Renewing Mercies…A Little Each Day

Starting over from scratch…sorta

Home Sweet Home

September4
We had a forced “vacation” of sorts last weekend.

Ava & Papa - June 2008

Ava & Papa - June 2008

I’ve sat here for several minutes trying to ease into this… , but the bottom line is, Court’s dad is dying and we took a quick trip out to Washington to see him and say goodbye. About a week ago the emails of updates and hospice medical drama (because I understand none of the terminology, hence my lack of fear of such things) were flying back and forth fast and furious to the `extent that whenever our iphones “pinged” the email alert each of us wondered “Is this the one where we find out we’re too late?” Thankfully we were not. Court was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to get out there at all, blah, blah, blah (not to dismiss his concerns, but not to bore you with them either)… He needn’t worry I told him, afterall, didn’t the funds to pay for our wedding and then some come just when we needed them? So, a week before we left I spent the majority of my day on the phone making arrangements which included car, lodging, hotel (cheaper than quoted), kennel arrangements for Kai who had just finished antibiotics for kennel cough and shouldn’t have left the house technically…and airfare (thanks MSAMEX).

Ava, Tabby Tab and Auntie Becky

Ava, Tabby Tab and Auntie Becky

We had a great time seeing everyone, introducing Ava to her Aunties and taking advantage of them and their willingness to babysit while we went back to the house so Court and his dad could have a visit. We left her again so that Grammy Sue could have some Ava-time. But most of the time it was just the three of us.

We had a great time with Paul and Jennifer, a planned outing on the boat that never happened, due in part to weather and to an unplanned and very long nap that Ava and I took on Monday afternoon…I would have left without me. There is however a rumor of a Colorado visit in store for us in October and we are definitely looking forward to that.

Court showed me around his hometown and the house his family lived in for most of his childhood. It’s in a quiet neighborhood with cul-de-sacs and he showed me the tree they planted in the front yard and the house where Aunt Elizabeth lived in back in the day. There was the high school where he graduated, the McDonald’s that he worked in and the Burger King where Duane worked. The place where the video store he once worked in was and is now a day care center for dogs. It’s nice to go back to those places and visit, to be in the “hometown” environment, but more than that, it’s nice to finally be home.

Poor little Ava was out of sorts all weekend, crabby and complaining and cooped up in a baby seat or the stroller…pretty much anything with straps. She just seemed to relax once we got back to the house last night and we all were overjoyed to be back in our bed with our own pillows and fans and finally out of the suitcase living. We breathed a collective sigh of relief and drifted off…

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