Road Trip

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I’m a month old!

Sometimes, you just have to cry. He just wasn’t feeling this posed one month picture.  Oh, well. We’ll try again at 2 months.

Logan has been a busy guy, to be only a few weeks old. We took our great tour of the South a couple of weeks ago.  We went to a friend’s beach wedding and then rounded out the trip home with a stop in Opelika and Columbus to see family.

When we set out on this world tour, we knew it would be tricky to travel with a breastfeeding 1 month old.  He doesn’t exactly understand the concept of grabbing a pack of crackers at the gas station to make good time.  But we had promised our dear friends the Harrisons, when they asked us over a year ago, to be present at their vow renewal ceremony. Jake was doing the ceremony and it was a huge privelege to be a part of this celebration. So we went. I tried out the new ‘Moby’ baby carrier to be ready to take on the journey. He loves it, when I can tie it right.

We soon found out that traveling with a tiny little one is not for the faint of heart. After we packed up pretty much the whole house to carry with us,  and stopped every few hours, we made it to Orange Beach.  The celebration was a 25th anniversary party for our friends David and Susan Padgett-Harrison. They renewed their vows on the beach with a huge gathering of family.

This was my view from the deck.  Logan and I stayed up on deck for most of the party, as it was super windy and he had quite a bit to say about it (pretty fussy). I think we had the best seat, though. I got to sit alone with my sweet one feeling the amazing breeze and having a moment of peace. I began to think through the past year, for this family and my own. When David and Susan asked us to go on this trip over a year ago, we had no idea we would be bringing along a newborn. In fact, that seemed pretty far out of reach for us. And, looking out over this family, I remembered all they have been through this year: cancer, family struggles, caring for elderly loved ones, and a recent funeral. I have friends who talk about a ‘life verse.’ I’m not sure I could pin down one verse, but one line that has been on my heart for quite some time came to mind as I looked out over the beach that night: “For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us, most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.”  So, Logan and I sang that verse with a grateful heart for these wonders all around us.

We had a great time with friends after the vows were said.

There were a million children in this family, many of whom I have taken on one youth trip or another. We love them dearly, and they’re a fun bunch.  Logan got to party and held his own pretty well for a one month old.

We left Orange Beach and headed towards Columbus. On the way, we stopped to see Aunt Jean, Teresa and cousin Austin in Opelika.

Austin was a big hit with Logan. Logan has begun to find his tongue, and Austin was great with making funny faces with him. So fun!

We made it to Columbus to see Big Mama. And then the tour began. There were lots of folks who wanted to meet this little man.  A few . . .

We stopped to see Uncle Glenn.

Special moments in this house, which had been Jake’s grandparents home.  Logan got to see this house which held many childhood memories for Jake. Brenda loved telling us that these sweet grandparents (on the wall) would have loved to Logan for sure.

Then we saw Aunt Miriam and Daphne.  So much love.

We had a great trip getting Logan acquainted with Columbus.

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