Saturday, March 12, 2011

Map of our trip...

In only eight days we were in five states and saw 29 relatives, most of whom are shown in the posts shown below. The most we paid for gas was $3.55 / gal in Plainfield, IN. This map shows our stops.

First names of the relatives that we were privileged to visit with:

Rex Tim Marlene Lacie Ben
Wanda Brenda Scott Andy Celeste
Randy Tim Sharen Jacob Daniel
Joy Sherry Lyndell Herb Zeke
Quil Caleb Jeff Jenny Zach
Micah Rebekah Shirlene Abi

We're sorry about not seeing the others who were busy,
and unable to be where we were!

Relatives we saw on our eventful trip home

We started for home from Indiana on Friday morning at a very early morning hour in a rainstorm. We soon ran out of the rain and got all the way to Wentzville, MO by midmorning where we stopped at my sister's house. No one was home except our niece, Rebekah Owens, so we got to visit with her for about an hour. She gave us a tour, since we had never been to their new house before. We hadn't seen Rebekah for over a year, so it was good to see her again.

Emily snapped this picture of Rebekah and their house as we were pulling away.

From Wentzville, we traveled on to Columbia, MO to my sister, Marlene DeOrnellis's house. My sister-in-law, Sharen Scoles, and Marlene had prepared a yummy lunch for us. While we were eating, my brother, Dr. Lyndell Scoles and his nurse, Penny, stopped by to see us. We didn't get a picture of Lyndell. (oops) We felt very honored Lyndell took time out of his busy day to see us a few minutes. He was on his way to the nursing home to see some patients.
Marlene and Sharen

Scott came home for lunch and so we got to see him too.
Scott, Marlene, and Furby

We left Marlene's and drove through a fierce thunderstorm to Olathe, KS, where we spent the evening and night with our niece, Shirlene Kazmaier and her family. This is Jacob, the youngest.

Andy Kazmaier

Lacie, the big sister

Shirlene and Jeff. We had a nice supper and enjoyed visiting and playing games with their family.

Shirlene's brother, Herb Albertson, had heard that we were traveling through Kansas, so he made arrangements with us to meet on Saturday for a picnic lunch with their family. We left Shirlene and Jeff's Saturday morning and drove to Ellsworth. It was only 12 miles out of the way for us, and 37 miles from Sterling where they live, so it was a great plan!! Jenny brought lunch and we had a picnic. It was cold, but sunny. It was so good to see Herb and Jenny and their family.

Herb and his Uncle Rowen

Jenny and Janet

Part of Herb's family

Zachary and the girl cousins: Abigail, Beth, Celeste, and Emily

Daniel, Ben, and Zeke

Celeste and Emily

Albertson cousins having fun on the teeter-totter deluxe!

We were thankful to get home safely Saturday evening. All the way home on Saturday, we were hearing a vibrating noise that was getting louder. We had the van worked on this week and the right front axle was falling apart and had to be replaced! So we know God had His hand on us and the many miles that we traveled on our trip.