Meet the Beilers

On September 25, we split up with the Hoffmans, and us Wongs left Virginia and headed down to Texas to meet up with the Beilers. Do you remember the conference we went to a couple of months ago in Wisconsin? There, we met a few people, including the Beilers, and they eventually decided to sell their house and travel with us, but more on that later.

On the way down to Texas, we stopped at a few places. You might recognize Hodge’s Vineyard (a place we’ve been to twice before) in the video below. Another of the places we went to was Carl Sandburg National Historic Site. Carl Sandburg is a well-known poet, and the house we visited is where he lived with his family. His wife kept goats at the place, and the exact breeds she had are still there today. We got to pet the goats and walk around the site.

Meet the Beilers. The Beilers consist of Chad and Katrina (both in their twenties), Kaleah (3), Caspian (1), and Clara (the new baby). Both Mr. Chad and Miss Katrina like games and playing music, so we enjoyed that together, in addition to the things we normally do with the Hoffmans.

The Hoffmans came down to Texas a month and a half later, and they stayed in the same RV park us and the Beilers were at. All of us occasionally had meals, sang, and gellowshipped together.

We have also been meeting with the Paynes (our friends in San Antonio whom we’ve known for years now). One weekend, they came to the campground we were staying at and visited for a few nights. Check out the video below to see what else we’ve done with them so far.

Us, the Beilers, and the Paynes have done some things together as well, including celebrating Tanner’s 11th birthday at Main Event.

While staying in an RV park in Hondo, we visited the Medina County Museum. There, we learned about the history of the area, and we got to see a bunch of historical items used when Hondo was founded.

This blog post has been a long time in the making. A lot of things changed these past couple of months, so I didn’t want to release it until I had the situation figured out. At first, we (the Wongs) thought we’d be traveling with the Beilers and Hoffmans together. Eventually, we decided to stay in Texas due to some personal reasons, including being able to minister to someone we met a while back while evangelizing. The Beilers and Hoffmans have moved on together since then, and we (the Wongs) are staying at Ramblin Rec RV Park in Hondo, Texas. I’m not sure what kind of blog posts you’ll be seeing in the future, but I expect most of them to be about us and the Paynes. I’m excited to see what God will have us do next!

Waiting for the New Baby Hoffman

While we stayed at Picture Lake Campground, we did a few things including going evangelizing and eating dinner with the Hoffmans on the weekends.  Also, for the birth of the baby, Mimi and Papaw (Mr. Josh’s mom and stepdad) came down with their RV and stayed a few weeks.

On September 2, us Wongs went to Richmond, Virginia and went to a couple of NPS sites.  The first was Richmond National Battlefield Park, dedicated to a bunch of battle sites from the Civil War (around Richmond).  We went to one of the visitor centers and watched a few videos about some of the main battles that happened in the area.

The next site we went to was Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, the home of an entrepreneurial black woman who lived during the Jim Crow era.  She is known as the first black woman to found a bank, and she set an example for others of courage, perseverance, and kindness.  She lived in her home with her big family (including adoptive children).  We were given a tour of the house, which even had an old-fashioned elevator.

On another day, we went to the Science Museum of Virginia (in Richmond).  The museum’s main theme was speed, and there were time lapse videos, a multitasking test, air hockey with a robot, and more.  The museum was built out of an old train station, so there were trains in the back, which we got to look at.

Anna Joy Hoffman was born on September 14, 2021, around 6:22 PM.  I included pictures of food we ate recently in the video below as well.

On September 21, we went to Pamplin Historical Park, which is really near by to where we were staying.  It was a homeschool group, and a guide at the museum took us around and talked to us about the Civil War.  Inside were displays, an audio tour, and artifacts, while outside, there was a battleground model, historic buildings, and more.  There were multiple buildings to look at and go into, and we went everywhere.

Last time we’d been here, Petersburg National Battlefield hadn’t been completely open (due to covid).  On September 24, we revisited the area and went to the museum in the visitor center.  We also walked around the battlefield and looked at where the crater (a failed attempt at winning during the fighting) used to be.

If you didn’t already know, during the Civil War, this is where a nine and a half month siege took place.  Grant was on the offence and tried to gain control of the railroads that went in and out of Petersburg, since the city was such a large supplier of goods to the South.  Lee fought to protect the city, and when Grant’s attempt to capture Petersburg failed, it led to a long and difficult siege.  Ultimately, the Union won, and Lee surrendered soon after.

