Sunday, October 26, 2008

A very long drive

We finally made it. We left our beautiful home in Colorado on Saturday, Oct 11, with tears on our cheeks to head off to our new adventure in West Virginia. It was a sad, sad day, and the weather imitated our feelings with rain and sleet. I just have to give a shout out to our neighbors, Jeff and Melanie, and Ric and Thelma for all of the support and help they showed by just letting our kids run in and out of their homes over the few days prior to us leaving. The kids were feeling homeless, and our friends truly took them in. We already are missing our good friends and lovely neighborhood. On Saturday night, we arrived at "America's Best Value Inn" at rip roaring Salina, Kansas. I hate to be cliche, but "you get what you pay for". However, we were too exhausted to really care at that point.

On Sunday, we travelled through most of Kansas. Everyone says that it is so boring, but I really enjoyed the beautiful farmland. We also stopped at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and his childhood home in Abilene. My mom insisted, and I'm glad that she did. We toured the home and the gravesites. Their home was small and simple, probably less than 1,000 square feet altogether. I wish we could get back to a simpler life. People were grateful for a roof over their head, and food to eat. They didn't need the biggest and the best all of the time. Dwight D. Eisenhower was an incredible patriot for his country, an honorable, good man. Wouldn't it be nice if we felt like that about our presidential choices?
I have lots more to write about, but I have got to get everyone ready for church. Will fill you in on all the rest soon.


SaraColorado said...

So glad to see your blog! We miss you a lot. Ugh. Anyhow, so excited to see pics, and I can't wait to see pictures of your new home and town, etc.!

The Frosts said...

Was that the hotel that mom called a dive-o-rama. She is so funny with her own little tender language. I'm glad you guys made it safe and somewhat sound. Love ya, Jaymie.

Mike and Wendy said...

So happy to hear from you! Glad you made it there in one somewhat sane self! Cannot wait to see more pics of your home and neighborhood, loved the pics I saw of your house before you left, so cannot wait to see more now that the Ahlstrom clan has made it home! Miss you guys tons!

ann michele said...

funny! my dad was named after him! i'll have to go there someday!

hope you guys are doing well & getting all settled in ok! we'll miss you!