has to pay for “free” things.  But many Canadians, since healthcare is “free,” clog up the hospitals with all sorts of ailments.  In the case of our contacts, we were ministering to a group of mostly elderly folks who were “dropped off” by their children or for one reason or another awaiting a nursing home or in rehab.  It was not unlike a nursing home service, but the people were cognizant, and all of them during a very difficult time in their lives.  I feel supremely blessed to be on the giving side of life.

 

We chatted with the folks for a bit after the service, then headed back for the bus to pack up to go.  Unfortunately, we were not far from the bus, but we got LOST, making some huge loop around town, ending up back at the hospital!!  I laughed so hard I cried, mostly because my husband, who is directionally challenged but will not admit it, chose to follow my advice and go straight instead of turning right!  Who’s directionally challenged now, I ask you?  Don’t answer!

 

As soon as we arrived at the bus, I began making lunch, though it wasn’t lunchtime yet.  I really didn’t want to be cooking while we were driving, and I knew that the last time I went across the border to the US, the border folks confiscated about $20 worth of perfectly good meat, just because it was Canadian.  I figured they couldn’t take the meat out of our stomachs, so I made a hamburger casserole.

 

Soon we were on our way.  There’s nothing really eventful about the drive, except that we were finally able to cross the border to the US!!!!!!!!  Within minutes, I was on the phone calling my daughter, whom I haven’t been able to talk to in weeks!  How good it was to hear her voice!  I “demanded” pictures of her, and last night I got some real sweet pics of the little ones.  Thank You, Lord.

 

Since we are going to be very busy these next few weeks, with meetings many nights and driving a lot in between, my husband decided to take the family to Cracker Barrel.  That’s a real highlight, and since we all get kids meals, we can keep the cost down.  We had some good family time, playing “I Spy” and “Remember When.”  Sometimes we play “Remember Where” since we’ve been so many places.  It’s always fun.

 

Then it was time to get back in the bus and head to the Pastor’s house here in Watertown, NY.  We will be having a short revival meeting here amongst the military, which we have been looking forward to.  But getting our 40 foot motor home into his driveway was a challenge.  Unfortunately, the ground guides were not paying attention, and we ended up crunching the back of the bus into their gutter.  Thankfully, the damage to their place is minimal, but I haven’t checked that scrape on the back of the bus yet in the daytime.  Maybe I shouldn’t look…

 

After fellowshipping for awhile, the pastor’s wife very graciously offered us some cookies, and we bid them goodnight and began our bedtime proceedings.  Of course, this includes cleaning up, setting up the bed again, brushing teeth and devotions. 

 

The little ones were asleep quickly, and I got my shower and had a few minutes to talk to my son Jonathan before heading to bed myself.

 

Thus ends another Day in the Life of Raubs on the Road.  Couched amongst the mundane are bright spots of being used of the Lord to bless some folks, with troubles and trials.  That is a Day in the Life of the Raubs.

July 25, 2008

A Day in the Life of the Raubs on the Road

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This is a bit long, but it may be enjoyable to some of you folks who think being on the road is one big vacation…

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

 

This morning I woke up at about 7:40am, a little later than I like to, but not too terribly late for summer. 

 

Since Jason and Johanna sleep on the couch (which is made into a bed), the only space to sit is directly across from them, on the window seat.  Bus living is not very conducive to privacy!  Since they are already awake, I read my Bible aloud, alternating verses with Johanna, who has just recently learned to read.  When we finish, I have my prayer time there on the window seat as well (with Johanna on my lap).

 

Then it is time for breakfast.  But before we could eat, we have to put away the little kids’ bed.  This involves, of course, taking all covers off, folding them and putting them away in a drawer under the couch.  Johanna’s blanket, which is too large to put in the small drawer, ends up in the window seat.  I quickly put the table up and give the kids their cereal.  I have cereal and a banana as well.

 

As we finish, other kids get up and get their breakfasts.  The table takes up almost all the free space in the middle of the bus, so breakfast, or any meal for that matter, is an ordeal.  No one can do much of anything until it is done and cleaned up.  After everyone is done, Johanna and Jason clear the table, Jason wipes it, and I fold it up and put it back away behind the couch.  I put away all the breakfast things and get the dishes ready for Lydia to wash.

 

Thankfully the church we are parked at has a washer and dryer in their prophet’s chamber area.  Since my washer is broken, that is a real blessing!  With eight people, I usually need to do a load of laundry or two every day just to keep ahead of it.   I go to the prophet’s chamber, about 100 yards away and up a flight of steps, put on a load of laundry and boil about 7 eggs.  Right now, any stovetop cooking must be done at the church kitchen, since our stove’s pilot lights are not lit.  I really should buy matches so we can light them!

