Editor's note: A Craig family started a trek called the Goliath Project in which they will travel across the country to pray in 24 eastern states. The Craig Daily Press publishes weekly articles from the Haynes family as they progress on their journey.
We have been gone from Craig now for four weeks. Since leaving Craig on March 3 we have traveled more than 4,000 miles through 10 states and we have visited seven capitals.
We are thankful for safety in our travels.
We are traveling in a more populated part of our country and we have seen a lot of people traveling on spring break. So much happens in a month.
So much happens in a week.
We had the chance to go to a revival at a church in Tennessee and it was truly a revival. We enjoyed the experience. The kids said that the evangelist was "loud."
We also met another home school family and their son plays a fife.
He has been doing some filming in this part of the country for a Civil War film that will be released next fall.
They have traveled and reenacted some historic battles.
The kids continue to write down their thoughts and feelings of all we are experiencing in their journals. There are so many opportunities for history, geography and more. We can't take in everything but we sure do have the chance to see many historic sites.
While we were in South Carolina we started to see more information in museums about the Revolutionary War.
It seems that there have been more times when we have been at war than times of peace.
We took a slight detour to see Brian's aunt in Wilmington, N.C. While we were there we toured the battleship USS North Carolina that has be de-commissioned.
It is quite a ship and she saw a lot of battles in her day. In all of her years of service 10 men were lost in battle.
We have had the opportunity to stay with people and we really enjoy those opportunities. When you stay in someone's home not only do you get to know the family better you get a sense of what it is like to live
in a different part of the
We have stayed with host families in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
We always feel blessed by each family with whom we stay. One such family is the Tuggy family. Sam grew up in Venezuela and Mary grew up in South Africa, so while we were there with them we were able to experience an authentic South African dish. The kids (much to our surprise) loved the meal. We have the recipe if anyone is interested! But more importantly we made new friends while we were there.
We spent Easter weekend in Nashville. Saturday we went to The Hermitage.
Hermitage means 'place of peace and solitude.' The Hermitage was where Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States lived.
The grounds are more than 400 acres and it is very educational to see where the Jackson family lived.
This week we will travel to Frankfort, Ky. and Charleston, W.Va. We are looking forward to getting to Washington D.C. and New York City soon but we make sure to learn and appreciate where we are for that day.
Every day is a gift and we thank God for that.
The Haynes Five