Goliath Project travels through the East Coast capitals
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.
Because so many of the East Coast capitals are so close together, we’ve had two weeks in a row of doing three states in one week instead of two. This has made our visits in some states whirlwind tours. Since we last wrote we’ve been to New Hampshire, Vermont and are currently in New York. We went to New York City a few weeks back, but since Albany is much farther north, we didn’t do our prayer day until this week.
Our time in New Hampshire was short, yet fun. On our prayer days we all dress alike and normally we get a few comments, but for whatever reason this really intrigued the people of New Hampshire. We ate lunch at a local Friendly’s Restaurant (which we highly recommend!). While at lunch we had so many people ask about our trip. We met several fun people that day. We will never forget the two men who approached us, if you ever watched the Muppet show you remember the two hecklers, we think these men were them! They were something else! That day we must have shared our trip with more people than we have in any other state, it just reminded us that even our dressing alike on prayer days serves a purpose.
Our time in Vermont was so much fun, never having been there before, we didn’t really know what to expect. It is such a charming state with so much character.
Some of the things we were able to do while there included a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, a Cider Mill and a Maple Sugar Museum. All of these things were either free or very inexpensive and so much fun for all of us.
There was so much more that we wanted to do, but time just ran out on us. A bit of trivia about Montpelier (the capital); it is the smallest capital city in the U.S. with a population right around 8,000.
Our time in Albany was fun and to be honest very rainy.
It has rained for two days and doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon. It’s hard to think of New York state as anything other than New York City, but we are discovering that upstate New York is quite pretty. The capitol building in Albany looks like a castle, which is different from most the capitols we’ve seen so far. We found the inside to be a bit confusing to get around in, but we were able to do our praying, which is the most important part of our visit. It’s so fun to see the kids discover history as well. In the capitol is this gorgeous staircase with many carvings on it. Some of the faces carved on there the kids have been studying, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was fun to watch them get excited at seeing names they recognized. On our drive across the state, we were all excited to run across the Erie Canal and learn more about it.
Today on our way west to Ohio we drove through Niagara Falls. The kids were so excited to get to see them.
It was a cold rainy day, so we didn’t spend too much time at them. Regardless of that we still enjoyed our time there, it was short but worth the time we took! God’s creation is just so amazing.
We have now prayed in 45 capitals and have only three more to go before we get home. We are finding that we are all starting to dream of being home and in our own beds.
We are still enjoying this trip very much, but are looking forward to the comforts of home to going more than two days without having to pack a suitcase to load up in the suburban. We sometimes feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she says, “There’s no place like home.” We are so grateful though for this opportunity. We feel like we truly know this country so much better than we ever did. Now when we hear of places on the news, we have an idea of where it is and what the people in that area are like. Maybe we’ll be more vigilant in continuing to pray beyond our circle of our friends, family, church and town.
Today we hear in the news about anxiety at the Pentagon as well as more terrorist threats to our country. It just reminds us how important prayer really is for all of us. Daily prayer not only gives us wisdom to live life, it grants us peace that passes all understanding. Our leaders are facing so much change and so many challenges we must continue lifting them up in prayer. While in Albany we sensed the anxiety about possible terrorist attacks when we went to Gov. Pataki’s office. All “parcels” must go through a screening process that is no where near his office. As we’ve said before we are just constantly reminded that our country has indeed changed since last September.
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