BY: Pam Parker
Our time in Kentucky is coming to a close tomorrow as we cross into Tennessee. We have been blown away by the beauty of this state. Scotty has enjoyed all the uphill and has come to love flying downhill. We have climbed a ton of rolling hills and while some climbs have been extremely tough the beauty that has surrounded us has far outweighed the struggle. Kentucky has also brought some amazing memories that will last us a lifetime as we have met some of the most beautiful spirited people.
Sunday we traveled an hour and a half to the Ark Encounter. Scotty and his sisters were so excited their grandparents and great grandma came to visit for the weekend. We were all in awe. The Ark was massive and so beautifully built. There were so many things to see and read. Just to even try to comprehend Noah building something of that size and all the God instilled planning that went into it all. They also had a petting zoo and camel rides. The kids had a blast riding the camel and shared with a man that worked there what we are doing this summer. That same man came and found us a little later and said he wanted to be a blessing to us and took us behind the scenes and we got to hold and see several amazing animals. Everyone’s favorite by far was holding the baby kangaroo.
Monday was Lily’s 10th birthday. Her wish was to eat at her favorite place – Chick-fil- a. She hadn’t had it since she left home for this ride. She was having withdrawals. We rode to the closest one for lunch. As everyone walked to the counter in their spandex cycling clothes explaining what they were doing with the customers and staff they were greeted with excitement and tons of support. After they learned it was Lily’s 10th birthday they offered free ice cream to the riding crew and comped all of our meal. They even took the time to share on their Facebook page about Scotty’s Ride for Water. What a huge blessing yet another reminder of why they LOVE Chick-fil-a:)
Tuesday we had a big day with a lot of going uphill. It is the middle of summer so we were cooking, hangry and ready to rest in some cool AC. We had to shuttle to our hotel. The gps said we had arrived but there was nothing but an empty parking lot. When Peter called the number for our motel the lady who answered said she had the number now that the motel had been demolished. After searching for somewhere to stay multiple hotels were full we ended up calling a bed and breakfast called the Harmony House in Hazard. The sweet lady who answered said she was supposed to be gone for the evening but her plans changed so she would be glad to have us. It must be meant to be she said. When we arrived she had chocolate zucchini bread baking, showed us around and when we asked her if we could do laundry she insisted on washing it for us. She even folded it all. The next morning we woke up to the smell of sausage, homemade chocolate chip pancakes and hash browns. I’m telling you there are angels on earth and Mrs. Sherry is one. She feeds the homeless and volunteers for pretty much everything in her community. She is one bright light to all that meet her. After hearing about the ride and Lily and Emmylou sacrificing their summer for the ride she called and signed them up for a local Lego camp and took them and even went to have lunch with them so they could have a day off. Before us leaving she insisted on donating to help get people clean water too. She simply just exudes love and joy and her smile is contagious!!!
Beyond thankful for the people God has placed in our path. A fun adventure at the Ark turned into meeting a wonderful man who shared his love for animals with us. A slight trip out of the way for a chicken sandwich for the birthday girl turned into a birthday she will never forget where she was made to feel so special at the same time sharing with even more people the need for clean water and hope. What was a frustrating set back of a demolished motel turned into a wonderful place to stay with more blessings than we could have ever imagined! “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20