the last of it

the last of it

Well folks, here’s the last of our Texas/Mississippi trip pics :)  From Dallas/Fort Worth, we made our way to the city of Brandon, MS.  Branden seemed right at home :)

Babies in hotel beds.  I pray that they remember all the adventures our family takes with Wit & Folly, that trips are a positive and not a negative.  I will say, they love hotels because I may or may not have told them that hotel beds were specially engineered for jumping on (unlike the beds at home).  Also, you can run around in your pajamas and socks and have hotel breakfast and swim in the pool!  What’s not to love?

Branden taught at a creative ministry conference and he and I got to do a couple of things for the attendees.  We got some video, which I will share if I ever figure out how to edit/put it together!

After three days in Mississippi, we made our way back to the Lone Star State.  On the way, we stopped in the town of Vicksburg, MS.  If you’ve never been, I recommend it!  Vicksburg is a historical site for the Civil War, which means it has tons of beautiful, old buildings and sites where you can see artifacts from the war.  And it has a really cool playground.  After a four and six year old have been on the road for two weeks, being quiet at conferences and shuffled from one event to another, an hour at a park was like telling them, “Hey, it’s actually about you for a second.  Go wild!”

This kid and his serious face.  It’s actually his, “Can I go play now or are you still taking pictures?” face.

And right next to the park was a couple of old trains and a museum.  Vicksburg is pretty much a photographer’s dream town :)

Me and this stud

And of course a couple of touristy pics with a giant cannon!

Okay, so then we got back to Texas where got to stay with some awesome friends for a couple nights.  You should know that when we left Colorado, I was getting over bronchitis.  My symptoms had pretty much cleared up, except for a CRAZY cough which I couldn’t seem to kick.

At one point during the trip, my side started hurting BAD and I thought maybe I had pneumonia (not awesome) but after a few days, the pain started to subside.  But then…after we got back from Mississippi, I was coughing and felt a “pop” in my side = I couldn’t breathe without crying!  I have a pretty low tolerance for pain, so that probably didn’t help, but IT HURT!

We ended up going to the emergency room :(  This is the picture our nurse (who happened to have a degree in photography!) took

After a chest X-ray, the doctor thinks I had cracked a rib. Just a little :/  Nothing some time and pain meds couldn’t take care of.

After stopping by the pharmacy, we went by the grocery store and picked up an ice cream cake.  We were celebrating Branden’s 35th birthday!  Yeah, that was a weird day.

I love this picture – celebrating the hubster with good friends!  And the only candle in the house was the number 16 :)

From there, we drove a few hours north and stayed a second time with the R family, our awesome friends we got to spend time with at the beginning of our trip.  Here’s their youngest – such a sweet baby!  Doing his part with the laundry as you can see :)

And just for good measure, we celebrated Branden’s birthday again, with his favorite meal and dessert and also a trip to Chuck E Cheese, because well, that’s just the kind of guy he is and the kids loved it :)

Here’s Branden blowing out the candles on a homemade apple pie.

So, that was our first Wit & Folly trip!  It was awesome and we are super blessed!  Excited to see where the Lord takes us next!

a little more texas

a little more texas

A few more memories from our trip :)  Here are some pics from our last few days in Texas, before we headed to Mississippi for a conference.

The guy on the left is a really great friend of ours.  When Branden and I first went down to Texas to do children’s ministry, he was a high schooler who served with us – the best worker ever!  Now he rides a motorcycle, has a career and is a grown person.  It was crazy to go back and see how much everyone had grown up!  And by crazy, I mean it made me feel like an old person.

His sweet family that we LOVE!

(notice that Ethan is taking yet another awesome picture!)

Sweet babies sleeping in a hotel bed :)

Then we visited the Fort Worth Stock Yards!  I wish I had been a cooler mom and did some research to make our visit a little more educational, but alas, I did not.  We just wanted to see the sights :)

The minute we got there, this kid poses himself in a corner and says, “Mom, take a picture of me!”  Proof!  Proof that he can actually look directly at a camera and have a normal, even a sweet expression on his face!  What is going on the other 99% of the time I pull out my camera?!?  Whatever, I’ll take what I can get I guess!

I had to have Silas take a picture by this chalkboard.  This is how we feel about bacon :)

Branden wanted to get them rubber band guns.  Which of course meant tiny rubber bands being shot and scattered EVERY.WHERE.WE.WENT.  Ah, life with boys!

I’ve realized I do this thing.  I take pictures of my feet.  Not like a weirdo.  Like, pictures of interesting places we travel.  Like documenting where we walk.  I don’t know, maybe that’s weird :/  But John Wayne!  That’s pretty cool, right?  Suddenly I’m thinking in a John Wayne accent :)

Ah, and because I take my camera EVERYWHERE, here’s me posing with a giant cow portrait in the ladies room!

And of course, more school in the hotel room.  Couldn’t be more happy about being a home schooler, for reals :)

Alright friends, I think I might be able to wrap up our trip next time (or the time after that for sure!)  Thanks for reading/following along/coming back to this blog :)  See you next time!

teaching & life on the road

teaching & life on the road

If you’re still following along, the next stop on our Texas/Mississippi tour was to a city called Hurst – one of the “mid-cities” between Dallas and Fort Worth.  This is the city that Branden and I moved to so long ago when we first got married and started doing ministry together!  No literally, we got married in Colorado and drove down to Texas to start our lives together just two days later.  I had just turned 18 the week before!  Jesus is so gracious to us!

Anyways, the church we served at allowed us to come in and do a day of training for their children’s ministry workers as well as a family service for their congregation that Sunday.  It was a huge blessing to get to come back and serve there!  We got to stay in Hurst a few extra days too, which meant also getting to hang out and eat with visit with people, which was awesome!

The training day was a lot of fun!  We came in and got to partner with their children’s ministry, teaching about things like puppetry and classroom management.  This is something that Branden has been traveling and doing for years with other companies, so getting to come in and teach for Wit & Folly was really cool!  I’ll be teaching too, but he carried most of the weight that day.  I got some pictures of him in action :)

He’s such a great teacher :)

And no surprise, but he had them in stitches :)

Over the three weeks we were gone, our little family stayed in three hotels, three guest rooms, and a camper!  And we were in the car for about 40 hours!  We were all excited to go, but I was kind of worried about how everyone would do – kids and adults!  I think sometimes we just like routine, you know?  I’ll say that after the first two weeks, I could tell that the boys were starting to get a little crazy, like maybe a night in their own bed or a day with their own toys would have done them good.  But for the most part, I was surprised at how well we did!  And it was honestly such a blessing to get to travel together and be with people, hanging out with old friends, making new ones.

Here’s us, after doing school in one of the hotel rooms.  It honestly just felt kind of normal, which I feel great about :)

Well, that’s it for today :)  Next post will have pictures of our visit to the Fort Worth Stock Yards!  Thanks for following along and reading!

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