We went “home” for Christmas (to LaQuinta, that is)

If you’ve followed the latest in the DuBois family, you know we sold our home this summer (rather quickly) and moved into the LaQuinta hotel for a month while trying to figure out what in the world we were doing.  We soon bought my grandmother’s RV trailer, and we’ve been living in it ever since.

While still trying to figure out what in the world we’re doing.

With threats of high winds and tornadoes Christmas Eve, we decided to leave the RV and go back to LaQuinta for the night.

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I’m not sure why the flags are half-mast.  But, look at the wind!

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This Christmas tree in LaQuinta’s lobby was a bit larger than our Charlie Brown tree in the RV.

I tried to talk my husband and boys into sitting in front of it to open gifts.

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They didn’t like my idea.

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So, we opened gifts in the hotel room.


Yes, I bought my son a shirt supporting the right to bear arms.  We live in Texas.  We own firearms.  We take gun-safety courses.  And we support our Constitution.  Merry Christmas, y’all.

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Upon arrival at LaQuinta, we realized we’d forgotten the comforts our previous living conditions had offered.  In fact, we had complained while living in the hotel for the thirty days.

This time, we were ecstatic with our amenities.

Mom, a real bed!

Dad, a television!

I was simply thrilled to have a bathtub with unlimited hot water.

We have taken some common American luxuries for granted.

Living in the RV and traveling to Guatemala has opened our eyes.

We are so much more thankful for the simple.  For the conveniences we had available at our fingertips.

Automatic dishwasher.

Standard-sized kitchen appliances.

Washer and dryer.

Insulation in the walls and attic.

An attic.


Well, any kind of room, for that matter.

As my husband and I reflected this morning on the lessons we’re learning, we agreed God is refining our lives to bring us into greater agreement with His Word.

We’d never seen ourselves as wealthy nor as seekers of substance.

Yet in comparison with the Truth, we are catching glimpses of misaligned priorities.


Investing security in the wealth of this world.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and clothing let us be therewith content.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.  (1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19)

So often, we have friends or family offer their condolences to us.  Extending sympathy for what they perceive is a meager existence.

They don’t know our little secret.

Living in an 232 square foot abode has offered more opportunities than the largest home we’ve ever owned.

More chances to grow.

To find joy.

To develop contentment.

These decreased dimensions of our dwelling have enlarged the spiritual expanse of our existence.

7 thoughts on “We went “home” for Christmas (to LaQuinta, that is)”

  1. “…So often, we have friends or family offer their condolences to us…”

    Most of the time the Church chooses its leaders by looking at their successful pasts, but Jesus did not do that. He took twelve losers and saw what their futures could be if they walked with Him. His record was 91.5%, with Judas being the lone failure. If only we the Church would do the same, then America would be changed sooner rather than later.

    Leadership training is tough, and sometimes it’s done within the confines of 232 sq. ft..

  2. This makes me want to get an RV, Cristal. I really hear you. I think how only a hundred years ago my grandparents were born into a world with no appliances, no central heating, no tub with unlimited hot water. They went through the depression and the great war and they were strong and hardy and resolute. My generation was born into plenty and with expectations of ease, comfort and quick solutions to every problem. Generations after mine see such living as the norm. The truth is most of the world still lives like my grandparents. You are giving your boys a true gift.

    1. …”expectations of ease, comfort and quick solutions to every problem”…I agree, Dawn. I am guilty of becoming accustomed to our microwave, drive-thru, fast food society. I even get aggravated at our “slow” internet in the RV (which is fast compared to the dial-up we used to have). Going to Guatemala is such a blessing in that it reminds us we are not the worldwide norm. And there are people who are “strong and hardy and resolute” as your grandparents were. We could learn a lot from them. (And you can borrow our RV when God’s done refining us ;))

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