The Tuggles

Episode 7: The Telling

November 14, 2017
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Quitting

He placed the last few glasses inside the cupboard and pushed it shut as the back door opened. Lynn shuffled across the threshold and headed towards him into the kitchen.

“Afternoon, sweetheart,” Tim chirped with a soft smile. She set her purse on the counter.

“I did it,” she declared.

“You did what?” Tim asked as he reached down to close the dishwasher.

“I put in my two weeks’ notice.”

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Episode 6: The Calling

November 13, 2017
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Tim defiantly punched the “off” button and flippantly tossed the remote control onto the coffee table. Arms folded across his chest, he scowled at the blank television screen. “Worthless,” he grunted to himself. The front door swung open and Lynn walked in. Their eyes locked and she lingered in the doorway for a moment. “I am sick and tired of this country’s sorry excuse for media,” he spouted.

“So happy to see you, too, sweetheart,” she responded without skipping a beat. She headed through the living room and into the kitchen, setting her bags on the counter.

“The propaganda of the news media disgusts me to my core. This government’s administration is just unbelievable. I know it shouldn’t make me this angry, but it does and I can’t help it. Gets worse all the time.” A moment later Lynn reappeared in the doorway. “Sweetheart, you can help it, though.” Her gaze penetrated his dejection. “You can pray.”

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Episode 5: The Favor

November 8, 2017
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The February snow flurries were turning into thick flakes as we pulled the truck and trailer underneath the gas station overhead covering. We were passing through Missouri on our way to Illinois, and the sky was already dark even though the evening hour had barely set in.

Lynn returned from the bathroom and climbed into the truck’s passenger seat.

“I’m buying dinner!” a woman announced outside the truck. “You tell him I’m buying dinner!” I looked out my backseat window to see a woman with dark, wavy hair and a fluffy winter headband standing next to Tim by the gas pump, pointing her finger inside at Lynn across the seats with determination and intensity in her tone. It sounded more like a scolding than a generous offer.

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Episode 4: The Hitchhiker

November 6, 2017
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It was early on a Wednesday morning and the crisp December cold was bitter. The loud rumble of the Dodge pickup’s diesel motor droned a vibration all the way down my legs in the back of the truck’s cab. Tim moved his foot to the gas pedal as the traffic light turned green and we began to accelerate down the North Carolina highway. I took a swig of my piping hot coffee as the truck abruptly moved into the left lane and slowed as Tim clicked the turn signal.

“You picking her up?” Lynn asked. I craned my neck to see who she referred to and saw a young woman walking down the side of the road the opposite direction.

“Yep,” Tim said.

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Episode 3: The Ministry

November 4, 2017

A few days after that historical Sunday, I nervously wrote to Tim and Lynn. Reluctant to wholly accept the calling God had placed on me and secretly hoping they would shoot it down, Tim called. I paced in my kitchen as he spoke of the previous times they had someone join them for a short period.

“I always learn so much when someone is traveling with us,” he said.

“From the first time I met you,” I began, “I knew God’s power was resting on you in a way I had never personally witnessed. I know that if I come with you and Lynn,” I paused a brief second, still anxious to fully commit, “I want to come under the covering of your ministry and learn from your relationship with God.”

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Episode 2: The Bathroom

November 1, 2017

It was a humid Sunday morning on July 4th weekend and I had an extra bounce in my step walking through the church doors. Today I would see Tim and Lynn Tuggle again. After almost two years since we first met, I had diligently followed their cross-country trek on Facebook and excitedly celebrated with them long distance when they completed their journey a couple of months prior. Now they were joining us again in Indiana to share more of their incredible stories, this time with our whole congregation.

Finishing up sound checks with the worship team, I heard the front doors of the church open and fall shut, followed by my mother’s friendly greeting voice. Looking over, I saw my mom introducing my older sister to Lynn and I headed to the back of the room. As I walked up, I caught Lynn’s eye and she turned to Momma and said, “Now this one I remember.”

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Episode 1: The Funeral

October 30, 2017

I shook the powdered creamer over my steaming Styrofoam cup of coffee and smacked a packet of sweetener against my fingers. Pouring it in, I grabbed a napkin and began wiping up a few stray drops off the funeral home’s kitchen counter. It was the morning of October 3, 2012 and my Aunt Pat’s funeral was about to begin. As I tossed the shreds of pink paper into the trash, my mom appeared next to me with a twinkle in her eye.

“Christie, you need to come talk to this couple over here,” she said in a low tone with excitement in her voice. “They are traveling across the country on horseback.”

I stopped mid-wipe and looked up at her gleaming eyes.

“What?” I asked, incredulous. “Are you serious? On horseback?”

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Spinning and Remembering

October 27, 2017

Remember that time in your life when everything happened exactly like you thought it would?

Yeah, me neither.

Remember that time you were reading a blog that you hadn’t seen in two years?

That’s now.

Hi, my name is Christie and this is the website I created when I traveled across the country three years ago. I thought it would be a good idea to re-introduce myself since you probably forgot you even subscribed to my blog.

To some of you, I am the third wheel that traveled with Tim and Lynn Tuggle on their most recent escapade across the country ending in Spring of 2015. For those who have never read a single post on my website, perhaps you should start here and here in order for the rest of this to make any sense. The gap between my last post and now has held virtually every possibility you could imagine, and then some that you couldn’t. Before I dive into the ultimate reason for this post, I want to tell you a brief story.

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Keep Me Young, South Dakota

December 19, 2015

If you want an uneventful life, don’t hang out with the Tuggles.

As Tim drove Lynn and me up the side of a snowy hilltop in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a drop-off to our lefthand side and I insecurely bounced around on the middle console of this old beater truck, I found myself saying to them, “You two keep me young.” While simultaneously praying that that wouldn’t turn into “You two kill me young.”

I tell you what, buddy, I’ve wondered most every day since Monday if I was about to be seeing the Lord’s face. From getting stranded due to a snowstorm after 20 hours of travel, to a solo sleepover in a random town hotel, to rescuing fellow snowstorm victims out of ditches along the interstate, to closing my eyes on that console with sweaty palms, I think I’ve met my quota for heart-pounding circumstances for 2015. Tim and Lynn will send you out with a bang.

But no “yes” that we say to Jesus is void of eventfulness, and I wouldn’t trade this crazy life I lead for any other. In a few months, Lord willing, we’ll have a book in our hands and I will put the most adventurous season of my life thus far on the shelves.

Until then, I’ll just try to stay young and not dead.

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Nuggets

August 20, 2015

Who knew it would be more difficult to write a blog after arriving back home?

Over four months have passed since my return home from traveling, and life is unique and interesting. Major realization: Writing a book is nothing like writing a blog post.

Here are some nuggets of wisdom I’ve gathered four months later:

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