Searching Together Conference

We moved to Camp Sandusky in Sandusky, Ohio on July 7.  On the way, we stopped at Cuyahoga National Park (also in Ohio).  The site had a lot of hiking and some waterfalls, but we were only able to go to the visitor center and read about them due to time restrictions.

The next day, we visited River Raisin National Battlefield (in Monroe, Michigan).  During the war of 1812, a battle happened there, and the town, along with its food supply, was burned down.  The people afterwards had to fend for themselves.  The lived off of boiled hay and muskrats.  Both were unappetizing.  The site bears witness to the perseverance of the people who used to live there.

In case you are wondering, the site is called River Raisin because the French found a river with wild grapes growing on its banks, so they named it that.

On July 15, we arrived at Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  There, we attended the Searching Together Conference for a few days, meeting and eating with other believers in the Lord.

Last minute, we decided to upgrade to a new RV.  We drove from Wisconsin to Texas, got our new RV (a Talon), then drove to Ohio, where we met back up with the Hoffmans.  On the way, we stopped at three NPS sites.

The first was Arkansas Post National Memorial.  Arkansas Post is at the confluence of two rivers and has been a gathering place for different peoples over the centuries.  At first it was a trading post between the Europeans and Native Americans, but over time, it changed hands.  It belonged to the French, Spanish, Confederates, and US at different times over the years.

The second place was Fort Donelson National Battlefield.  In 1862, during the Civil War, this was a Confederate fort.  The Union battled for it and won, and that led to the surrender of parts of Kentucky and Tennessee to the North.

We stayed at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky on our way up to Ohio.  We went to attend a ranger program there, but it rained (it was an outdoor seating area), and we left.  The program was about historical tour guides of the caves.  We were learning about an enslaved man who explored, led tours of, and mapped the cave.

In Ohio, we saw Mimi and Papaw (Mr. Josh’s mom and stepdad), as well as Mr. Dom, someone we met while evangelizing in Zanesville.

On August 5, us and the Hoffmans moved from Ohio to Meadow Creek Campground in Meadow Bridge, West Virginia.  The campground was basically empty and had no hookups  It was very pretty, with the mountains surrounding the park and natural scenery everywhere.  It bordered a river which we swam, fished, and snorkeled in.  Nearby, there were state parks and a national park (New River Gorge National Park and Preserve).  We hiked at these places during the weekend, and took a tram up and down a mountain on one of the days.

And here’s some food we ate recently:

Battles, Floods, and Progression

On July 1, we moved with the Hoffmans to Death Ridge Brewery (Harvest Host) in Jeffersonton, Virginia.  It rained that night, and in the morning, someone had to tow us out with their tractor.

The next morning, we split up with the Hoffmans, and us Wongs drove to our next stop.  On the way, we visited Friendship Hill National Historic Site in Point Marion, Pennsylvania.  Friendship Hill is where Albert Gallatin lived with his family.  Born in Geneva, he moved to America and became the Secretary of the Treasury while Jefferson and Madison were president.  He helped with the Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis and Clark named a river after him, as Gallatin was a big political figure in his time.

Inside Gallatin’s house, we learned about the times at which different parts were built, and we got to see how it would’ve looked during Gallatin’s time.

We stayed at Christian Klay Winery (Harvest Host) in Chalkhill, Pennsylvania.  In the morning, we went Fort Necessity Battlefield, which is about the battle which started the French and Indian War occurred.

Accounts differ on whether the French or British fired first, but either way, French leader Jumonville was killed, setting both sides against each other.  Washington, 21 years old at the time, fought for the British and was in the battle at Jumonville Glen.  Afterward, he built Fort Necessity to prepare for the revenge of the French.  The battle at Fort Necessity ended up with Washington surrendering the fort to the French.  He also unknowingly signed a document claiming he was responsible for the death of Jumonville.

After that, we moved to 1889 Park in South Fork, Pennsylvania, where we met up with the Hoffmans.  The RV park had wild blackberries around the tree line, and we picked and ate some of those.

