After two great, busy, fun, full, and memorable weeks in Michigan, it was time to load the van, say goodbye, and hit the road for the long trip home.
The store was actually really cool. If we weren't in the midst of road trip, and if our van wasn't loaded to the brim, and if I wasn't with kids, I would have enjoyed the chance to shop and take my time looking. No, not for a new rifle or fishing rod, but maybe for new boots or fleece outwear. This place had it all!
I remember showing the boys a BB gun and explaining how it worked, when I suddenly realized Annalyse wasn't next to me anymore. No fears: she was pulling an Annie Oakley and heading into the Gun Library.
Saturday's car ride went well and relatively fast. The kids traveled well and we were all excited knowing we were staying the night with some friends in Ohio.
Some dear friends from college have four little ones and never batted an eye when we asked if we could crash with them for the night. Five kids under the age of nine? Sounds like a fun party!
And that, friends, that is how family fun times should be!
The Holt family has chosen to trust and obey and follow God in ways you and I will likely never have to. Seeing them do that, not just hearing about it, motivates me step up and live my life more intentionally and to make the most of what God allows in my life.
We left Ohio Sunday morning anticipating an eight hour drive until we were home sweet home! The operative word here is "anticipating." A blown tire on the side of the highway brought a whole new time frame into play.
The comical part, for me, was holding a screaming Annalyse because all she wanted was to run around, and trying to jam yogurt in her mouth to pacify her and keep her happy. Is there another mother out there who dreams of feeding her one year old brunch on the side of the highway while trying to keep an eye on two active boys? Oh the joy of memories.
After our unanticipated delay, we were back in the van and cruising through the mountains. Things started to look up rather quickly. The temp was warm and the sky was blue. No doubt about it: we were heading south!