 

After that, Johanna and I go to the weight room at the gym, where I do my exercises.  Toward the end, I accidentally smash my forehead into one of the immovable metal bars.  Ouch!  That will be colorful tomorrow!

 

Being slightly hypoglycemic, I do not do well with cereal for breakfast.  Right toward the end of my exercise time, I have a severe sugar crash and developed the shakes, and begin feeling lightheaded.  I went to the bus and quickly make a protein shake and down about 3 handfuls of peanuts.  That really helps me over the hump.

 

As I am drinking my protein shake, My Beloved and Jonathan prepare to take the bus on a test drive, to check to see if it could run on the WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) we had on board.  Knowing that the generator was not working right yet, I knew it would be a hot time, so I decide to vacate the premises while they run the bus a few miles down the road.  This meant that I could not make lunch yet.  I want to keep the schedule, but sometimes it is impossible.  Too bad. 

 

They are testing the quality of the WVO that we had gotten in St Lous, MO.  Some of it appeared to be partially hydrogenated, which is very difficult to run through a diesel engine.  Imagine trying to suck up applesauce through a 30 foot fuel line and filters!  That’s what it is like to try to run partially hydrogenated oil.  They switch from diesel to WVO when the engine is good and hot, trying to see whether the engine has any power or not.  If the filters are clogged, there would be very little fuel to the engine, and therefore, very little power.  

 

Running about three tests, it is decided that the WVO is probably not compatible to run.

 

Since we had a meeting this evening about three hours away, we are torn as to whether to drive the bus down or take the van, driving back after the meeting.  The original plan is to take the bus, since our next meeting is in the very next town.  But with diesel here at almost $5 per gallon, and the bus uses about 5 mpg – about $1 per mile.  If only there were a way to get the WVO to become more liquid so it could run! 

 

While my husband makes the big decision, Lydia and I get lunch.  We put the table back up, and Lydia makes the tuna salad, while I get the veggies and chips ready.  After the cleanup, I give Jason and Johanna baths.  Unfortunately, they get cold baths!  I know our water heater is a bit finicky, but I find out later that the water heater had been set to “summer” setting, thus making the water cooler.  Actually, it is COLD!  Anyway, it is fixed now, thanks to Jonathan.  I guess he had his fill of cold showers.  J

 

Kev decides to pull out with the bus, using a combination of diesel and WVO to get us there.  I batten down the inside of the bus in preparation down for travel.   Battening entails hooking the refrigerator and freezer so they don’t open up and dump their contents on the floor.  I also strap back my bedroom door so it doesn’t slam on turns, and make sure the pantry is locked back. 

 

We clean up after lunch and read to Jason before I put him to bed .  We only have about ten books to choose from, but that’s ok, since he keeps picking the same ones anyway!

 

We stop for fuel and put in $172 worth of diesel in both main and generator tanks.  We try to start the generator, but no go.  Kev also puts a quart of acetone and a gallon of gasoline in diesel tank to help break up the thick WVO, and we are back on the road.

 

The inside of the bus is hot, since there is not a generator to run the a/c, so we open windows and hold them.  Since these windows have hinges on the top and latches on the bottom, they could easily fly up and smash something.  Holding them down gets pretty tiring, so Jonathan rigs up a combination of Wal-Mart bags and kitchen knives to hold them down.  “Frustration is the mother of invention!” I say.  The breeze created by the open windows makes the front of the bus tolerable, maybe 82 degrees, but it is hot (in the 90’s) and still back toward the bathroom, bedrooms, and shower room.

 

During the trip, Kev alternates diesel and WVO, but finally settles on diesel, since we don’t have time to drive slowly.

 

Lydia takes a shower while we drive.  Unfortunately, the twelve volt light does not work, so she is somewhat in the dark.

 

I take a shower after her.  The lumbering motions of the bus make it definitely a challenge to shower while driving, but especially so in the dark! 

 

For Some reason, it gets very hot now, so we arrive at church sweaty in spite of my shower.  Thankfully within about ten minutes we are plugged in – hooray!  A/C!

 

Quickly we get everyone ready, get our instruments, and go over to the church.

 

The people are very kind, we sing 3 songs, and Kev preaches a good message.  There were many at the altar during the invitation.

 

After church, there is small talk with the people.  The pastor shows us his new building, then takes us to Cici’s pizza.  Yum!

 

We arrive home at bus at around 10:30pm, and put tired kids to bed.  Stephen sweeps the floor of the bus, and I clean up a bit.  I stay up and write this, then go to bed at about midnight.

 

We all agree that this has been a fairly easy and uneventful day!

