Preparation week 

We were so blessed Wednesday night to get to visit and dine with Dan and Robyn, our Sunday school teachers for the last 14 years.  They have known us well enough and long enough that they can ask hard and deep questions of us, some we do not know the answers to.  As we head back out on the road in just one week we re-ponder… What is this journey all about.  Are the kids getting all the things out of it that we had hoped they would?  How has this changed us individually, as a couple, as a family?  

The kids are actually half excited to go back out, I anticipate some tears heck I may shed a few, but even our preteen who thinks his life is so rough admitted Thursday that he is excited for our up coming road trip it seems like it wouldn’t hurt him to show it.  I guess that is asking too much.

 I am not too excited about the grueling schedule we have chosen to get us over to Oklahoma, keeping our wagon wheels running and taking shifts in the drivers seat is a new one for us.  We are hoping that driving hard through the states we have seen before will give us more time to enjoy our drive through the states we have not yet been to.  We have tentative plans that will have to be flexible depending on how good of time we are getting.  We are making a few last minute play dates, but really can’t squeeze too much into our last week as work has already claimed the first four days and the last three are reserved for family and packing, maybe even a little rest. 

We are looking forward to our Caramel popcorn fall movie night (Halloween), Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas party all wrapped in one Holiday party for our last night here.  All the kids have been talking about for a couple of weeks now is the Christmas gifts they have picked out for their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  

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