Here are some questions that are common, and maybe not so common...

Question:

When did you leave?

Answer:

September 11th, 2011

Question:

Where are you from?

Answer:

West Branch, Michigan

Question:

Why did you take the dog (AKA Tae)?

Answer:

3 reasons; 1. For protection; 2. For companionship (He makes a great pillow or heater in the tent!); 3. For comic relief!

Question:

Where do you stay at night?

Answer:

Anywhere we can find food and water for the horses! We have spent a night or two on the side of the road, sometimes at churches, fairgrounds, and sometimes people are able to offer up their houses if they have enough grass or hay for the horses.

Question:

How long will this trip take?

Answer:

As long as the Lord has planned! But we hope to get down to Texas before March!

Question:

Why did you pick Houston, Texas?

Answer:

Houston, Texas is where the home church of Beth Moore is, and the girls would like to have church service with her church family. They would be thrilled to meet her, but if not, that's okay.

Question:

Why are you doing this?

Answer:

We're crazy. Yep. But also, because the Lord asked us to, and He has blessed and continued to supply all our needs even beyond our what we ever thought! He gave us an amazing herd and that was given to be shared, and so we will go where He asks us to go and do as He asks us to do. And it sure is an adventure! When God asks you to do something, you can be sure He will provide for it and see it through to completion!

Question:

What do the horses eat?

Answer:

Mostly grass. We graze them as much as possible on the trail, and when we look for a campsite we look for enought grass for the horses to eat throughout the night.  

Question:

How do you water the horses?

Answer:

We carry collapsable water buckets and stop about every 3 hours while we are riding to water the horses. We stop at stores, gas stations, houses, and if needed we will pull water from a moving stream or river. Our campsite must also have a nearby water source safe for the horses to drink from. The girls take turns during the night to check on the horses and offer them a drink of water.

Question:

How often do the horses need to have their shoes reset?

Answer:

Horses need to be trimmed or have their shoes reset every 6- 8 weeks.

Question:

Does Tae ever ride on one of the horses?

Answer:

We have tried, and he doesn't like it. You may not think so, but he loves to walk alongside. He sees it as his job to keep the horses in line and will take up the position in the front of the string or drop behind to make sure everyone stays where they belong. He has the most energy and is constantly switching position! We keep an eye on his pads and carry special lotion for them if needed. So far, Tae has been the easiest animal to care for! 

Question:

Do you ever get homesick?  

Answer:

Yes! Brandy does more than Ashley. They stay in contact with family and friends, and they have met so many wonderful people on the trail that it helps them stay focused on the trip. But there are times when they miss their family and friends that they haven't seen since their departure. Charlie Betz has been a great blessing and is planning on visiting the girls when they make it to Mississippi. That is something they are looking forward to!

Question:

What Bible verse do you rely on the most through this trip?

Answer:

Brandy: Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." 

Ashley: Romans 5:3-5 "Not only so but we also rejoice in our sufferings, for we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not dissappoint because God's love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom He has given us."

 Question:

Do you girls have boyfriends?

Answer:

No. We believe and know that the Lord has a plan for our life that is for our good and His glory, and if that includes us getting married then He has the perfect partner and life friend for us. We trust His wisdom and timing, and if it is truly good then it will come at the perfect time when we and our men are ready to work together. If not, then the Lord is good ("And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." ~ Romans 8:28) and supplies all our needs according to His glorious riches ("And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."~ Philippians 4:19) and is strong enough to carry us and gives us enough grace to make it through today ("But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”~ 1 Corinthians 12:9a). And someday we will get to be with our Lord and King forever and He will give us the biggest, most loving hug and embrace that nothing could ever compare to! How sweet He is!

Question:

What did your parents think when you told them you were doing this?

Answer:

Well...

At first they had a hard time comprehending the idea and asked us about 120 questions. After hearing our answers, and knowing our habits of seeking adventure, they were a little more at ease with the idea but our mom still had the motherly instinct kicking in, so we call her everyday and keep her up to date on everything. Once our parents saw how the Lord was providing and taking care of us they relaxed and became just as excited as we are for the adventure.