Thursday, November 24, 2011


 Twas an intresting day, this first Thanksgiving in New Mexico...  Work today was very calm and peaceful, a few people needing table cloth covers but that was all.  At least, having to work I dont have be there for the Black Friday maddness.  As I was there so early, I bought myself a beautiful train pocket watch, as my eagle one has died... Needed it to keep track of time for lunch and brakes.  They had a feast for us at work, the whole works, but I did not pig out, as Robby promised a feast at home too...

I got home from my 60 plus mile journey to work and back, and delightful smells greeted me at the door.  Robby had me take a long hot bath, as the eve is cold, and put on fresh clothing.  In the mean time, he put finishing touches on our feast...  I am so proud of him.  He really out did himself!

I am so thankful for being here in Dine Bikeyah,  our warm home,  Robby, our friends, and most of all my Savior, Iosa (Jesus)!  Thanksgiving blessings to all!

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Journey to Thoreau...

We did not expect the turn of events that has lead us to Thoreau, NM.  We had planned to live in Flagstaff for 4 years, finish up training at IBC.  Funding did not permit that, nor did lack of jobs or housing.  Then after our summer at BABR, a friend invited us to visit their church in Thoreua, NM.  After years of traveling, we found a home church, a place we fit in... and that is not an easy feet.

After a few weeks attending church, we found a place to live.  We call it Casa Rosa or Desert Kildare, depending on the day.  LOL.  We are at rest at last.  Thoreau is a wonderful little town.  4 schools: three public ones, and one catholic.  One mom and pop grocery story.  2 gas stations.  A community center with computer lab and trying to start a library.  Until then there is a book mobile.  We also have a Family Dollar, senior center, and chapter house.  Oh, yes, and a skate park...

We can see the Red Rock mountains and our church from our back yard.  It is so much, and I am still in shock.  A family, a home, and we have not been here that long... I hope we dont have to leave... or if we do... that we can come back.  ^_^

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aidan an Lindisfarne

"He cultivated peace and love, purity and humility; he was above anger and greed, and despised pride and conceit; he set himself to keep and teach the laws of God, and was diligent in study and in prayer...I greatly admire all these things about Aidan." ~ The Venerable Bede

Aidan an Lindisfarne lived in the years 600 to 651AD in Ireland and then in Northubria.  He was first a monk on the Isle of Iona, and devoted himself greatly to pray and studying of word.  After a failed attempt by another missionary to reach the Northubrian Anglos, Aidan pointed out respectfully some ways ministry could be done among the Northubrians, and thusly he was sent as a missionary among them.

Aidan loved to talk to the unsaved among the Anglos about Jesus.  He would not ride a horse, because it deprived him of opportunities to witness about Christ while he traveled.  It was easier to talk to people, he thought, when you were on their level.   Later on, King Oswin of the Anglos of Northumbria gave Aidan an expensive horse thinking it would in rich the life of the ageing missionary.  Aidan had not ridden very far before he gave the horse away to a poor person.  King Oswin became angry with Aidan for doing this.  Aidan asked Oswin if a horse was more important to him than one for whom Christ had died.  King Oswin, who was a Christian, repented and asked Aidan's forgiveness.

In 635 A.D. Aidan founded the monastery on Lindisfarne.  From here he preached to and brought Christ to the Anglos of Northumbria.  It is from this word Anglos we get the modern word English.  He was a man of leadership and yet great humility, and often is an inspiration to me in my walk with Christ.

Normally on this day, August 31st, I send cards to people who are in some place of leadership or doing missions work, as a way of encouraging them, much as Aidan an Lindisfarne would have done.  This is a way I can encorage others, no matter where on the journey I am...

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Move....

After much prayer and considering, my husband and I are moving... to Gallup, New Mexico.

What about college some might ask?  We finnished our first year, and mayhaps that was all we were suppose to be there for.  But every door closed for us to go back for this year, so we take that as the answer.  There are many dores open for us, which one to walk through in the few years in the question...

~ Traveller Gal, out! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Crazy Summer

Here we are at Broken Arrow Bible Ranch for the Summer.  I am busy hunting for a job, and planing on a week long trip to Kansas to visit friends and family come July.  Still no new funds for rent.  It is not easy... feeling like I am not doing anything to help.  We were able to babyset over the weekend, and that is what paid the phone bill.  Praise God for that.

Robby is busy this week at BABR with his campers, they are such cute little guys ranging in age from 8 to 12.  I am helpin' with the worship team on there are no job places open of the eve anyway.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Bike, "Gypsy"!

