An Abridged version of my Family’s 3.5 Week Long Road Trip

This a small record of the road trip that two families journey on together to attend two conferences on the other side of the country.

On the 19th of October, my family and I left home in a hurry, eager to get out of the house. We drove about two hours to our friends the S.’s house in Duvall, WA. Our friends I will leave un-named. We stayed the whole day, and the next, so we would have plenty of time to prepare the 32ft motor home, that would take our families, (16 persons) across the country. We all left on Wednesday the 21, around 8pm, We didn’t want to drive for to long, so we only drove 78ml to Cle Elum. We left the RV park in Cle Elum before sunrise, drove all day and stayed the night in Missoula, MT, which is about a 395ml drive. We stayed the next night in Casper, WY, 620ml away. The next day we drove 269ml to Broomfield, CO, to have lunch at my grandparents house. Then we said our goodbyes and drove 70ml to Elizabeth, Co, to stay the night at a friends house. Sunday morning came to soon, and we found ourselves dressed in our Sunday best going to the same church that Kevin Swanson is a Pastor at. After the service, we went over to the Swanson’s house for lunch. We sadly had to leave, and stayed the night in a RV park near by. In the morning we got on the road ant started heading East once again.

We drove 556ml to Kansas City, MO, we tucked in for the night. 199ml away we found are selves visiting Bluff Dwellers Cavern, in Noel, MO. It was amazing there, and we loved our guide, who did a wonderful job of showing us around the cavern. The same day we celebrated my littles brothers birthday 543ml away at Circus World, near Nashville, TN.  Ridgecrest Conference Center, 310ml away, near Asheville, NC, was where we attended the 2015 NCFIC annual conference. The topic was The Highway of Holiness, where many speakers spoke about the Holiness of God, and how it was a Christians duty to also be holy as God is Holy. Four days later we packed up the motor home and traveled 389ml to Greendale, IN. The next morning, we met are good friends the M.s at the Creation Museum, where we had hours of fun, as we heard the Word of God proclaimed through out the museum. We stayed the night with them at a hotel in Burkettsville, OH.

The next day, Tuesday the 3rd of November,we played at a park in Indiana for lunch with the M.s. But we had to leave each other at some point in time, so they headed back to their home in Ohio, and we headed 60ml to stay the night in Mount Pleasant, IN. We left early because we wanted to see our relatives who lived in Iowa. We arrived at my grandparents house 387ml away in Mount Pleasant, and we stayed behind for a day, while the S.s went on ahead to Des Moines. The next day we also arrived in our hotel, it was 11:30pm, and my grandpa had to drive 246ml all the way back with my uncle. For the next few days we attended Kevin Swanson’s “Freedom 2015, National Religious Liberties” conference in Des Moines. It was a fantastic experience, many different speakers proclaimed the gospel to many different families who all shared common goals. They also equipped us to defend our families in the coming ages. Sunday night found us staying in Sioux Falls, SD, 283ml West. Lunch was awesome, Wall Drug Cafe had buffalo burgers waiting for us and boy where they delicious! Although Wall Drug had been 292ml away from Sioux Falls, and we had spent quiet a long time there, we still drove 77ml to see MT Rushmore. We then stayed the night in Rapid City 23ml North of the mountain.

We left that morning in a hurry hoping to travel 543ml to Butte, MT with enough time to have a blast at Fairmont Hot Springs, just outside of Butte. We stayed the next night with our good friends the P.s 303ml Northwest in Athol, ID. We stayed there for a few days and left on Friday, we sadly left so we would to be able to make it to our friends grandparent house on Spokane, WA. We only stayed for a little snack and to say hi. We soon left and arrived at our friends house in Duvall. The total mileage for that day was 323ml, from Athol, to Duvall. The next morning my family and I finally arrive home, and boy where we glad! 24 days we where gone, and we traveled well over 6000 miles on our cross country road trip. In honor of the two conferences that we attended we named our trip the Holy Freedom Road Trip!

~KT

A Few Things I Would Include in My Autobiography

English L10 Essay

Just for the record, I thought I might want to include these three stories in my autobiography….

