Well, we're back. Twelve days, 10 states, and over 3000 miles later we are finally home. The trip was all that we hoped for and more and now all that's left is to do laundry, unpack, do more laundry, put the house back in order, and do more laundry. And sort through hundreds of pictures to pick the ones to share with you that best represent our journey!
The hardest part was explaning to the kids that it was going to take three days for us to get to Michigan. Every time we stopped they'd ask if we were at Granpa and Mim's house, and every time we'd get back on the road they'd ask if we were going home!
Here's how we all fit in the van:
We did our best to stay organized: I packed each child's daily outfits in separate ziploc bags and they each had treat bags that we periodically added new activities and snacks to throughout the trip. But by the end of the trip my organizational systems and the van were completely destroyed.
Our first major stop was for lunch in good old Waco, Texas. (Our plan was to eat packed lunches along the way.) I convinced Billy to follow the signs to the Cameron Park Zoo because it seemed logical that Cameron PARK Zoo must have a park nearby. I think he was a little nervous because we didn't have a map and didn't really know where we were going, but sure enough we found a park with a playground AND restrooms. So everyone got to stretch their legs and have some fun!
These lunch containers came in very handy! No plates or plastic bags needed.
Me and my crew.
After lunch we got back on the road and continued our trek through Texas and on to Hope, Arkansas where we stayed the night. We were amazed (and a little creeped out) by the size and quantity of insect life in Arkansas. But it proved the perfect opportunity for the kids to use their dollar store bug finders in a field conviently located right outside our hotel door.
The hunters disperse:
Mikea had the best discovery of the evening: a giant stink bug! (It flew away before I could get a picture.)
After the hunt we cooled off inside and went to bed.
Thus ended Day 1 of the 500 Babies Great Road Trip.
The 500 Babies are the children God has graciously blessed us with through the miracle of adoption. We adopted Joseph and Daniel in August 2008 and Mikea in June 2009. We adopted Adrian in December of 2010 and in June of 2011 we made Rebekah a permanent member of our family. (She was born at 28 weeks gestation, weighing only 2 lbs.) Last July we were thrilled to welcome our sixth child to our family: Baby Katherine. We are currently fostering her and hope to adopt later this year. Join me as I chronicle the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life with a houseful of little blessings!