During the first few days in western Kansas, I was able to meet up with a few classmates. A couple of them I had not seen since our graduation eleven years ago! It was super-fun to meet their kids, hold their babies, and catch up a little. Unfortunately, we completely forgot to take a group photo! Bummer.
I was also able to attend a service at the one and only church of my childhood. The experience was interesting to say the least. It was filled with lots of nostalgia, thoughts of my dear grandmother (who is buried in the church cemetery), self-reflection, and most of all thankfulness for my own unique God-journey.
Sunday after lunch, we buckled up and headed out to move my sister and her family into their new home in Colorado. In stereotypical kid form, this little munchkin was asking "how long?" before we even got on the highway.
Monday was a busy day of cleaning and preparing for the arrival of the semi truck and the rest of the week was filled with lots of box-carrying and organizing.
Toby (the little guy on my lap above) and I bonded one day on a walk/bike ride. I said, "Toby, I like you!" He replied, "I wike ooo too!" My heart pretty much melted.
On my last day there, Jillian was in no mood to have her picture taken. Obviously. She said, "I not gonna cheese. I no wanna hm-mile." But the picture below couldn't be any more perfect of Kensey. She is an absolute doll and has a personality to match. I missed those kids the minute I left, even more than the mountain views... which is quite a bit, as you may know.