It was Saturday, April 28 2012. I was 11 years old as I left through the front doors of the Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference in Redmond Washington. It was the second time my family and I had attended after moving here, and we looked forward to attending it every year with vigorous anticipation. That particular year I had especially enjoyed it because I had heard some very encouraging messages from many different speakers.  I was moved by the ideas they had, truths that I would hold on to, to help me through life, in the years to come.

I closed my eyes, being very still, hardly breathing. As I opened my eyes I lifted the barrel of my gun through the bushes, leveling it towards my enemies. Two men, one standing, one kneeling, had their guns aimed at my friend, ready to shoot him. I wouldn’t let that happen, I shot at the kneeling man, I didn’t miss, he was to close to miss. The other man ran over to my left, I couldn’t see him any more, but I knew he was circling around. I dashed out of the thicket to my right, joining my friend behind some trees, we looked ahead, waiting for our enemy to make his move. It came in a volley of rounds, right where my head had just been. That  was close… too close. I peered around the tree very slowly, I looked in the direction that the rounds had come from. There! He was behind another tree, fifty feet from our spot. I looked at my friend, he looked at me, we ran. I ran to the left, he ran to the right, as we tried to surround him. He jumped out, shooting at my friend, then he turned towards me. I fired, he fired, time itself seemed to stop. I felt a sharp pain hit me in the thigh, I screamed and fell, but before my face hit the ground I saw that my shot had been true, my enemy took the shot in his face! We all laughed, Green Team coming out on top again! We loved paint balling, especially when we won. It was my 9th birthday, and I had a blast!

We took off, on a huge runway, in a tiny plane. My grandpa was the pilot, and I had been given the honor of being copilot! As I opened my window, my ball cap  flew of my head into the back seat, I closed the window, put my headset on and sat along for the ride. When we had reached our desired altitude, my grandpa asked me if I wanted to take over for a few minutes. I couldn’t believe my ears! Me flying a plane…dream come true! As I took the wheel my grandpa said not to spin her upside down, I was bummed a little, but I still took a couple of nice dives, and a few hard turns! I was flying!

So there you have it. A few stories in my life that I will never forget, stories that made me who I am, and I thank God for every second of it!

~K.T.Graham

Shoe Tying Lessons at a Local Restaurant

One night at a local restaurant, as a awaited my drink I noticed a rather peculiar looking chap sitting at the next table across from me. The man was staring at his shoes with a depressing face. So I leaned over and took a look at his shoes, curious as to why he was glaring at them. I could find nothing wrong with them, except for the fact that they where untied. I leaned back, for my drink had arrived, as I took a long drink the thought hit me that that the man must not know how to tie his shoes, for as he stood up to leave, he took one step and completely fell over onto the table next to him, and broke it in half!

Once the fellow was back on his feet, I decided to help him tie his shoes. I don’t know why I did it, I just felt that the man needed a friend who would help him through anything, no matter how stupid, or simple. I took him outside, asked him what his name was. Jeff he said, I told him my name was Korbin, and that I wanted to show him how to tie his shoes. “Alright’ I said, ‘first you want to grab both laces, yeah, like that. Then you take one of them cross  it with the other one, like this. Take it and tuck it under and through, and pull tight. Now this is when it gets exciting! Okay, so take one of the laces and  make a loop. Yes! Then take the lace thats not a loop and wrap it around the loop. Take it by the middle and tuck it not through the loop, but through the gap that you made wrapping it around the loop. Pull both the loops that you have made, keeping the ends of the loops from pulling out. Pull the ends a little then pull the loop tight again. Great job!”

The man was so happy that he jumped with joy! Then he triped on his other untied shoe, landing flat on his face! “Better tie that one,” I said “Or you might break your neck!” He leaned over and tied his other shoe pretty well, for a first timer.” He thanked me, and offered to buy me my next drink. I told him that a favor is just that, a favor. And that no cost was necessary. I left the restaurant that day, with a smile on my face, and a skip in my step! I never saw Jeff again, but I am sure that he has his shoes tied on tight!

~K.T.Graham