As we were planning our trip over the last year, the only items that made the gear list were the bare essentials. (Unfortunately, some bare essentials, such as a pillow, didn’t make the list.) However, one item on the list which was not a necessity but a luxury is John’s guitar. This wonderful piece of entertainment found a place strapped on the back of John’s boat. Although, he hasn’t had a lot of time to play (We are so much busier than we ever expected – just surviving.), there have been a few times he has played and we have sang together.

One of our favorite songs we like to sing together is “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn. Lyrics from the last verse really speak to me….

“Now I’m old and feeling grey.
I don’t know what’s left to say
About this life I’m willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well,
There’s many tales I’ve lived to tell.”

These lyrics, along with hearing about the death of someone I knew from home, caused me to contemplate how I view the end of my years.

“I don’t know what’s left to say” – Have I spoken kind words to those around? Have I told the ones I love that I love them? Are there still words I need to say to someone?

“About this life I’m willing to leave.” – Am I willing to leave this life? Do I have unfinished business?

“I lived it full and I lived it well,” – Do I have regrets? Will I say “I wish I would have”? Have I lived my life to its fullest? Have I said, “Yes!” enough?

“There’s many tales I’ve lived to tell.” – Have I accomplished the extraordinary? Do I have a legacy to leave?

I feel this trip has definitely helped me “prepare” for that time when “Now I’m old and feeling grey.” However, I don’t want to become complacent and assume I am done living the “tales to tell”. What is next?


  1. Carol Tonak said:

    I have been following your journey and sharing with my folks. Unfortunately my mother took an unexpected journey of her own. My father and I will continue to follow and keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    June 7, 2015
  2. Cindy Thompson said:

    Seen your story on Facebook and wanted to “travel” with you on your adventure! God bless you and keep you both safe!

    June 15, 2015
  3. Bob and Janie Pound said:

    We think of you guys often and hope you’re both safe. The weather doesn’t seem to be ideal. We will continue to pray for your safety and that everything you need is provided. God is so good and will watch over you. God bless you both. Bob & Janie

    June 16, 2015
    • Bob & Janie,
      Good to hear from you. Notes like this and prayers are very encouraging. Hope you are well.

      June 16, 2015

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