This past weekend, we had a mini-family reunion at my brother's house in Ohio. My oldest brother, Kel, and his family have been missionaries in Brazil for 15-16 years. They are returning to the field on August 13th so we worked to get as many of us together for one last time before they leave. This time they will be gone for two years.
If you know me at all, you will laugh at this first part. The plan was to leave on Thursday after my husband got home from work. I figured I could have the truck loaded and we would be on the road by 4:30. Well, I am SO organized that I was 100% disorganized this time around :-/ I don't know if it was the fact that we just returned from camping or the heat or if I really thought I was wonder woman but I did not start doing anything until Thursday morning. The boys and I took the dog to the kennel, waited for my in-laws to drop off their cat (we are cat sitting), and went to the grocery store all before lunch. After lunch, I had to bake cupcakes, make some other food, do laundry, back, make sure the cats all had food/water, load the truck, and take shower due to sweating like mad. Well, we walked out the door at 5:00 and left the house a mess (I had planned to clean too!!), stopped and grabbed dinner to eat in the truck and finally made it really on the road at about 5:30. The trip was great - it is an easy 4 hour drive and other then a semi-truck blowing a tire just as I came up along side of him (gave us all a heart attack!) we had a fun trip, arriving at my brothers around 9:30.
Here are photos and the story from our trip.
I did not take any photos on Saturday - I had really wanted to get some family/group shots but sometimes things just don't work. Instead we had breakfast (my brother made Pancakes and Sausage) and then it was time for my parents to load up - they took our boys home with them. Then we loaded up as did my other brother. Once we were all loaded, came the good byes. It's always hard to say good bye to my brother and sister-in-law as they return to the field because we know we won't see them for 2 years. This time they are taking only one of their four kids back with them, my nephew Micah, as the rest of the kids have graduated from high school. We will miss them alot while they are gone!
Our trip home was uneventful but we did laugh because . . .it was a four hour drive and we stopped 3 times HA! First we stopped for gas, then about an hour later we stopped for lunch, and then about an hour later we stopped for coffee (and maybe a donut but I'll never tell!!). Our lunch was awesome. You may remember that back when we vacationed in Toledo, we ate at Tony Packo's and really loved it. It just so happened that I saw a Tony Packo's sign on one of those food signs before an exit so we jumped off and went there to eat. It was just as good this time. We did try deep fried pickles - ummmm not a fan at all. The rest of the food was great though!
That was our trip in a nutshell :-)