the second part of our travels brought us up to Vermont. actually mama took a detour and went to see Sarah for a day in Connecticut, and then they both came up to Vermont. Michelle had a grand time seeing Sarah’s place and relaxing and enjoying time together. so my sister Lori and I drove the kids up the last leg of the trip, and my parents drove up too.
it’s hard to remember details because the days run together when we’re up there. swimming, fishing, boating, running around in the grass, eating meals on the deck or under the trees, spending time with extended family – all of these things are quite ingrained in me, and it was another good year for all of it. actually I do remember it being quite hot at first, and then a little to rainy toward the end, but as a whole, it was pretty much just like the last 5 decades or so our family has been there.
I think the best part for me was just running and rolling around in the grass with the kids. the sun would be on its way down toward the mountains on the far side of the lake, so the shadows of the birch trees would spread out large on the green, and we’d run around and be silly together. its such a simple pleasure. I think the kids favorite part was swimming. as Caleb gained confidence he had more and more fun jumping off the little platform and swimming around a bit. Alice also loved jumping in and being thrown around. she’s pretty fearless about such things.
after about a week of having my parents with us, we had another week with just us. more of the same type of good times, but a little more family time, which is what we all needed after 2 crazy months of overtime at work. while the kids napped I took the opportunity to play some music under the trees, which was really enjoyable. on the rainy days we went into the big city, once just to spend time downtown, and once to go see my cousin’s new baby.
while grandma’s little cottage is home-away-from-home, it’s always nice to get back to “normal” life. especially with all the rain, we were ready to head home. we weren’t quite sure if we could make the whole 1000-mile journey home without needing to stop, so we left super early Friday morning. Michelle hatched a plan to have a goal of going 200 miles at a time without stopping. she made a chart for us to mark our progress, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. and effective too! we did the whole trip in one shot, and it went very well. I grew up going about 24 hours straight from FL to NJ, so I guess the kids have the travel genes too. prayers, benadryl and DVDs helped immensely too.
now it’s almost a month later. work isn’t as crazy as far as hours go, but it’s far crazier as far as drama goes. we joke that we don’t need TV because we have a new episode here every day. so we’ll see how that goes. thanks to all who are praying as we try to trust that God will lead our family where He wants us.