We just had the best 11 days!
When our sweet Kaitlin got engaged, I knew Darin had to go to her wedding – she talks to him on the phone almost daily and he has ask me throughout the pandemic to go to Kaitlin’s house… which is in Ohio.
We had also been wanting to see some other friends up north.
Planning & Prep
We considered getting an RV for this journey, but after replacing the transmission in my Chrysler Town & Country, we decided it was our best option.
In preparation, my dad and I built a travel dresser for my van, so we could store items without suitcases, and have a desk-like area next to Darin’s seat on the 3rd row.
I also made an art space for Arabella in the 2nd row captains chair.
Since we keep medication locked up for safety at home…
We left on Tuesday, and drove 8+ hrs for 2 days.
On the 3rd day, we drove the final 3 hrs to pick up Holden in Columbus at the airport, and then to Dayton.
We stayed in a cute AirBnB with a huge window looking out onto gorgeous trees!
We got to see Kaitlin Thursday night, and then help her with tasks on Friday like picking up her bouquets.
The ceremony was down by the water… and Darin and I missed that part. He got very upset as we arrived at the wedding, but with so much open space he and I could explore, the rest of the guests were undisturbed.
After the wedding, we crashed! I always forget how much more energy it takes to be a parent away from home. From Tuesday-Saturday, I had not rested at all.
Sunday, we drove Holden to the Indianapolis airport on our way to Rochester, Minnesota.
We stayed in another great AirBnB, this one in the basement of a split level home.
On Monday, we went to Mike & Shay’s super cute house, and got to eat lunch with both of their grandkids Leona & Finley (and their parents of course).
A short time after lunch, both the kids headed for the door – ready to go “home” to the AirBnB. Thankfully, Mike & Shay were gracious enough to move the visit there.
It was a really wonderful day!
On Tuesday, we had our shortest travel day from Rochester to Kansas City. We drove straight to the home of Joey & Honey for dinner. They were new friends we made during the freeze in February when they needed a place to stay and took shelter with us. Honey made a wonderful Indian meal, the Fisk family joined us, and we all played games with the kids after dinner.
Then we went to another AirBnB, a town house. Darin was so excited to find that it has 3 toilets!
On Wednesday, we slept late! Hallelujah!
Then Julie, Aliza, and Oliver came over for the rest of the day. Aliza immediately joined Arabella in ‘her room’ for art.
Oliver and Darin kept Julie, Leah, and I company, when Darin wasn’t cleaning the whole house of course. Oliver taught me to play a live version of Minecraft where I was a Creeper, crawling around with my eyes closed to find him.
Josh joined us after work, and Darin entered silly mode.
The night ended with Darin leading us through his own worship service.
We left Thursday, hearts full from seeing so many people we love!