Sunday, August 30, 2015

Road Trip Day 7: Elyria, OH

Off we go on another all-American family road trip. 

Two parents
Two daughters
A big red dog
And a car full of suitcases, leashes, a cooler, bags of food, blankets, pillows, maps, books, extra sweatshirts, water bottles, bags, backpacks, and a whole slew of electronic devices and their chargers. 

Where are we going and what will we do when we get there? Keep reading!

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Today we celebrated the life of June Elaine Squire Streicher, a styling young lady who was also a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and my sweet mother-in-law. She is the reason we traveled all the miles on this road trip and I am thankful to be here, in the small Ohio town where she lived her long, lovely life. 

During the thirty-three years we shared, June showed nothing but respect and appreciation for the way I lived my life. She never offered advice, disapproved of me, or told me what to do. But through her wordless example, my mother-in-law reminded me over and over again about what matters in life, and her gentle, positive influence with be with me always. 

Work hard, be neat, and clean as you go. 
Don't take yourself too seriously. 
Put a home-cooked meal on the table for your family every day. 
Stand by your man. 
If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. 
Live frugally, but treat yourself to the occasional treasure. 
Manners matter. Be polite  
Never say no to an opportunity for travel 
Make the best of whatever you're given. 
Bake lots of pie. 
Worship, pray, read your bible, and thank God for all things. 

Distance covered today: 15 miles
Total trip so far: 2549 miles


  1. My mother-in-law, Joyce Squire Sampson, was wondering about a cousin she'd lost touch with. A Google search led me to your blog post. She enjoyed the picture of her cousin as a young woman and your words. All the best, Laura Sampson

    1. Laura, I want to hear more! Please reach out to me by email. My address is


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