My life has been in such a whirlwind that last while that I don’t think I could conherently put it in writing in a form of organization so I’m just going to just throw it up here for your reading enjoyment…
* Goodbye, Bella ~ I don’t even know where to start on this. The last month or so has been spent getting ready for the big move to Kenya and then on June 28th she was gone. I kind of felt like, “What do I do now?” the first couple of days since everything had been so focused on all the hundreds of small details of an international move. I actually did much better at the airport than I thought I would. Bella got upset in the airport which probably helped me keep it together (for some reason when anyone else starts crying I go into caretaker mode and I quit crying). Then walking back to the car I was looking at the ground the whole way because Bella’s little missionary man Joey and I had bought her had fallen off of her bookbag and I was determined to find him…which I did right next to our car! In spite of 4 days of travel, two of which were being stuck in Brussels (poor baby), Bella finally made it to Kenya. We were able to speak to her via Facebook chat for a good while yesterday, so that was nice.
* The Working Man ~ Joey finally started with the apprenticeship program and started working on a job site on Thursday, July 5th. It is in Opelika so it involves an hour drive each way. He is looking into extended stay motels, etc. to cut down on the daily driving. This is a great opportunity for him and we are so excited for him to get on this program. Coming out of it he should be trained in welding, pipefitting, and plumming.
* Crusing ~ Bud and I are finally getting to go on our cruise for our 25th anniversary (only 1 year and 2 months late, but who’s counting). We are so excited and will be leaving late August from New Orleans for a 7-day adventure in the Western Caribbean! This is something we have looked forward to doing for years and we are so excited to get to do this.
* Good times with good friends ~ Joey and Laura took Sylvia and I to Atlanta over the weekend for a fun trip seeing The Bodies exhibit and then Collective Soul in concert. Joey and I have been wanting to see Collective Soul for a long time, probably since I introduced him to them when he was a lot shorter =-). We got to see them in this really cool venue called The Tabernacle in Atlanta. It is a smaller venue which used to be an old church among other things. It has 3 stories, hardwood floors, and the interior is painted with all this cool stuff. Very eclectic and different. Collective Soul played a set of one whole album from beginning to end, took a 15 minute break, and then returned to play all their hits. It was a wonderfully entertaining show with lots of energy and fun. It was Sylvia’s first ever rock concert and she really enjoyed it. I definitely want to go back to The Tabernacle again.