Joy of joys!  I was blessed today to be able to add a bicycle back into my life.  She is blue and silver, and I have dubbed her "Gypsy", as it seams the truck, "Gypsy Dakota" might not be with us long.  At last I can ride about as in the old days... I can fly on my wheels and feel the wind in my face.   Truly, having a bike to get around even for short rides keeps me from going crazy.  I dont feel so trapped.  Sure walking is cool, but riding "Gypsy" is better!

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day Without Shoes

Yesterday, was international day with out shoes.  Some of us here at college went all day without shoes.  From day light to sunset, I walked everywhere shoe less, even acrossed the sharp red lava rocks that make up our drive way and the parking at college.  It was hard!  And here I am someone that goes barefoot every chance I get....  My feet were killing me by the end of the day... but I did not give up and did it.

Why would a nice American woman do this for a whole day?  Because there are 100's of  Millions of Children around the world at risk of injury, infections, and sole transmitted diseases that they cant afford to treat.  Why?  Because they cannot even afford a simple pair of shoes!  I don't have a lot of money, and live below poverty level myself.  But I can do this to raise awareness for these children.

But Jesus said,  "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." - Matt. 19:14

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Week of Travels

What a week it has been, traveling all over the eastern side of the Navajo Reservation.  From Kinilidi (Flagstaff) to Naʼnízhoozhí (Gallup), up to   Shiprock then  Chinle and Window Rock, what a trip!  Most of the time I was sleeping on a hard floor or an old sofa bed with the springs poking out, but sharing at churches and seeing the young people and adults getting excited about what they can do to help.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Naʼnízhoozhí, as we call it in Dine, was founded in 1881 as a railhead camp, and called Gallup after David Gallup, the paymaster of the railroad.  It is surounded by Native lands, both Dine and Ashiwi, and has long been a center of trade.

Located on the famed Route 66 and infamous Route 666, which was recently renamed Route 491.  Naʼnízhoozhí is home to al ot of Native American shops, one of the largest flee markets consisting of mostly Native American arts and crafts, and many outreaches to Native American.  This  week,  Robby and I, along with many of our fellow students will be in Naʼnízhoozhí on our college missions trip.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Home for the summer...

Here I am, about to reach the first day of spring, and we have just learned that unless God changes things we will not be traveling back east this summer.  With the rising cost of gas, and with having to fix the truck, we are stuck for the summer.  Robby most likely will work at BABR for the summer, and I will seek a job of some sort... to save for next school year and future support trips.   May haps we can met family in Tucumcarrie, NM over thanksgiving.  Yet, what ever why and when ever we get back home... God is with us and we will continue to serve Him.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

To be a Christian...what does that look like?

When you think of the word Christian?
  • Do you think of people who sit in a church, keep the pews warm, and look down their noses at anyone who does not live up to their standards?
  • Do you think of someone who embraces a lifestyle dedicated to intimacy in and with the Father, provoking extreme obedience, manifesting in radical stewardship, here "...on earth as it is in heaven."?

This is something I have been wrestling with for a long time. I first went to the missions field when I was just 15, and served in Chihuahua, Mexico for two weeks. The scriptures that came to my heart then, and have not left me were Luke 9:3 "And He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics." and the Rich Young Ruler from Luke 18:18-30, and Acts 2:44-47 "And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."

What do those mean? I know that that is how the early church was, and that Jesus was giving instructions to his disciples. But for me, now for 13 years, these have been the scriptures weighing heavy on my heart. By 19, I was was ministering among the subcultures. I had no drivers license, worked odd and end jobs, as long as they would keep me, and giving from the little I had to those in need. That summer to winter, I lost 5 friends, three to car and motor cycle accidents. Depression and PTSD from that and another event my 20th year, became my closest friends. I had bought a house when I was 24, to fix up and become a safe haven for at risk youth... but lost it 6 months later due both my house mate and I glossing our jobs. On the bright side, I gained a husband out of it, for a friend had come to help, and we grew to love each other..something neither of us were looking for.

Robby and I have never owned our own place. In fact, now 3 years married....our largest place is our small 1 bedroom apartment here at college where we have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, dinning room, and kitchen of our own. Normally, we have had only a bedroom and bathroom, and we have never been unhappy with either little or much. We were married just as the economy fell apart, and jobs have not been easy to come by. We have lived in 8 states since we were married, and traveled to many more, some for jobs, some for ministry. At 26, I finally got my drivers license and a truck. A year later, Dad and I swapped trucks... my 1984 F-150 for his 1997 Dodge Dakota, and Robby and I headed out to Dine Bikeyah as missionaries to them.

Now here I sit, 9 months later, wondering still... how is this suppose to look? Which type of Christian am I: one they hate or one who draws others closer to Him? I am still not sure, and the search continues.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

No Battery and Coming Rain...

