Why thank you for asking!
I've spent the last 2 weeks galavanting across the midwest, something like this:
Maryland to Marion, Indiana, to South Bend, Indiana, to Davenport, Iowa, to South Bend, Indiana, to Vermillion, Ohio, and back home again.
This amounted to 30 hours of driving time, 11 of which was just myself + 3 kiddos.
I give full credit to God for how well behaved the children were in the car for all of that. Really--- SO good.
I loved seeing (here we go!) Cindy, Amy, Jace & Will, (and Greg too), Cindy (aka Nina), Mike, Nick, Jason, Katie, Ron, Jill, Evan, Tiffany, Rachel & Anna, Betsy & kids, Beth, Wendy, Keith & Brit, IWU Admissions Staff, Integrity Automotive workers, Mom, Dad, Ericka (and baby!), Josh, Joel, Beth Ann, and finally SIMON!
(eek, hope I didn't miss someone).
Our trip included things like a dead van battery, which needed replaced and in the process of trying to jump it Christian locked the doors and the keys got stuck inside. Most of the strange stories present themselves at the end of my trip when I was driving home with the kids... I think that may just be a post all its' own.
Of course I had a super time catching up with friends. I was especially blessed by the wisdom and insight of several mentor-type friendships. Those are priceless.
Christian and Jace were especially buddy-buddy. I don't think either of them listened to their mamas the entire time they were together.
And getting all 5 of them to sit still in a picture was useless...
Thank you so much to Amy Tonagel for letting me bombard her home. And thanks to her mom for helping me make the drive out there!
I enjoyed every moment spent at my parents house. Confession: I didn't help wash a single dish or do any house cleaning while I was there-----sorry Mom! I was a little bit lazy, and also busy working on a fun design project. Check back in a few days to see what I did with this space:
It was great to watch the girls interact with my parents, as this is the first time they've really been old enough to be really playful.
We visited Notre Dame to see the cathedral. It had to be 200 degrees out.
We also trekked out to Iowa to visit my sister and her husband, who are expecting a baby boy in October! We had fun taking some maternity pictures (I'll share those soon too)(oh, okay, just one, not edited). This is Ericka. She's fun. And a great writer too.
Over the next week I want to share with you
- Children's Nook Design (I think you'll like this!)
- The Figge Art Museum
- Ericka's Maternity Pictures
- Journals of a Crazy Traveling Mama
Check back soon!