Friday, July 23, 2010

Coffee Talk 7.23.10

Good Morning, Ladies! Come on in and grab a bottle of water or perhaps a can of V8. I broke my blender so I can't offer you a green smoothie...but my MIL gave me some money for my birthday, so I hope to have a replacement soon.

Although it has only been a couple of weeks, I feel totally out of touch...I am so excited to make the rounds and see what everyone is up to. This week has been a week of resting and catching up.

We had an AMAZING trip to Idaho. I was finally able to see my family, some of whom I haven't seen in 5 years...that is just too long! We were lucky enough to hear my mom and dad and a team from their church talk about their mission trip to Belize. Probably what touched my heart the most was hearing about a little state run orphanage. The conditions there were AWFUL and my heart just breaks for those little children. I do not know the name of the orphanage or anything about it, but it is in my prayers every day, I wish that I could go and take over and just love on those sweet babies and tell them about Jesus.

We then got to go to Jerome and see my grandmother and several aunts, uncles and was so great and I will absolutely NEVER let it be so long between visits again. Then we went to Boise where my kids got to hang with their cousins for 2 1/2 days. They had so much fun. If you have read long, you will know that it was after my sister's visit here last year that I had a hormonal pre-teen boy who moped around the house for a week in depression because we couldn't pack up and move to his cousins...he even got online and found his daddy a job as a bi- lingual translator for AT&T...unfortunately, Tigerfan is NOT bi-lingual. The kids were pretty sad about leaving again and we have heard the words, "If we were in Boise..." countless times since we left. FB has even informed us that he is praying daily for that to happen!

The drive home was a little tough because we chose not to reserve hotels beforehand. The reasoning was that we could just drive as far as we felt comfortable with and then stop. That worked really well for us...for awhile. Unfortunately, after day 1 of the return trip, we spent the night in Laramie, WY. We got up and headed out, drove to Independence, MO, ate supper and decided we could drive a little further. So, we did...our goal was Columbia, MO. We began calling for Hotels and there were none. In fact we called, and called, and called and finally were told that there were no hotels ANYWHERE until you got on the other side of St. Louis! By the time we had gone that far, it was about 3:00 a.m. and we were only a few hours from home so we decided to go the whole way. In 21 hours, we drove 1,179 miles...I don't recommend it!

The trip was TOTALLY worth it. We had such a good time and in the next few weeks I hope to share with you some of the things that God has been teaching me. He is alive and working and has great things for us. For now...I have to get out of denial because, despite the fact that we normally start school the beginning of August, I have not only not ordered curriculum, I haven't even decided what we are going to use. I think I am waiting for a flashing sign from above and a few thousand dollars to fall from the clouds to make my decisions clear and affordable! I don't think that its going to happen..because I have totally been watching!

Well, I must go feed breakfast to the masses...I look forward to visiting this weekend...don't forget to check out Home Sanctuary for more Coffee Talk!


Ashley said...

Glad you had a great trip! I can't imagine driving that far in 21 hours... especially w/ my little ones. Wow! Hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Erin said...

Glad you enjoyed the your trip, and safe travels. Oh my, 21 hours. We split our 12 hour trip to Canada into two days, that much car time would not be good for any of us.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That is a long trip! I can not imagine.

Hope you have a great day today!

Riggers said...

Wow! That's a trip and a half!
I once drove that far....... but in twice as many hours, and I only had a friend for company, not all the family :-)

Glad you're back safe and sound, even if the kids are missing their cousins!

Rachel Anne said...

Well, there is something to be said for driving while all the kids are asleep :) A little quieter perhaps? A few less questions like "when are we going to get there?"

But any way you slice it, that's a lot of driving! I've visited friends in the Boise area once and thought it was a great place. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and made some good memories.

Now you can recover from your vacation....

Jen said...

I cannot possibly imagine driving that far in one day -- kudos to you for sticking it out and being positive about it!

BTW, I love the "I'm me" comment from your little one. Too cute!

Lea said...

Oh, me, I cannot imagine driving that far in one day's time, but we certainly did it when were ya'lls age. :o) So glad ya'll had such a great family visit. And, glad you're back with us Company Girls! Hugs!

Steph said...

So glad you got to spend some time with your family. My husband and I went on a roud trip out west in June, and we drove over 900 miles our first day. Was not easy. Glad you are home safely.

Katharine said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit! I know that "missing family" feeling!We'll be visiting ours soon! Blessings onyour day!

Anonymous said...

But the jellyfish was the best part! Melody tried it for the first time and liked it. It is an acquired taste though. A bit slimy. =p

Sounds like a fabulous time with your family! Most of our relatives are close by so we're lucky to see them every so often, but definitely worth the road trip to catch up if not. What an adventure! We are taking about a cross country road trip maybe within the next 10-15 years. And that photo! You kids are darling!!

Good luck with the planning for the next school year.

dawn said...

Family time really is priceless...we just had some too after 2.5 years. I need to remember to treasure the time with family I have in town too--what a privilege to live near my one sister and parents--even thought I miss everyone else.

And is there a greater joy then seeing cousins love each other??

Alicia said...

I'm glad you had a great trip! Love the picture. :)

Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

Hey girl. I almost didn't recognize the kids in that pic. They look so big there. Meant to find you last night, but things got busy. Any updates to our conversation from Wed? I'd love to sit down & chat with you again. It was fun even with the distractions from Miss Priss. I miss the adult conversation. ;0)
Have a great week. Talk to you later friend.