The biggest news for today is that Jim and I are now NEW MEXICANS! However, as a local guy, Jeff DuKatt says, we're Not really NEW and we're Not really Mexican! We went to the DMV here in Hatch, NM to get our driver's licenses, and we have registered the car here. We have to wait on the title for the RV before we can register it. I love the new license plate on the car.
As you can see, it is turquoise, a favorite color of mine. Unfortunately, I can't get the same color for the RV as they say that one has to be yellow....yuck. Alas, it is what it is. We hope to get the motorhome registered before long. We requested the copy of the title last week, so it should be here soon. We are also registered voters here in New Mexico. YAY!
The other news is that we will be changing our mailing address in the next few weeks, but if anyone wishes to, you can already send mail to us at this address. Please do NOT send any more mail to the South Dakota address. Our PHYSICAL address here, for anyone who wants to visit us, is:
13953 Highway 187
Arrey, NM 87930
However, the MAILING address is slightly different, as follows:
James & Suzanne Haggerty
c/o Arrey RV Park, LLC
HC31, Box 111 Highway 187
Arrey, NM 87930
The owner/manager will be forwarding our mail to us, once a month, when we leave here. Janice is very nice, and is a really hard worker. She and her daughter are working long hours to clean up and fix up this park to be a really nice place to live or visit. Last night we invited her to our home for dinner. It was nice to just sit and chat a while.
Next weekend will be the Ralph Edwards Annual Fiesta with a parade on Saturday in T or C. I'm hoping to be there for the parade. They only put out a newspaper once a week (or maybe twice). I try to remember to pick it up on Friday to know what is happening locally.
The guy who was supposed to be here today to fix our gas tank leak is in the hospital, so yesterday we asked Big Al if he could see if he can fix it. He is supposed to come out today.........but if you remember from my last post, we can't be sure if that will be this week or next...............time is less important here in New Mexico. Anyway, we won't be leaving soon, so although we would like this fixed ASAP, we must wait until he comes to see us. We have to drive to the DMV in Hatch in the RV for the vin inspection so we hope to have the repair done before that. I hate having to pack up just to drive there for the lady to look at the vin number, but she says that's the law here. Alas, it is what it is.
Yesterday was a cooler day, which we really enjoyed, but it is still very windy. Yesterday it faked us out.............the wind seemed to have died down, so Jim put the awning out and set up our chairs............and back came the high winds, so he had to take in the awning again.
Here are two pictures of the incredibly beautiful sunset we watched last night. As I have said many times before, no artist can top the beauty our Heavenly Father provides for us if we just take the time to see it.
I don't know if I explained how fortunate we were to have Big Al do the repairs on our car this past month. When he gave us the estimate on all the damage I was overwhelmed because there was simply NO WAY I had that amount of money to pay him all at once. Because he is a friend of Pastor Ric's, he agreed to do the work and allow us to make payments on it until we paid it all. Yesterday we paid the balance to him. We feel very blessed that he would do the work and trust us not to "stiff him" on the bill. We knew we wouldn't do that, but he didn't know US at all, so he couldn't know that. Again, I don't know if I have already reported this, but it was Big Al that we took the car to when it had a terrible shimmy whenever we got on the freeway at speeds over 65. He drove it a few miles and told me to take it to Quality Tires because it needed the wheels balanced. Once that was done, it drives perfectly. We all know that some mechanics could have told us it needed something more expensive and taken advantage of us, but he is an honest, and honorable man. We thank Ric for taking us to him, and we thank Al for being the kind of man he is.
Life is good, here in the Land of Enchantment, as New Mexico is called. We do look forward to getting back to California to see family and friends, but we are truly grateful for all the people we have met here, and for all we have been able to do. I really think we had been pushing ourselves too much, and needed to slow down for a while. God always knows best, and we have learned to stop and listen when He speaks to us. We are enjoying attending the beautiful First Baptist Church in T or C while we are here. We are learning to count all of our blessings, even ones that may not be obvious at once. Someone once said each day is a gift, that's why it's called the present. Don't worry about the future because it's not here yet, and there is certainly no reason to worry about the past because you can't change what has happened. Live in the present and trust God that the future holds many blessings for you. Bye for now.