New Leaves


Dec 13, 2017 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2017

Welcome, all wonders in one night! Eternity shut in a span!

Summer in Winter! Day in Night! Heaven in Earth and God in Man!

Great little one whose all-embracing birth

Lifts Earth to Heaven, Stoops Heaven to Earth! – Richard Crenshaw

God has truly blessed us this year—a busy but very special year. . .


Sep 26, 2016 by Arthur

Mom graduates to Heaven

One thing is certain about life, there's always change that will come. No one except the Lord knows what one day will hold from another. 


Jul 13, 2016 by Bonnie

Is …there …anyone?

“Is anybody listening? I’m very concerned …”


May 26, 2016 by Arthur

Hiatus Extension

Just wanted to give an update on the previous Hiatus entry. Things have changed! Wow! Is that unusual? Well …


Jan 01, 2016 by Arthur

New Leaves Hiatus

Most every blog will take times of hiatus, which is, according to, "a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc." And, our New Leaves blog is entering into that kind of interruption now.


Dec 25, 2015 by Arthur

Christmas Blessing

One of the greatest announcements made to mankind was "Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."


Dec 20, 2015 by Arthur

Christmas Letter 2015

It hardly seems possible that another year has gone by. This brings us to almost three full years since retirement when our new adventures began.


Oct 15, 2015 by Arthur

TFC Homecoming 2015-

The native culture called Toccoa Falls “the beautiful.” It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, our alma mater, where we lived early in our marriage, in a mobile home park on the college grounds. After three wonderful years, in 1975, we both graduated from the college.


Oct 05, 2015 by Arthur

It’s Raining!

There have been those individuals who have asked us, when they hear about our van-trek, "What do you do when it rains?” I’d like to give an answer to that question for those who haven’t yet had it answered.


Jul 13, 2015 by Bonnie

Robbed but not Ruined

In our travels, we have found that the vast majority of the people we have met, including police officers, are pleasant, polite, interesting and helpful. For example, just now, as I was writing this, sitting in a lovely pavilion overlooking a lighthouse on Lake Michigan, a man and his dog “Rosie” stopped by to chat, while out for their morning walk. But in St. Louis, we met one person who was none of the above, and his actions have wounded, but not defeated us.


Dec 20, 2014 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2014

The Joyces have landed! Well, temporarily at least. After 21 months away from our house, we are now spending some time at home, which feels good. It seems very luxurious to have running water—HOT running water, an electric stove with four burners, a refrigerator that actually keeps things from spoiling, and central heat and air! We are living in the lap of luxury!


Nov 24, 2014 by Bonnie

Between the Seasons

Looking out my much-loved wall of family room windows, I see that most of the leaves are on the ground now. When we got home a week ago, there was still a lot of fall color, but it’s November. Soon winter will be here—we had a preview this week! I enjoy this view every day that I am home, no matter what the season or weather. Vivid fall color, crisp winter snows, budding spring greens, and even rainy, foggy days are highlights. But every day has its own beauty, even “in between” days like today.


Nov 08, 2014 by Arthur


We are now back in our home once again. It’s been about 21 months since we first started our Van Trek around the nation following my retirement. We haven’t been traveling every day of those 21 months, but we felt that it was time for us to take a little break and tend to our house for a while.


Aug 08, 2014 by Bonnie

Small World

When we were in the Everglades earlier this year, we enjoyed attending the ranger-led talks. At one of these, the ranger asked that each of us tell what state we were from. The lady next to me said that she was from Vermont, so afterward I asked her where in Vermont she called home. When she said “Calais,” I knew she was from my sister Dot’s neck of the woods.


Apr 16, 2014 by Arthur

Flowers and Rebellion

As we are enjoying the lovely spring-blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers along the way, on this leg of our trip, we are also reading in the book of Numbers in our Bible reading plan. Today we read the part where Aaron’s rod budded, and it reminded me of how God uses nature to show us Himself.