Friday September 18: Leave for Atl! Stay with Joel and MS, see a sweet concert in their yard. Annie enjoys matching outfits with Uncle Joel (Go Wahoo's!) This is the one stop we make where we don't all share a room. Praise the LORD.
Saturday Sept 19: Buy a sweet double jogging stroller on craigslist. Merry early Christmas to the Iversons, Love, The McDougalls
Sunday Sept 20: Worship at Atl Westside and hear Walter preach about sex. seriously.
Monday Sept 21-
Friday Sept 25: I&O. We also got to hang out a lot with our sweet friends who will be joining us in S. Asia, who we'll share bread with, life with, tears with, laughter with, but again...waxing...stopping.
Sidenote: Annie HATED I&O and cried most of the day at the top of her lungs (for five days, from 9-6.) It was painful. Lesson number one in being a third culture kid. Learn to be flexible. That doesn't mean, though, that it didn't break mommy's heart. I'll remember it until I die and I will always feel guilty. Also, we all shared a hotel room. All four of us. All of us. One room. It was hard.
Friday Sept 25-: Drive from Atl to Boone, NC--ended up being about a 7 hour trip in rain and fog with screaming children. We arrived late Friday night to share a bedroom at the mountain house. We shared the mountain house with 6 more Iverson siblings, five spouses, and seven (soon to be eight) grandchildren.
Sunday Sept 27: Iverson family departs, thus we no longer share a room.
Monday Sept 28: Jonathan takes our car back to Atl for a meeting.
Tuesday Sept 29: Joanthan returns late Tuesday night.
Wednesday Sept 30: We have a family day
Thursday Oct 1: We drive to VA. One of the most gorgeous scenic drives I've ever enjoyed in America. It was a beautiful, clear fall day and a beautiful drive through the country
Leave children (including a fearful, clingly, stressed-out Annie with Jonathan's grandparents who are also babysitting Annie and Lily's cousins, more or less the same ages give or take a few months. Annie hates it. Lily screams almost the whole time. Jonathan and I get to enjoy the U2 concert at UVA. sweet. And we're all back in the same bedroom.
-Tuesday Oct 6: After lots of perfect weather, sweet time with friends (Alison, Larry, Matt, etc) and family (Grandma, Grandpa, Matt & Carly, Liam and Hudson, Joel, MS, Uncle Mark, Aunt Martha and Uncle Ian and Ji-Ji!!) we leave VA for NC.
Tuesday night: Spend the night Charlotte with the Waters. See Pryor! Get the scoop on Jamie! leave the next morning for Savannah
Wednesday Oct 7: Stop in Hilton Head to see the Worthingtons (love the Worthingtons)
Eat dinner Tuesday night with the Johnsons and a couple in their church, the wife is from S. Asia (she hates it) and she and her husband just visited this summer (he hates it too, now).
Thursday Oct 8: Finally return home
Thursday and Friday Oct 8 & 9: recover
Saturday and Sunday Oct 10 & 11: Semi-normal life
Monday October 12: Sara Beth gives birth to BABY GLO[ria]!!, but Baby Martha was sick and I held her all morning so Tuesday night I got sick and lay on the couch for three days while Jonathan took care of our children and me. I bet that was fun for him.
Saturday October 17: Finally feel like a human again. Do laundry, change sheets, eat meals, hold my children, post a blog about that past month of insanity!
So that brings us up to date. Thanks for reading, and if you didn't, well, then, I'm not writing to you. I just want my children to be able to look back and know what happened to the missing month of their lives. As I said, pictures will follow. Until then, so long and goodnight.