summer rest

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July 29, 2014 by Ellen V

Sorry about the radio silence, dear friends. In the midst of the chaos that is our house, we took a quick vacation last week to clear our minds and spend some time at our two favorite home-away-from-homes in the Midwest.

The first leg of our journey was a stint in my hometown in rural southern Minnesota. We took lots of trips to the pool and a nearby lake, made and ate lots of delicious food, and even spent a few hours at the County Fair. What a blessing it was to be taken care of by Mama and Papa K for a few days while we rejuvenated a bit. And Jane adored every second of it.

Jane (31 months) loved the tractors at the Fairbault County Fair.

Jane (31 months) loved the tractors at the Fairbault County Fair.

After our trip to Minnesota, we were able to catch about a day and a half at Mama and Papa V’s lake house in central Wisconsin. We always wish we could spend more time there than we do, so it was an especially bittersweet trip knowing it will probably be a year before we’re there again. We made the most of it, though, and enjoyed the quiet of the country, just the three and a half of us.

Eric and Jane picked a bouquet for me at the lake. "Are there flowers in Virginia, Papa?"

Eric and Jane picked a bouquet for me at the lake. “Are there flowers in Virginia, Papa?”

All that time away, of course, makes reentry into reality that much harder. There’s still a lot to do, a few final trips this weekend, and work to finish up (for me) or get rolling on (for Eric). Jane has been learning the word “patient,” which is a helpful reminder for me, too.

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