Sunday, July 18, 2010

Family Vacation

For the first time since the beginning of the farm three years ago, we took a real, extended vacation! Our summer intern and several willing neighbors took great care of the farm while we were away for a week. We loaded up and left VA early one morning and arrived the following morning/early afternoon in San Antonio, TX, stopping only for dinner at our aunt's (Mama's sister's) house in Pensacola, FL. Aunt Sissy and Mama...
Cousins visiting together...
We had a very nice visit and a delicious dinner.
Aunt Sissy and me...
We slept in the van as Daddy drove through the night. We arrived at our destination in San Antonio around noon the following day. We stayed in a hotel on the River Walk.
I loved having Stephen with us!
The conference was primarily about promoting life and families. It gave Stephen and me many opportunities to discuss our opinions regarding the subjects expounded upon in the sessions. Sullivan, Harrison, and Sheridan did a great job sitting quietly during the many sessions throughout the weekend.
The highlight for most of our family was getting to hear Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (parents of nineteen children with the TV show, "19 Kids and Counting") speak in a few of the sessions. Mama loves the Duggar family's show and rarely misses an episode! Walking back to the hotel one evening...
Stephen and me leaving the Alamo...
Sheridan and her baby, Josie, in their matching dresses...
After a church service on Sunday morning, we began the long drive home, stopping only for dinner at Stephen's parents' home. Stephen's mother prepared a wonderful meal and Stephen showed us pictures, awards, and school projects from his childhood and played his saxophone for us. It was a very nice visit, but it was also sad because it marked the end of Stephen's nearly two week stay!
We drove through the night and all of the following day and arrived back at the farm that night. It was such a delightful trip and we are so thankful for the hard work of our intern and neighbors while we were away!

2 comments:

Connie Leis said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your family vacation. Your aunt sissy, Tabby as I know her, hasn't aged at all just like your mom! And how neat that yal got to meet the Duggar's! I love that show. It is about the only thing I watch on TV! How is their Josie doing? You and Stephen make the best looking couple! Yal just glow! I am so excited for the two of you! :)
Connie Leis

Emily N. said...

What a fun family vacation! Thank you for sharing all the pictures with us. I'm so happy for you and Stephen! I loved all the pictures of you both. You look so happy! I'm glad you got to meet the Duggar's! Our family really enjoys watching their show and we're very happy that it's back on. Have a wonderful week! :)

Love,
Emily