On the way to the RV park, we stopped at Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania.  The memorial told the story of 9/11 and a flight that was hijacked and meant to crash into the U.S. Capitol.  However, the passengers on the flight fought back, and the hijackers were forced to crash the plane short of their destination.  It was a suicide mission, and everyone on the plane died.

The museum had displays on what happened, artifacts, and information on how the FBI figured out everything.

On July 4, we (the Wongs) went to Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania.  The railroad was used in the early 1800’s to move boats over the mountains to the body of water on the other side.  Thus, it was part of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.  People also travelled on the railroad, and it was a way escaped slaves could flee to freedom.

After that, us and the Hoffmans went to Johnstown Flood National Memorial in South Fork, Pennsylvania.  The museum told us about how people built a city on the floodplain at the convergence of two rivers.  Spring floods were normal, and it was on one of these rainy days that the South Fork dam failed.  This was due to lack of maintenance and large amounts of water.  The dam crumbled, sending a big wave which rushed downstream, 45 minutes later wiping out Johnstown and killing over 2,000 people.

The museum had some survivors’ stories, as well as information on the dam, its owner, and Johnstown during that time.

Update On the Hoffmans and Us

At first, we thought we’d be living in Zanesville, Ohio with the Hoffmans, but when we thought about going door-to-door and running out of places to evangelize at, the Hoffmans decided to get an RV, live in it full-time, and travel with us in order to go door-to-door in different places.  Before I continue on with updates on what we’re doing now, I’ll insert a video of what we did for Aiden’s, Mason’s, and Daddy’s birthdays.

For these three birthdays, we spent them at Mimi and Papaw’s house, where we broke bread and celebrated together with birthday cakes (red velvet, tiramisu, and cheesecake).  Now on to the updates.

So, the Hoffmans and us have a desire to share the gospel with others.  Traveling in RV’s and going door-to-door seems like the best way to do it for us at this time.  We know that the church is not a building or services, but the body of Christ (meaning all believers), so we meet, fellowship, break bread, sing praises to God, and evangelize together.  We have a very close relationship with each other, and we build one another up when we are together.  Although it is a very unconventional way of Christian living, I find that it is very upbuilding to my faith, more than anything we’ve ever done before.

Now, here is something you might not know: our RV (a Crossroads Volante) is in need of repairs, and we just recently were able to get things moving along so it can be repaired.  In the meantime, we bought a smaller, new RV that we’ll live in for 3—6 months (or longer) while our Volante is being fixed.  Here are pictures of us moving into our new RV (a Grand Design Transcend):

We moved to North Carolina recently (temporarily; we will be moving around), and the Hoffmans will be joining us, living in a condo until they can pickup their RV (at a dealership in North Carolina), but more on that in the next blog post.

Oh, and here are some pictures of the National Road campground cat we named Zaney (short for Zanesville) and her recently-born kittens.  We saw them right before we left to North Carolina.

The Realm Audio Drama

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Finally!  It’s been about half a year since I told you all about the audio drama my brothers and I were working on.  Well, we recently finished the first episode, so here it is.  Enjoy!

A mermaid named Selena decides she doesn’t want to live in the water anymore, and since she has the ability to change her tail to legs when she goes onto land, she wants to live on a boat.  A way to grant her wish is found when she meets Max, the “world-renowned” scuba diver, and together, the three of them go on a treasure hunt to find a pearl that will give Selena a pirate ship.

There were some changes I made to what we were planning on doing.  First of all, Tanner decided not to be one of the voice actors, so characters were reduced.  I also decided to shorten how many episodes there could be, as the audio didn’t take up nearly as much time as I estimated it would.

In case you were interested in learning about the process I went through to make this audio drama, here it is:

First, I wrote the script over a relaxed period of a few months.  Then, we recorded.  I was both a voice actor and the director.  Once we finished getting all the audio I needed, I opened up Blender (a multi-purpose, free software that I use for video/audio editing), and I inserted all the scenes, sound effects, and music and edited them all together.  Once I was finished with that, I rendered (finished) the file into both an mp4 and mp3 file.  That way, I could upload it to YouTube along with the visuals, and my brothers could put the audio file onto their mp3 players.