April 19, 2008

HAPPY HIGHWAYS!

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Happy Highways 

 

                          HELP FOR DEPUTATION

 

When we began deputation in 1993, we had a wonderful little book by Ernest Gambrell about deputation.  It was very good, and really helped us a lot, but unfortunately, as you can tell, I even forgot the title!  Its printing and distribution was limited, and I believe it is out of print now.

Thankfully, a new book is available now to help the missionary family as they begin on deputation:

The Deputation Manual for Missionaries

Austin Gardner and Tony Howeth

  

Austin Gardner and Tony Howeth have created a pre-field deputation manual that has helped many missionaries to discover the fundamental keys to effectively raising support. This practical, biblical approach to missions fundraising will answer your most important questions about the deputation process.

From printing your prayer cards to filling your calendar to sharing your vision, the Deputation Manual contains the tools and teaching you need to succeed in this crucial period of ministry.

 

See www.bcwe.org for more information and pricing. 

Do you suppose someday someone will write a book for missionary wives??

March 20, 2008

HAPPY HIGHWAYS!

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Keeping track of your kiddos on the trail

We were blessed to get a visit from a fellow missionary family we’ve known for a long time that has been on the field for 5 years and who is now on their first furlough. What a wonderful time we had, reminiscing on old times and catching up on news of the family. Their five children are a load of fun. My four year old decided he wanted to take on their eleven year old, and of course was “helped” by their other two boys. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and, yes, Jason did win – with help!

As they were preparing to leave, I noticed that all three of their boys wore matching red shirts. “Do your boys always match?” I asked my friend.

“Well, no, but that’s their traveling clothes,” she explained. “It helps us to keep track of them at rest areas and other places. If a kid has a red shirt, he comes with us!” she chuckled.

I thought about that for a minute, and thought it would be a good idea. When traveling with many small children, if you have them all dressed alike, especially in bright colors, it is a lot easier to keep track of them!

“The idea’s not really original,” she confided. “I got it off of someone else. But we thought it was a good idea, though.”

So did I! And you may, too.

March 12, 2008

HAPPY HIGHWAYS!

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Keeping kids happy on the trail, part 2

When we take a road trip, which seems to be quite often, it is vitally important that I have some things along to keep the kiddos happy.

Right now we have just four at home, but at one time, we had all seven of the kids traveling with us, and it made life quite interesting.

Last week I wrote about how important it is to bring water along. Seeing that, if worse comes to worse, someone could always use a “roadside rest,” aka a bush along the side of the road. However, if there is no water and we are stuck somehow, you can’t throw the door open and drink water along the gutter! So it’s very important to have water along.

If you have time before you leave, it is a good idea to have the kids pack some stuff to take with them to do on the road. Each of my kids have their own backpack that they can pack as a carryon bag with whatever they want to bring, within reason, as long as it fits under the bench seat.

Remember to take along some story tapes or CD’s, too!

There are a few things we enjoy doing together as a family as we drive. The favorite, by far, is for me to read a book aloud to the family. This was somewhat difficult when we had all 7 children in a 15 passenger van, but it was wonderful nonetheless.

We also enjoy singing together as we drive.

Another activity we like to do is to have one person start a story, and the next person continue it, and so on, until the story is done, or until the main character dies, which sometimes happens! J (If the truth were known, some kids would keep the story going forever unless someone else kills off the main character!) It surely does make for some really interesting stories!

March 6, 2008

Happy Highways!

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One of the most exciting and adventurous parts of life for me is the opportunity to travel. MOST of the time, I enjoy traveling, but sometimes… well, let’s just say I would rather be at home scrubbing the bathtub!

Traveling with children has its own silver lining, as many of us know. Allowing them to experience the joys of discovering places others can only read about is balanced by the “joy” of having to make sure someone is holding the trashcan (and making sure it has a liner) for the one who tends to get motion sickness.

Here are some things that really help me keep the highways happy:

1. My main job while hubby drives is to keep folks happy!

That’s it! I don’t have to write the world’s next best-selling novel, sell ice cream to a penguin, or slave over a hot stove. I can stare out the window if I want to – and I want to. I can read a book if I want to – and I really want to. Or, I can just spend time talking with my hubby if I want to – and I really really want to. Enjoy the journey!

2. To keep folks happy, it is imperative to have a supply of water and snacks!

I always have water on board, even if it’s for a short drive to church. I don’t know about your family, but something about hearing the van door slam shut makes my children thirsty! Sometimes we haven’t even gotten out of the driveway, and they are asking for something to drink! For longer drives, say, more than 20 minutes, you should seriously consider having something to munch on with you. Children (and husbands) are much better relaxed when they know they could get something to eat if they get hungry.

