Last year, we had a new baby and let the family come visit us instead of traveling for the holidays. This year, we made up for it with long trips for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Over Thanksgiving, we spent 40 plus hours in the car driving through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. We enjoyed some relaxing time at my parents’ lake house, met up with Christian community folks in Little Rock, celebrated a classic family Turkey Day in Ft. Worth with my Memaw & mom’s side of the family, visited college friends in Richardson, and soaked up quiet moments with my 95-year-old grandparents back in Pine Bluff.
Over Christmas, we flew to Richmond, Virginia and then drove to Lake Monticello to spend time with Josh’s side of the family. It was like a family reunion – grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…the whole gang (minus a few). We had a relaxing stay, complete with a tour of the nearby Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home). Sadly, the 24-hour stomach bug did make the rounds, but mostly we had a fantastic time. The travel on this journey was a bit more grueling due to the timing of the stomach bug attacks. But, hey…the good news was that I was reading a book about the dust bowl during this trip, and that really puts things in perspective. What’s a little vomit in comparison to the Great Depression, dusters, mud storms, and tornadoes?
We LOVED our time with family and friends. Each relationship is deeply important to us. We are thankful that we were able to travel and be with each and every one of you.
Here are a few pictures from our various journeys…
The Rufner side of the family
Cooking with Nana Lou Anna
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
We celebrated Simeon’s first birthday with the traditional family duck cake!
Richardson friends and lotsa kids!
Christmas morning in Virginia
Jedidiah and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello
Visiting with my college friend Jessica in Richmond
There are so many more memories (and pictures), but this is a taste! It’s been a good year, and I have a good feeling about 2014….