Wow, it still seems so surreal! Downhere officially owns a bus! What a huge blessing, huh?! They have played together for ten years traveling North America in a van and trailer. The van they currently have is #3 and has 250,000 miles on it – it’s on its last leg. God has continued to provide for these guys over the years with tour dates, a great record label, songs that seem to touch the hearts and lives of people all over the world, an incredible bunch of fans, various awards, friends for life, and now a means of transportation that will provide many benefits to this crazy life.
Here are a few perks of now owning a bus… from my perspective:
- A big plus is the possibility for more family time. Meaning, when it’s convenient for all we will be able to join Jeremy on short trips here and there. Liam is a good traveler so I’m praying this little girl will fit right in too;).
- Jeremy will potentially be home a bit more. Now that they have the luxury of being able to sleep in a bunk and take turns driving through the night, they will be able to leave later and return home sooner. We really treasure the time when Jeremy is home so this is a very nice perk!!
- It’s a much safer way to travel. Thanks to those of you who constantly pray for safety on the road! It’s amazing they have been so protected over the years considering the amount of miles they’ve driven and the type of vehicle they’ve traveled in.
- And of course the obvious comfort level! The guys figured they spend 3 months out of the year living out of the van. That’s a long time to be stuck in a smelly van that feels every single bump in the road… I know because I traveled with them for 3 years sharing a bench with my honey… now that’s true love;)!
So I cannot express my gratitude enough, as a wife of a traveling rock star, to those of you who have given to their bus fund. Needless to say, God is faithful and through your giving efforts has continued to reassure them and pave the way for them to reach others for his Kingdom through the gift of music. This crazy life is definitely a calling… and the Lord continues to call them back to the road and back to the studio, and all the while families are growing and there are more mouths to feed. And God is faithful. I am overwhelmed and in awe – and yet not completely surprised because the God we serve is more than I can fathom and loves to bless His children in ways we can’t imagine. Honestly, in a way I am a bit sad too, because it means they will STILL be traveling and not coming off the road. Like I said, it’s a calling, and one the wives need to be called too as well. The fact that it’s a calling doesn’t make it easy by ANY means – in fact it’s quite the sacrifice if I do say so myself! But whoever said surrendering your will to the Creator would be a smooth ride (hopefully it’s about to get smoother, pun intended!).
Here are some pictures we took while Jeremy walked Liam and I through the bus for the first time!
My 2 rock stars;)!
Oh, and here’s a fun fact about the bus… it used to belong to a hockey team;). Perfect for a few Canadian boys, eh!
Ok so here is the video. Liam has been crawling like this for a week now. Jeremy had just finished bouncing Liam on his lap… which is his favorite thing, and proceeded to set him down on the floor which he wasn’t too happy about. So that’s why he’s so expressive in the beginning of the video – he wanted to keep bouncing;). Then he gets his eye on the stick and crawls to it. We are so proud!! He’s actually crawling to many different toys today which he hasn’t done yet, so I think he’s about to be all over the place! Our physical therapist said she’s happy with the way he is learning to crawl in that he has seemed to skipped the army crawl stage, and the crawling on his hands and feet stage. It’s lots of fun to watch!