Last summer, I traded my beloved 1984 Ford F-150, Tsalagi, with my Dad, for his 1997 Dodge Dakota called "Gypsy Dakota".  Thursday, I went out to pick up food for our weekend trip to Toh Di'neesh Zhee (Kayenta), but "Gypsy Dakota" would not start.  I checked the connections, but they were tight.  I jumped her, but she did not jump.  So now, we have to get a ride in to the shop and prayerfully, they honor the warranty, and trade us batteries.

The truck being down, has us walking about town more, and for the first time in our 9 months here, I am beginning to feel like I am beginning to know our neighborhood.  We live in Sunnyside, which is in east Flagstaff . We are just a few blocks from our grocery store, a short walk to the barber, a long walk to the indoor Farmer's Market, and long walk to walmart.  Even more fun though, we are a short walk to Big Lots.   Soon, I will go hunting for parks, so we can spend more time outside.  I am looking for seeds for our garden, and trusting the spring rain that is coming will melt the snow on the raised beds.

How I long at this time of year, that I had a good bicycle.  My last bike, "Meg" *la sigh*, had to be left in Chicago when we moved.  I so miss the wind in my face and the puddles splashing under my wheels.  That, and with the cost of gas these days, I could sure save alot...  May haps I need to be looking for a new bike for my travels?

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, March 4, 2011


Called Shikaakwa, meaning wild onions, by the Mihtohseeniaki and Illiniwek, but it became known as Chicago, a mispronunciation of the original name for the place.   Based on Lake Michigan, it has always been a natural port location, and remains such to this day.  After the devastation of the Chicago Fire of 1871, the city rebuilt to become now in 2011 the third largest city in the USA.

In my journeys, my husband and I settled for 14 months in Chicago, doing inter-city and homeless ministry.  We dwelt in an old 1920's hotel in Uptown Chicago, and were a short walk from Graceland and Saint Boniface Cemeteries.   It is well worth touring on foot the cemeteries, to see up close and personal the lasting monuments of Chicago's history and periods of architecture.  If shopping is your thing, check out the Unique and Salvation Army thrift stores and the shops of Little Thailand, Little India, and Chinatown.  Lakeshore's bike paths are a joy, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free, is a blast, but for two travelers with a heart left in Dine Bikeyah, Shikaakwa is no place to stay for long.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, February 25, 2011


Called Kinlinidi, meaning many homes, by the Dine, but the pioneers called it Flagstaff after the make shift flag staff they made out of a tall tree in 1876.  Nested in the remains of a ancient volcano at a height of nearly 7,000 feet, a tent city was formed in 1881, and by the coming of the railroad in 1882, it was officially a town called Flagstaff. 

It is this dreamy little mountain town is where I have settled down for a time, as my husband attends college here.  Flagstaff is the home of NAU, as well as some small private colleges, like the one where my husband attends.  I love going downtown and shopping at all the unique shops, with bicycle shops and camping stores everywhere around town, and about as many antique shops to explore, I adore this town!

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Here I sit in the scared mountains surrounding Kinlinidi.  I have been snowed in all weekend, with over two feet of snow, and a horrid cold on top of that.  Ahh, such is the life of a steam gypsy.  Soon a friend should be able to rescue me and I can get out to get cold meds at last.  Ran out prior to the roads being good enough to get out.

I have been settled for nearly 8 months now, not traveling more that a weekends trip from home.  I am getting restless.  Even when I was a child, we traveled more than this.  But it looks like I might just get to graduate with my certificate this May, at least that is the goal.  Then some travel this summer, a job, and saving up for more traveling.  ^_^  With what my journey-task is, this should not be a surprise.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Monday, February 21, 2011

What is this about?

I am a wanderer, modern gypsy of sorts.  I am a traveller, a follower of Jesus, and a missionary.  This blog is to tell the story of those travels, adventures, sorrows and joys from my honest view points.  I will also tell the history of areas, and many times use the local tribal names for locations within my blogs.  Photos, culture, and history for me is a given.  Also, great online shops, thrift stores and antique stores might find their way on to here, not because they ask me to, but because I adore them or something I found at them.

If you have any ideas or subjects you would like to see me post on, feel free comment here.

~ Traveller Gal, out! 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

New Journey...

It seems that before me is a new journey, with new places and new faces to see and meet.  Kayenta, Deennihotso, Tuba City, Flagstaff, Gallup, Window Rock, Ft. Definace, and so many more... and that is just in Dine Bikeyah.  While my beloved commits himself to the training of the youth, shall I commit myself to raising awareness of the needs of natives in ministry?  What good will it be to train the youth, if all they can do once trained is sit and warm a pew?  Things have got to change... 

Traveller Gal, out!