As you know, youngest daughter and I drove from our home in California to Utah to attend Education Week at BYU. What you probably didn't know was that John drove up with youngest son on Friday of that week. Youngest son stayed in Utah for school. John, youngest daughter, and I participated in what I will dub, "The Moving Miracle," as we helped oldest daughter move from Utah to Seattle, where she is starting law school.
|Photo: Oldest daughter standing next to the sign for the School of Law at the University of Washington|
Why is this "The Moving Miracle?" Well, first a bit of contrast: When John rode up with youngest son to Utah, the Chevy Aveo they drove contained John, youngest son, one other person, John's bags, the other person's bags, and all of youngest son's stuff (with the exception of his bike, which I took up in the van.) Youngest son is definitely a minimalist. We're not sure where he got it, but it certainly makes relocation easy.
Oldest daughter, on the other hand, has a few more earthly possessions. The Moving Miracle is that we were able to fit all of her things--with the exception of the cat tree (sorry, Leela and Eisley)--into a Kia Optima and a Toyota Prius. Once we unloaded everything into a storage unit in Seattle, we were even more impressed. How in the world did all this stuff fit into the vehicles? (And don't forget that we also had suitcases and cats that didn't get put into storage!)
|Photo: Oldest daughter's possessions, tightly packed into a 5x5x8 storage unit|
The other part of The Moving Miracle is that oldest daughter actually found an apartment in Seattle that is close to campus, within her budget, pet-friendly, and available!
Thankfuls: Thanks to my daughter-in-law's parents for allowing my daughter and her cats to stay with them for the week before the apartment is available. Thanks for The Moving Miracle. Thanks for the opportunity oldest daughter has to pursue law school.
We broke up the drive from Utah to Washington, stopping at a motel in Idaho, then we stayed two nights at my parent's house. The drive was smoky through Utah, Idaho, and Oregon, due to massive wildfires. When we left Oregon and headed to Washington, we left youngest daughter with my parents.
|Photo: Very smoky skies along the Columbia River, with a bridge faintly visible|
|Photo: Bright yellow sunset in pink smoky skies. Fir trees in foreground.|
Thankfuls: Thanks for firefighters, who bravely battle huge fires. Thanks for parents who welcome family.
Monday, we drove to Seattle. Monday morning, oldest daughter learned that yes, indeed, she would be able to stay with our daughter-in-law's family. Monday morning, she reserved a storage unit. Monday morning, the apartment manager called and scheduled a showing of the apartment for Monday evening. Monday morning, I started breathing sighs of relief, when I realized that there was a plan in place. Monday evening, after oldest daughter and her things were dropped off, John and I started a vacation.
We stayed close to the Seattle Temple that night, and spent time in the temple the next morning. The Seattle Temple is “our” temple: the place we were married, and the place our adopted children were sealed to us. It is also the place our son and his wife were married. It was nice to return again.
|Photo: John and I in front of the Seattle Temple|
Thankful: for temples in general, and the Seattle Temple in particular.
The next few days we stayed on the Kitsap peninsula and had fun exploring the area. We enjoyed seafood (there is nothing comparable to Dungeness crab!), visited a county fair, and soaked up the water views. When we finally had to head back to Oregon, we took the long way home, via the Olympic peninsula, and hiked in the Hoh Rain Forest.
|Photo: Peaceful sunset over Puget Sound, with boats docked in foreground|
|Photo: Expansive Pacific Ocean, under a bright cloudy day.|
After another night at my parents' house, we (including youngest daughter) started home. We spent Friday night at John's brother's house. Today we visited with oldest son and his wife, then finished the drive home.
Thankful: The chance to see so many relatives these past two weeks: John's parents; John's aunt; my parents; my grandma; John's brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew; almost all of our children and our daughter-in-law.
Additional thankfuls: My friends who watched Drexel in our absence. Willow is now in phase 4 (of 8!) of guide dog training. Wear-all-the-time glasses that make life easier and clearer. And, of course, John!
How about you? Is your summer still a whirlwind of activity, or are you back to the 3-months-between-oil-changes schedule? No matter how hectic (or not), what are you thankful for this week?
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