That Gwen. Girl knows how to Cracker Barrel.
Well we’ve officially been on the road for our road trip around the US for three weeks….with three weeks to go….and three kids in the car. (I know! We’re crazy!) But it’s been SO awesome thus far. There’s no way I can catch you up in one post so I’ll just tell a couple of stories from the road and then eventually give the big events their own posts and a longer update for my email newsletter subscribers (sign up here so you don’t miss it!)
We were in St. Paul, MN for two nights and y’all….I LOVED it. It’s such a gorgeous place and while I know my southern bones couldn’t last a winter there, I was tempted to stay forever. Not least of all because of the great time we spent with friends. We spent almost an entire day at the lovely home of Nell (of Whole Parenting). Our kids ran around and ate popsicles, Benjamin obsessed over their cat, and Nell and I could have talked forEVER.
She also set up a ladies night with some online friends I was dying to meet in real life and I wanted to stay up all night talking and eating Trader Joe’s Vanilla Meringues.
We went straight from St. Paul to Badlands National Park and ya’ll. YA’LL. It was incredible.
This is just an iPhone pic (sorry! I’ll grab the photos from my big camera when I have good internet again) so it can’t possibly capture the sheer awe of the Badlands. But it was truly incredible. The kids loved it, too.
Benjamin: “Well, this is definitely a wow!”
We drove way into the park to camp (because there’s a huge biker fest in South Dakota near Badlands and the other sites were packed and loud) and when we got to the site, it looked like Aslan’s Country. Just gorgeous.
Everything was idyllic until we got settled in our sleeping bags and heard the rumbling of thunder. Then the clear, beautiful evening turned into a torrential downpour. And not just rain, but WIND. Serious wind. Pull our tent stakes out of the ground wind. And lightning like I’ve never seen (and Florida thunderstorms are no joke.)
I definitely thought we were goners and were just going to get carried away on the wind if the lightning didn’t finish us off first. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I was so afraid. I prayed the Memorare the whole time and did a lot of involuntary trembling. Daniel was freaked out, too, but he pretended it was no big deal which gave me comfort at the time even though this morning he told me it was all a facade. It makes me feel better that I wasn’t just being a fraidy cat. Daniel doesn’t get freaked out by just anything so it must have been really something.
Benjamin slept through the entire thing (?!) and both of the girls fell asleep during the storm so apparently my trembling and frantic prayer didn’t scare them. Lucy did ask me why I prayed so much during the night when she woke up the next morning.
We just arrived for a brief stay in Casper, WY before going to Grand Tetons National Park! On to the next adventure, right? Hopefully with less terrifying weather.
A Six Year Journey: This Ain’t the Lyceum (Grab the tissues. Kelly is so awesome.)
Seven Reasons I Prefer Being a Mrs. Mom: A Knotted Life (This is a fun one from Bonnie. Although, being in the South, no child has ever called me Mrs. Stewart. Always Miss Haley. And according to regional etiquette, that’s perfectly polite.)
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Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!
Lots of love,
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