Over this whole process, I was the producer, actor, writer, editor, and director.  All of my brothers helped me in one way or another.  Even though Tanner didn’t act, he and Aiden and Mason listened to the file before I rendered it, and they found one mistake, which I fixed.  Aiden helped me solve a problem that I had in editing.

Now, here is another thing I decided when we worked on the audio drama.  We aren’t planning on making more episodes.  Reasons for this are that conditions in our home and what we are up to now don’t fit well with recording, and Mason doesn’t really like voice acting (Mason says I’m very particular over the quality of our acting.  I take it as a compliment).  I don’t know for sure if we’ll never make another episode, but for now, I’m not planning on it.

Turning 16 and Museums – Ohio

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We’ve been meeting with the Hoffmans like usual, but we haven’t been able to evangelize due to snow and/or cold weather.  We’ve also been seeing Mr. Josh’s parents, whom we call Mimi and Papaw (because the Hoffman kids do).  In the video below, you can see pictures of when we celebrated Mimi’s birthday at the Hoffmans’ house, then when we celebrated my 16th birthday.  Also, there are two pictures of our pets.  Mommy recently took the pictures after she’d dressed up our cats.  Julius doesn’t mind the necktie, but Tennessee really didn’t like wearing the clothes or bows.

On February 13, we went to First Ladies NHS in Canton, Ohio.  There, we learned about the roles of the First Ladies of the United States over time.  We learned about the White House being built, and how it was decorated, and how it was mainly the First Lady’s role to decorate both the outside and inside of the White House, as well as host parties and celebrations there.

Afterward, we drove to McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, which was a few minutes away.  It is a science museum/historical museum/museum about the McKinleys.

The museum had a special event for the Mars 2020 space mission, where a rover and helicopter will land on Mars on February 18.  As a result, we got to learn about the mission when we went to the planetarium show.  You can actually watch the landing live on February 18, 2021 here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/watch-online.  There will be some options to choose from on this page.

In one section of the museum, a man showed us some cool things that were used during the McKinleys’ time.  One was a stereoscope.  The stereoscope is a device used to view two slightly different images, resulting in a 3D image.  The other thing the man showed us was a Reginaphone.  The Reginaphone is a music box that plays a disk, creating music that has a deep, echoing quality to it.  It sounded really nice.

Another part of the museum was a fake, old-fashioned town, with a blacksmith, a dentist, houses, a firehouse, and more.  We could go into some of the buildings, as well up some stairs to a few other buildings.

Back in Ohio to Stay – Indiana and Ohio

“Back in Ohio to stay…wait, did she write stay?”  Yes, I did.  As a matter of fact, we are planning to stay in or near Zanesville, Ohio, by our friends, the Hoffmans (I wrote about them in this post).  Some reasons for this choice is wanting to fellowship with likeminded believers in Christ and to share the good news of the Gospel with people in this area.  But more on that later.

On the way to Zanesville, we stopped at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana.  George Clark was the older brother of the famous William Clark (if you don’t know who that is, maybe the phrase “Lewis and Clark” will trigger your memory).  George Clark is known mostly for his success in gaining the Northeast territory for America, from the British.

In the late 1700’s, the British claimed land west of the Appalachian Mountains and proclaimed that no one should settle in the land there.  When settlers did not listen, and the Revolutionary War was intensifying, the British sent Native American groups to fight the disobedient people.  As a result, George Clark took a party of Kentucky militia to fight back where the raids were happening the most.  This went on for a while, but when Clark learned that the British would be attacking in the spring, he organized a group of tough, persistent Americans and Frenchmen to travel through the freezing, flooded lands of Illinois to get to the British fort of Hamilton, believed to have been where the park now is – Indiana.  They captured the fort, the British surrendered, and the British had been stopped from achieving their goal of stopping Americans from gaining the Northwest.

The park had a very tall memorial that was circular, made of granite.  According the the NPS website, it is 80 feet tall, 90 feet wide, and the walls are two feet thick.  Steps led to the memorial’s inside, where a statue of Clark stood, just a bit taller than he was in real life, and seven murals painted on Belgium linen lined the walls, depicting Clark’s mission.  The memorial was completed in 1933.