3. Story tapes or CD’s are a lifesaver!

We especially enjoy as a family the Story Hour tapes with historical stories, some Odysey tapes, and our current favorite, Jonathan Park Creation Adventures. Even my four-year old is riveted by these interesting and exciting stories. Consider having a good-sized supply on hand, because you never know when a one-hour drive may turn into a big four-hour ordeal!

Whenever I think of travel, I am reminded of A. A. Milne’s poem, “Halfway Down The Stairs“:

Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair quite like it.
I’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the top.
So this is the stair where I always stop.

Halfway up the stairs isn’t up and isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery, it isn’t in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts run round my head.
It isn’t really anywhere, it’s somewhere else instead.

Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair quite like it.
I’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the top.
So this is the stair where I always stop.

 

When you drive, you have the responsibilities of neither here or there, so, above all, remember to Enjoy the Journey!

These ideas work well for our family. If you have any more ideas, please feel free to leave a comment!

December 12, 2007

HOME!

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We arrived in the late afternoon yesterday, virtually delirious to be home!  It’s almost like Christmas for the kids to see their “old” toys again! 

 

Though it was misty, we unloaded as much of the bus as we could last night before it got dark.  Even some of the mattresses had to be brought over.

 

Because my husband hurt his back unhooking the pull trailer, Sharon and I had to single-handedly unload the bus by ourselves.  Taking the mattresses out was a complete debacle.  One of us was pulling and the other was pushing, and then we got into different speeds.  It became a classic “girl thing,” with both of us giggling and laughing like a bunch of hyenas, almost dropping the mattress.  We really had too much fun!  J

 

So, we’re settling in today.  We unloaded more of the bus, and put a bunch of stuff away. 

 

Sure is good to be home!

December 4, 2007

Much to do in Yuma

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It has been a very busy time for us.  I guess that’s not unusual when you’re on the road!  J  We picked up My Beloved from the airport, though we had to go to Phoenix to get him, since his flight to Yuma was cancelled.  It has taken him a few days to adjust, resting up from his tiring week of funerals, etc. 

 

Tomorrow the Lord is allowing me to speak to a Ladies’ Christmas Fellowship, so pray for me for guidance and wisdom.  I believe I will be speaking on, “Maintaining God’s Gifts.”  It will be something to help folks have better relationships with their families, which is one of the most valuable gifts God has given us.

 

Tomorrow, Lord Willing, my hubby will be making an appointment to talk with the chaplain here at the MCAS, to see about getting the OK for a Bible study on the base.  Pray that the Lord opens hearts and prospers our visit.

 

Sometime later this week, we will be heading back to our bus in Junction, Texas.  Getting closer to home!

November 29, 2007

Travels, Birthdays, and Funerals

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jonatsiskyoupass.jpgIt’s been a very busy week here at the Rolling Raub Ranch. As I write this, I am sitting in a motel room in Encinitas, California, looking out the window at sunny skies. But that wasn’t the case earlier this week. Oh, no! When we left Eugene, Oregon, early Tuesday morning, we drove for about 8 hours or so through the Cascade mountains of Oregon/California and saw all sorts of weather. We even stopped for a few moments at the top of Siskyou Pass and had a snowball fight! Now, that’s something for a Texan.

 

The Lord has blessed us with safety, even though our trailer likes to give us fits sometimes. We’re thankful for the Lord allowing us to make it safely thus far. Tomorrow, Lord Willing, My Beloved will meet us at the airport in Yuma, Arizona, where we hope to help the local church there start an outreach to the Marines there. Pray that the Lord prospers our efforts!

 

Thanks to all who have been praying for my husband and his family after the loss of his father. His funeral was yesterday. Actually, there are two funerals this week. My husband wrote:

 

Yes, it’s “funerals”. We buried Dad yesterday, and today I am preaching the funeral of our dear great Aunt Ruth. She passed away Monday. Pray that hearts be open and that I speak clearly and boldly. Then Friday I fly out to Yuma, AZ for a NAAMAN project with the Heritage Baptist Church and MCAS Yuma. Lord willing, Lisa and the kids will arrive there tomorrow afternoon by automobile to meet me at the airport. They left Portland Tuesday and have been on the go, with Jonathan doing most of the driving. We flew him up from Texas (where he is in Bible college in Austin) to help during my absence this week.

More on the workings of the Lord to come!

In Christ’s service,

Bro. Kevin Raub

Again, thank you for your prayers. Continue to pray for his mother, since she will continue to feel the loss of both very keenly.

 

BTW, we have also had two birthdays this week: Sharon turned 13, and Johanna turned 7!!!!! My, does time fly!

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