Ten years later… an answer to prayer!

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!

We put Liam in Jeremy’s bunk… he didn’t like it too much. Guess it’ll take some getting used to;).

It has 12 bunks, a front lounge and a back lounge.

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!

10 responses

  1. AMAZING! SIMPLY AMAZING!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  2. So awesome, I often say I don’t envy that life. People think its so glamorous but just being away so much has to be so difficult. When we pray for the artists at Creation, thats one thing that I always pray for.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

  3. Carla

    We are really so grateful to God that He has answered this prayer of ours and yours… We appreciate the guys and their families so much for sacrificially serving Him and blessing us. I don’t know if we’ll get to see this in person – it’s quite a drive to WA – but just seeing the photos and reading your account blesses my heart. I know what you mean about a calling being the husband’s and wife’s… We are living that in another profession. So, we will continue to pray for you, Liam, Baby T, and the other families.

    January 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm

  4. Love that coral hoodie you’re wearing! πŸ˜‰

    This is SO exciting! I’m glad this dream has finally come true for them! I remember when Jer & Wes flipped the first van in the snow – quite scary! God has blessed them SOOO many times over with safety, but they have had so many prayer warriors praying for protection over them for a decade now. (Riley’s even joined the ranks!)

    I guess they finally get to have people wonder who they are now as the big bus drives through town! Two questions though: Where do you park it when it’s “at home”? and How do the phones in the bunks work?

    January 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

    • lifewithjerin

      Hey Holly, yes I love that hoodie… thank you for letting me borrow it!!! For now they are parking it at the shop where it was fixed up. They are on the look out for a place closer to us to park it. And I don’t know how the phones work. I’m guessing they won’t be used at all since they all have cell phones. But maybe it’s to talk to the bus driver up front. Not sure.

      January 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

      • Okay so when I read your comment this morning, I realized I had a dream last night about those bunk phones! ha!! I don’t really remember the details, but just remember talking on one… πŸ™‚

        January 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

  5. Yay! I am so excited for the whole downhere family. God is truly wonderful and we, even the “fans”, can rest a little easier at night knowing they will be riding safer. That van was definitely on it’s last leg! Whew!

    I can totally understand that this life is a sacrifice, but a blessing also! And you are one strong woman, Erin! I give credit to you, Sherri and Heather. It’s wonderful knowing the wives support these guys so much!!!

    Blessings to you all in the future!

    January 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

  6. claudie brown

    Great looking bus. I think you have the 2 most handsome Rockstars in the world. Liam always takes such great pics. His smile is like a sunny day. I always pray for safe travels for the guys when they’re on the road. Downhere is such joy for all us fans. Princess T will be here before we know it. Please let Heather and I know if you ever need us to help you. Your family is always in our prayers.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  7. jesusismybliss

    Hey Erin! I found your blog because I love Downhere, but I keep coming back because I love reading about Liam!! He’s so cute and I’m so excited for your family to have a little girl soon! (Although I must say I was a little worried to hear they were going on the cruise, hoping you wouldn’t go into labor early with Jeremy on a ship! But it all worked out well. πŸ™‚ Anyway, just wanted to say hello since I’m following you, and didn’t want to be a silent stalker, haha. Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

    February 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  8. Faith Schatte

    Hello, Erin,
    I found your blog from Jeremy’s blog, after looking up who had sung the beautiful Christmas song “How Many Kings?” that we ran into by accident on the radio one day. We really love the Downhere group!
    I also enjoy following your blog! I am so excited that ya’ll got the bus! It will make things a lot nicer!
    Your son, Liam, is so precious! And I am excited about your little girl! Congratulations!

    God bless you!
    Faith

    February 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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