We took much longer than we’d expected to get to the Hoffman’s house, due to traffic, bumpy roads, and construction.  We arrived around 10 o’clock, but we took long to park.  The neighborhood had steep streets and narrow roads lined with vehicles, which made it difficult to navigate the area.  We got stuck a few times, had to ask neighbors to move their vehicles, and in the end, we couldn’t make it into the Hoffmans’ driveway.  The neighbors were really nice and accomodating, and the people at the bar down the road offered to move their vehicles out of a parking lot so we could park there.  We parked, but the space was too unlevel to take out our slides, so we stayed in the Hoffmans’ house for the night.

The next day, we moved to Campers Grove RV Park in Hopewell, Ohio, about 10 minutes away from the Hoffmans.  We are here right now (check the published date at the top to make sure you don’t get confused when “now” is), and we plan on staying here until we can find some land to buy.

More updates will come later!

Answering Questions About My Writing, Life, and Blog

Finally, I am up to date and all caught up with past blog posts (I had started these travel blog posts about a year and a half after we started traveling). If you hadn’t noticed, the posts I had been writing are dated at an earlier time in our RV travels. Now, when you see a post, you can be assured that it happened in the past week or so.

Now for my writing.  Some of you have been asking me if I am writing another book.  Yes, I am, but I am taking it pretty slow.  I think I have done around seven chapters, and that is only counting the rough draft (I still need to revise, edit, and proofread).  Besides, RV life is pretty busy, and I still do homeschool (of course), and I like to knit, read, write blog posts, and do other things.

I can’t tell you too much about the book, but it is going to be associated with the Holocaust and feature a very young woman and a Jewish baby.  My intended audience is teenagers.  If I had to give you a release date, I would say between around two years from now (2022 or 2023).

Also, my three brothers and I are thinking of producing our own audio drama made in our RV.  We are planning on making it a series about fantasy/fictional characters who live in a fictional world and are traveling through it.  It is supposed to be a funny audio drama, especially for children, but we’ll see how it turns out.

We Got a New Cat – Tennessee

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We recently got a new cat, which Daddy and Mommy found in our truck’s engine.  She is only a kitten, and we cleaned her up and gave her medicine before letting her roam freely around our RV.  Right now, she is getting along pretty well with Julius, but she still needs to work things out fully with the dogs.

I Got a KNWBOOKS Shirt Made by a Relative

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March 2020 – My aunt, Kristy Ehrenheim, made me a unique, custom shirt with the KNWBOOKS logo on it.  She created the sticker of my logo using a Silhouette machine, and I got to help.  First, we downloaded my logo.  Then, we got the machine to cut the logo out on heat transfer vinyl.  Finally, we ironed it onto the back of a white shirt (which happened to fit me perfectly).

Aunty Kristy was really fun to be with because she is creative and enjoys doing a lot of things that I do, such as crafts and music.  Thank you, Aunty Kristy, for making this shirt for me.

Beaches and Forts – Florida

On February 5, we moved to Tanglewood Gardens Mobile Home & RV Park in Brent, Florida.  It was rainy and cloudy that day.  The next day, February 6, we celebrated my 15th birthday in our RV.  We did our homeschool like usual, then I opened presents from my family, and we all had ice cream cake for dessert.

On Saturday, we went to Fort Pickens Area Gulf Islands National Seashore.  It was on a beach, and we were able to walk around the fort.  The fort was built in 1834 to defend Pensacola Harbor, and it played a role in the Civil War.

We went to the visitor center, explored the fort, and played on the beach.  The fort was big and cool.  There were stalagmites inside the fort, probably because of mineral water seeping through the roof for a long time.  There were also small tunnels and cannons.  On the beach, my brothers had fun digging giant holes in the sand.

Another day, we went to Johnson Beach, part of the national park, where we relaxed and my brothers dug giant holes in the sand.

San Juan Island – Washington

On Saturday, we went to San Juan Island by taking a ferry.  We waited in line in our truck for a while before driving onto the ferry, then we got out of our vehicle and explored the different decks and rooms of the ferry.

When we got off the ferry, we went to San Juan Island National Historical Park, an alpaca farm, a lavender farm, and a beach.

