Being as we had all that car trouble we were driving with a purpose!! We were supposed to be at Rett’s by afternoon, but we didn’t get there till midnight. So my man was driven!! We did take turns driving and I would sleep some, and he would sleep some.
The famous arch…..ummmm, not sure what the significance of it is, but hey, it makes for a sweet photo…..With over 900 miles in just one day, and a total of 2146 one way (because we had to turn around and go get the rental) – that’s lots of driving and really, all the kids did great! (Yeah, I know Abi – it’s blurry…hey, I’m not a professional – I can’t help it.) Elijah has started this thing….when I go to take a picture he shuts his eyes and grins…..kind of funny….We stopped for some Starbucks and found a Papa John’s deal – $5.00 pizza! Oh yeah! The kids liked the sign to play under as much as they liked the pizza….
We got to Rett’s home….crashed….and then Sarah and family came over in the morning….so fun to meet sweet bloggy friends in person!!
The kids loved playing together…and the balls were a total hit! (literally)
Rett suggested we take the harmonica with us – ummm, how thoughtful of her, but we declined!! Then we had the privilege of going through Columbus where Josh’s parents, Shelley & Rand live. This was, no doubt, pre-planned by the Lord, since it had only been less than 2 weeks! As I mentioned before, that day we spent with them as the searchers searched we developed an extra special tight bond…..as only walking through a tragedy together can do. They were thrilled that we were ‘swinging by’. Here is a barn (or maybe it’s a house, I actually forgot to ask) in their neighborhood…..gorgeous!!Shelley and I…..we are friends for life. Shelley & Rand loved meeting our kids that were with us. Tears are never far away, although they smile and have fun too. We had lunch together at their home and the kids played and the four of us adults sat in their family room and talked about that day, Josh, their kids, etc. They showed us the cards many of you had sent. We cried together. We talked about what they are feeling and eventually we knelt together and prayed for a long while. They ask for your continued prayers as they continue to process the loss of Josh and all that that means. And as far as the special request I shared a few days ago….please keep praying!!!! I will keep you posted – promise!! =)Rand wanted a picture of all of us together…..now you have to peak….do you see the dog that Rand is holding? Liberty is holding Nelly. But Rand is holding Baxter (Josh’s dog)….well let me tell you…Nelly Belly and Baxter were fast friends….they ran throughout their house the entire time. And unbeknownst to me, Baxter has not been neutered yet….and due to the fire Nelly had not been spayed yet. Well the kids said that the two dogs had been…ummm, you know….yeah, uh-huh. So who knows….maybe little Bax/Nel pups will be running around one day. LOL…..And after we left their house…..here is what Nelly did for hours…..for real – she did not even move….poor girl was plum-tuckered out by that Baxter guy….