Dusty Penguin

Child of God and in love with my Lord. Wife of a wonderful man. Mother of a young adult, two teens, and a miscellaneous menagerie of furry and finned creatures. Work full-time outside of home and as little as possible at home:)

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Location: Cedarville, Ohio

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Vacation Time

This year my mom and dad, pictured to the left, asked my sister and I to join them on a trip out west, for "old times" sake. Nancy was home from Africa for a short time to get her son, Daniel, settled in college. We all convened at my house, and the trip began from there.
We left Thursday after I finished work, getting started on our way to Ohio about 6 p.m. We arrived at my Aunt Jeanette's about 1:30 a.m. It was a longer trip than usual, due to road construction.
We all went immediately to bed. Aunt Jeanette
had a full house, because her brother, Uncle Carl,
was visiting as well. The beds and couches were
full, I slept on an air mattress, and Daniel took the floor. Aunt Jeanette, pictured to the right, is such a wonderful, sweet, godly lady. She is 94, and is absolutely amazing. She's a wonderful hostess, and it is so much fun to visit her. She had a breakfast casserole prepared ahead of time, so we all enjoyed a nice breakfast in the morning.
Pictured to the left is Uncle Carl, who is 96. He is in good health, and his mind is so sharp. We sang around the piano, and he could sing most of the verses to any hymn from memory. He could even remember a few hymns in German from his first pastorate. Both he and Aunt Jeanette have wonderful stories to share, and great wisdom to impart.

That day Nancy and Daniel went to Cedarville University and got Daniel registered and moved in to his dorm room. Uncle Carl, Dad, and I went over later to help him unpack.

My cousin, Jeanne, and her husband, Ken, joined us for supper. It was great to visit them as well. Nancy didn't get home till late that evening.

The next day, our family went over and had lunch at the college cafeteria with Daniel, did a little more unpacking for him in his room, and he and Nancy attended another meeting.
This is Daniel in his dorm room. He was pretty much settled in, but his roommate hadn't even arrived yet.

Nancy was trying to enjoy her lunch in the cafeteria, and Dad kept asking her if it was time for her to go to her meeting yet. Dad ended up attending the meeting with Nancy and Daniel, while Mom and I went to his dorm room to hang up the rest of his shirts.
We left that day about 1:30 on the next leg of our journey. This is the bridge over the Mississippi River, and the construction on the bridge delayed us about 2 hours. We traveled that day as far as St. Louis, MO (actually Blue Springs). We arrived very late at our hotel. Our sleep was interrupted several times by partying neighbors at the hotel.
More to follow in the next blog.


Blogger Hannatu said...

Expect some kind of payback picture for the one of me at the table! LOL! I hope you got some photos of the little stone chapel. I loved that place and wished I could have spent some time there.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger Dusty Penguin said...

You know what, I never went back there. I forgot all about getting a picture of it. Every day we went somewhere else. Maybe I can have Alesha get a picture of it.

Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Hannatu said...

Oh, so sad! I loved it. By the way, every time I see a Punch Buggy or a Cruiser Bruiser my arm involuntarily swings out, but there's nobody there to punch!

Monday, August 27, 2007 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger Lutz Family in OK said...

I've been wandering around your blog history and found both of your girls' blogs as well. I meant to tell you before that I can't believe these are the same kids...have I really gotten that old??? And yes, I remember well that when I left the Gambia I was NOT going to get married, and most certainly was not going to have children. Funny how we think we have Him all figured out. He's not a God of confusion, but also not a God of human conclusion either. Interesting stuff how our paths cross and we are richer for it. I am glad we reconnected, even if only through the blog world!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 3:21:00 PM  
Blogger Dusty Penguin said...

I know what you mean, Nancy. I saw a PT Cruiser yesterday, and was just longing for someone to punch!
Amanda, great to hear from you again!

Friday, August 31, 2007 9:02:00 PM  
Blogger Suellen Black said...

Natalie, I gave your blogspot address to Ruth. I had told her that I saw a photo of her at the wedding. She doesn't have a blog yet, technologically challenged. But we all love her.

Sunday, September 02, 2007 10:19:00 AM  

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