Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Going, Going, .... Home

           The cross country trip is coming to a close soon.  It has been quite an adventure and I have much to add when I am not spending so much of my time driving.  (I will back date everything, but put in a blog saying so.)
         I think the kids learned a lot about this country and it has been an amazing experience to share with them.   The most important thing they learned was to enjoy each day for the adventure that it brought.  Some days were more fun than others (of course), but each day has been interesting in it's own way.  We have seen some of the most beautiful landscape that this country has to offer, and even in this TV generation; they loved seeing the simple beauty of nature.  They found joy in seeing bears and Bald eagles in Yellowstone, the Badlands of the Dakotas, and the wide Mississippi River.   I think I learned to let them make some of the decisions.  They always made good ones too.  They were better at seeing that we need to have a break.  Even today, they were able to see that as we drove around the University of Notre Dame, we did not need to go on a visitor's tour.  Seeing the grotto, the stadium, and "touchdown Jesus" was more than enough.  
          More importantly the trip and Honey's deployment has taught us how to manage without Honey around.  We have learned how to be a team.  This deployment has united us and taught us self reliance.  But of course we will be happy when our star player comes back and gives the second string a welcome bit of relief! 

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