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Washington Bound–End of week 1

After 3 days of driving from Florida, we arrived in my hometown of Hobart, Oklahoma. We have been here during this last week visiting with my parents, grandparents, my Uncle and aunt. Unfortunately, our time with my grandma was cut short. My papa left a day early so he could take care of some things at the house. Chris and I came to Oklahoma in March to visit with them for 6 days. We weren’t sure after the baby was born that we would be able to make the trip anytime soon. This detour to Washington gave us a chance to see them once again. Every time I say goodbye to her, I say a silent prayer that it won’t be my last.

My grandma is a very special lady. She lived 3 houses down from us when I was born. I remember spending the night with her sleeping on a pallet, watching the news, and feeling the excitement of “helping’ her cook breakfast the next morning. I will never be able to explain how much she has meant to me through the years. She has always been there to talk to me whenever I’ve been down. She takes the time to know my children even though we are far apart. I could sit and listen to her life stories for hours. She had a rough life in the beginning, but she is a strong woman and overcame many adversities. She was a successful telephone operator and also a union representative, but most of all, she is a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I named my youngest daughter after her. Everleigh can be anything in this world, and I hope she can do it with the strength and determination that my grandma has passed down to us all!gmaandeverleigh
Today we made our final rounds around town. I stopped by to see my Grandpa Kenneth’s gravesite. He is the other half of my name!
Kenneth + Joy= ME!! 🙂 I love being able to take my kids to some of the places that mean the most to me! Unfortunately, today was too cold for Everleigh to make the trip with us! gpakenneth
Tomorrow we are heading out as soon as Everleigh wakes up. The car and truck are loaded ready for our next stop…Gallup, New Mexico! We somehow convinced my mom “Memaw” to make the last part of the trip with us! It will be great having the extra help with the kids and organizing the house! I just hope she knows what she in for!

Stay tuned…we aren’t even half way through this crazy ride! I will give you a hint of our future adventure…VEGAS BABY!!

Washington Bound—Day 3

Up and ready to go!! Today we will make it to Oklahoma for a much needed break from the driving! Once again, I woke up with hives….just great! I guess the stress is really getting to me! I initially thought it was from drinking wine, but I had no wine last night…thank God….I LOVE wine! 🙂

We decided to stop in McKinney, Tx on our way to see my friend, Katie, I haven’t seen in over 3 years! It was so nice to be able to spend time with her and her family! I’m so glad I finally got to meet her little boy…he is so adorable! I wish we lived closer to her!

Back on the road again…The drive is very familiar to me! I spent many years driving these roads with my parents. We traveled frequently between Florida and Oklahoma when I was a child! I swore I wouldn’t make the drive as an adult…and here I am, going further than I ever thought I would have too.

As an adult, I can appreciate the scenery. In some ways, it’s like looking at it for the first time. It’s peaceful here…it’s simple…it’s a part of me and who I am!

Hello Oklahoma…I am home!

Day 3 complete…452 miles!