You can sum my spring break up with one word...FAMILY! I was able to see everyone in my family so this post is going to be a little long. Sorry but my family is just that cool.
I spent the first part of my trip with Lois and Adam at their home. We visited Ha Ha Tonka State Park and hiked for miles. They are house parents for a Show-me Christian Youth Home and had the chance to hang out with their children. I did some quick music lessons during their study time and played dominoes with the boys after dinner.
On the way to and from Lois and Adam's I had the chance to spend a couple hours with Uncle Tarry (Daddy's twin) and Aunt Poppy both at their house and at CCCB where they both teach. I absolutely love these two. When I was in high school I spent two weeks with them every summer for music camp. They have been so encouraging in my music career, whether it is in education or ministry.
Then I headed to Anna and Ryan's house and enjoyed shopping and relaxing. Yes, I actually had fun shopping. (Anna finds good deals without wasting time.) We played chess, cards and introduced Ryan to Mouse Trap. He loves it because he beat us. Anna is a sports journalist for a local paper but all of her games I was going to go to with her were rained out, so we watched lots of movies.
The plan was to head back to Mishawaka from there, which I did...for about an hour. While I was talking to my mom I told her I was going to meet her half-way to drop some things off to her and spend time with my older sister, Elizabeth. After I finished that conversation I felt bad I was going to see everyone except Matthew's (my brother) family. So I threw a change of clothes in a bag, jumped in the car and headed north.
My parents were going to Matthew and Nicole's to help him do some painting around the house. About 45 minutes from their house I called and told my brother to keep our parents there because I was on my way. I wish I would have had my camera ready to capture the look on Nicole's face when she opened the door. Everyone was surprised and I was able to hang out there for a few hours before heading to my parent's house. Matthew even went into work late so he could see me!!!!
This morning my parent's and I drove to Elizabeth and Anthony's house. Well, really we always meet at Burger King and then go back to their house. They had no idea I was coming either. My niece's showed me the latest things in their rooms and told me all about school. Heather now has a corner of instruments in her room. Where would she get an idea like that?
This break ranks number two on the "Best Spring Break Ever" list, second only to the trip to France. I'm so thankful I got to see my whole family. If only break were two weeks long...
(If you click on the pictures, it will take you to the album that has the captions.)