This past weekend we took a little road trip. It actually was more like a big-long-thirteen-hour-each-way road trip. We drove to Ohio to celebrate and be an encouragement to my sweet sister-in-law as she graduated from college…little did I know that I would be the one who would leave feeling encouraged. So often that’s the way life works, isn’t it?
My sister in law is the best aunt to these kids. They love her. Levi kept saying, “I’m so es-ited to see Aunt Ivy!” the whole way there. She probably won the award for the most children who came to watch her pinning. And my kids won the award for the squirmiest and noisiest children during the pinning! 🙂
This is Ivy’s roommate. They were both nursing majors and worked so hard…I’m pretty sure they had a lot of fun together too! 😉 Aren’t college roommates the best? My college roommate is still one of my best friends. We’ve been through a lot together and I am so thankful for her.
Our first day there was Ivy’s nursing pinning. I’m just going to brag on my sister-in-law a little. The character award they gave her was joyfulness and that so fits her. She just overflows with God’s love everywhere she goes. She loves others well and as a result has had many opportunities to share where her true JOY comes from. I love that about her.
Ivy also won another award. I can’t even remember what the award was called but basically it meant she is an awesome nurse. As her professor talked about Ivy and why she was getting the award she shared how Ivy had felt God’s calling as a nurse…specifically as an oncology nurse…after spending time in the hospital with her niece as she battled cancer. Ivy has shared that with me before but there was just something about seeing her up there and hearing those words again that just made me weep. We don’t always get to see glimpses of God’s purposes in our pain, but I feel like God has been so gracious to give us many glimpses of how He is using Cora’s death for good. These glimpses don’t make the pain go away and they sure don’t make me miss Cora any less. I still hate cancer and death with all of my being. But glimpses like we got this weekend remind me of our God, the Redeemer. I don’t always understand His ways but I can always be confident in who He is. He is completely sovereign and infinitely loving. And He is redeeming the things that happen in our lives for our good and His glory. Until the day when He makes all things new, to see just a glimpse of that “good” is a gift. Thank you, Jesus.
The next day we got to watch Ivy get her diploma.
A few attempts at an auntie picture. My boys apparently weren’t in the mood for picture taking.
We stayed in a hotel for three nights while we were away. Levi thought it was awesome. He brought along his John Deere sleeping bag and set up a little bed for himself in our room. Griffin would only sleep if I was right next to him. We tried letting him cry it out in his pack-and-play but Levi kept sneaking over and saying…”What’s the matter buddy?”…”It’s ok. Don’t cry Griffin!”…”Do you want to sleep with our mommy? Mom, he wants you!” It was really helpful. 😉 The hotel also had a pool. Levi loved the water. I’ll let you guess what Griffin thought about the water. Ha!
We got to make a few fun stops for mom at Pottery Barn Outlet and IKEA. My time at IKEA was much too short…and possibly a little strenuous on my marriage. 😉 I can’t wait until the Kansas City IKEA opens! The boys got a few late night trips to McDonalds for ice cream. They thought that was pretty great too.
Levi and Griffin were such great travelers. I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea to take a thirteen hour trip with them but they did awesome!
We borrowed a DVD player from some friends and we bribed the boys with movies and sugary treats the whole way. I might not be able to stand hearing another Veggie Tales song for awhile…but it sure made the trip a whole lot more peaceful. Whatever works, right?