After five days of travel, we have come to an oasis in a friend's home. And get this: our stay here is a total of three nights. Three nights. Although our traveling days went quite smoothly, it was an unspeakable relief to be able to take a deep breath...and stop.
Since arriving here two nights ago, we've enjoyed reminiscing with old friends, a jaunt around Kansas City (we went by many of our old haunts: the church we attended when we lived here, the two homes where we lived, and the places we worked), a big dinner with our adopted family, watching our kids frolic with "cousins" they had never met before - such a blessing!
Oh, and some seriously awesome barbecue.
People, I kid you not. I have been dreaming about this barbecue for 11 1/2 years now. Jeff and I chose it for our last big meal before we moved away to Oregon from Kansas City, and stopping there was definitely a priority once we knew we were coming back for a visit. So yesterday we took the kids there for lunch.
It was every bit as delicious as I'd remembered.
And in case you're wondering, I chose not to read the ingredient list for the barbecue sauce. This is a time for exceptions. From where I'm sitting, it was totally worth it.
Today we're resting. Puttering. Catching up on laundry and sleep. Possibly taking the boys to a local water park. Tonight we're invited to dinner at my husband's best friend from his boyhood - it's going to be fantastic. That is a huge reason why we made this trip: fellowship with dear ones that time and distance had separated.
Not to mention the fact that I hear we're in for more outstanding barbecue.