Alpaca Farm

Beach

Starting my Publishing Journey

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MAY 2019

At this point of my life, I have been writing for a couple of years with the intention of one day publishing my works.  I have a small ring binder, full of college ruled lined paper, handmade separators, and a bag of pencils and notebooks.  It contains three and a half books, hand-written on the paper.  I realized that the sooner I started, the more time I would have to get known as an author, so I started thinking of publishing now.  After researching different options with the help of Mommy, I decided that self-publishing through Amazon was my best choice for now.  I got a KDP account on May 1st, a website on May 8th, and a bank account and an email somewhere in between.  

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THINGS I DID WRONG AT FIRST:

. Publishing my books before editing and proofreading them

. Formatting my books incorrectly

THINGS I LEARNED:

. How to use the internet

. How to run a website

. How to code (a little)

. How to design a website, insert pictures, make links work, etc.

. How to format a book

. How to proofread a book

. How to design a book cover

. How to self-publish a book

. How to do research for and rewrite a book

Publishing my books before proofreading them cost me a lot.  It basically ruined my reputation as a new author, resulting in a loss of sales and interest.  However, I learned the importance of proofreading and how to properly publish a book through trial and error.  Before this, I had never really used the internet.  I didn’t even know how to search for information.  With the help of Daddy (computer expert) and Mommy, I learned how to do most of what I now know.

MY KNWBOOKS LOGO

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This is my logo.  I made it using an app on my computer called Paint.  The logo is mostly shades of blue because it is my favorite color.  The black and white represents simplicity (and also because they are some of the main colors that I wear).  The “KNW” in KNWBOOKS stands for my first, second, and last names, Kayla Naomi Wong.  I added “BOOKS” because my life is closely associated with books, and I am an author.  Mommy helped me come up with the name.  The two rectangles are a book and a bookmark.  Finally, the logo is in the shape of a circle because I prefer circles to squares because they are more gentle-looking.

The Mighty Pacific Ocean – California

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Seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time in eight or so years was amazing.  We drove to Silver Strand State Park and arrived in the pouring rain and rough wind.  Sand mixed in the rain flew everywhere, and when I was in bed, I could feel the RV shaking and swaying in the wind.

The next morning, when everything had calmed down, we walked to the beach and enjoyed it for a bit before it started drizzling.  It was cloudy and cold the whole time we were there.

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My brothers digging in the sand

We moved to Catalina Spa and RV Resort that morning, in Desert Hot Springs, California.  It was fun staying there, because they had swimming pools (some with odorless mineral hot spring water), pickle ball and mini golf.

I got to spend my 14th birthday in California at home, where we had homemade sushi (Daddy’s a great cook) for lunch.

I also got presents.  One of the best ones was a MP4 player from Mommy and Daddy, and I put a whole bunch of music on it.

Contacts – Arizona

Kayla Wong getting contacts

While in Arizona, I got contacts at a Walmart.  First, they did an eye exam on me to get an updated eye prescription.  I got shot with air in both eyes, used another machine by it, and read off an eye exam chart.  It took a few tries to get the air in correctly, since my eyes are sensitive.

Then, when the eye doctor had figured out what contacts to give me, he put numbing drops in my eyes and tried to put both contacts in my eyes.  Unfortunately, he could only get one in (my eyes were trying very hard to keep out a foreign object), so I did the other one.  Also, there was a mirror right in front of me, and when the doctor opened my eye super wide, I saw my face and couldn’t help laughing.

It took about two hours to get the other contact in, then take both out.  I learned how to keep them clean and free of particles, and the doctor gave me two trial pairs of contacts.  Contacts seemed like a miracle – like having perfect eyesight again, and not having glasses in the way.

BEFORE YOU READ MY BLOG

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Hello friends, family, or whoever you are, welcome to my blog!  Please read this first before moving onto the next post.  This will help you get the most out of all the pictures and excitement here.

First, if you are new here, make sure to start from the very first post at the bottom of the Blog page.  That is where the adventure starts.

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In the later posts, you will see that the way the pictures are arranged are different.  This is because complications came up with the methods I had been using previously.

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Last Notes:

My mom is more than 99% responsible for all the pictures here.  I am very grateful for her photography help.  The other less than 1% of pictures have been taken either by Daddy, one of us four kids, or a stranger who helped us take a family photo.  Thank you, whoever took those pictures.

*I try to get people’s permission before posting pictures of them on my blog.  For random strangers in the background of pictures though, I can’t help it.*

Mommy often helps with writing and editing my posts.

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