7,000 miles and still going strong…
Wow, is it really the 29th? That means we’ve been on the road 29 days. Where did the last month go?! We have experienced SO much, seen so many wonderful friends along the way, ooed and ahhed at so many beautiful places in this country, taken about a bagillion pictures (that’s a pretty accurate guess), filled up an insane amount of tanks of gas, and eaten just one too many sandwiches for my liking. We will be arriving in Hampton, VA on Sunday, so just three days away!
Let me catch you up on the past few days since my last post.
Clearly, we were having way too much fun hanging out with friends in Omaha for me to find the time to update the blog. We stayed with our friends, Tim and Susan Snyder (shout out! Woot woot!) in Papillion for the weekend. The weekend was full of eating (we had burgers three nights in a row), more eating (I went to my favorite cupcake place and indulged in croissant donuts, twice), and more eating (sushi and ice cream!). Oh yeah, and in between the eating, we thought about where we would eatJ
We got to catch up with Jen and Jerry Teeter and their three girls, Cathy who I used to work with at Our Lady of Lourdes School, and the Whitneys! So fun to see everyone, and feel like we never even left. Seeing the Whitneys was surreal… didn’t we just hug you guys goodbye in Canada? Were those two years together in Alaska a dream? The kids snuggled with us in the restaurant for the entire hour we were together, and we had a great time filling each other in on our adventures. What a sweet time.
Jordan and I enjoyed walking around the Rosenblatt Stadium memorial park. We saw the last College World Series game in that park two years ago, before they tore the park down. It was neat to see what they did to preserve the memories. We also took a stroll through Old Market, a place we used to love to go out to, yup, you guessed it… eat.
Hanging out with the Snyders all weekend was awesome. Their daughter Ally is about two feet taller than she was when we left, so it took me a good day to get used to the new “her.” J But it felt like we just belonged there, and again, I’m left feeling so thankful for amazing friends. They’re talking about coming out to visit next summer, and since I’m posting that publicly on the internet, that officially holds them to it!
Our last night together was spent having dinner with some old Life Group friends (I mean, friends from the past Life Group we were in, not old in age!). The Tyners and Conleys came over to indulge in more food with us, and it was great to catch up! Again, it felt like two years hadn’t passed at all.
We left Omaha on Tuesday and headed down to Joplin, MO to see the missing Snyder girl who has gone and grown all up and started college. We enjoyed eating dinner and ice cream with Abby, seeing her beautiful face, and being so encouraged that Jesus is the center of her life! Miss you already girl…
Now we are hangin’ in Memphis, TN, in a hotel room because we were not too keen on camping in the 90+ degree weather anymore. Layla is thankful, too. For those that aren’t aware, Jordan spent a semester studying at the University of Memphis in 2005. He made some great friends while here, who we still keep in touch with and so that’s what we’re doing here! Jordan always promised them he’d come back to visit… it just took him 8 years.
We spent last night with them at their condo eating and catching up, reminiscing of the good ol’ ’05 days and laughing at ancient Facebook pictures. We’ll spend the day with them today as well. Oh yeah, their names are Amy and Andrew and their daughter’s name is Layla. Weird, I know.
Here are a few pics of the last few days!
|Yay! A picture with Susan finally! At the Stormchasers game|
|Hanging out at the Building 429 Concert!|
|We didn't get any good pictures of us together, but here's evidence of our time with Life Group friends!|
|S'mores cupcake from Jones Bros. Cupcakes... SO GOOD.|
|Layla and Tessa (the Snyder's new dog) were best buddies!|
|Ally and Layla|
|I've never seen my puppy so worn out I could lift her up and she still wouldn't wake.|
|Abby Snyder in Joplin!|