October 2008


The night before we left for Indiana our wonderful Sunday school class had a party for the three of us. It was wonderful getting together with all of our friends and being able to hang out with everyone before we left. They had a prayer time for us and the kids all brought cards for Anna with their pictures. She put all of the pictures in an album that one of our friends gave her. She loves looking at all the pictures and cards. It was great having such a fun activity to take our mind off of all of the stress of leaving town for four months and Jack’s transplant.

Anna and Hannah at the party.

Anna and Hannah at the party.

So we made it to Washington D.C. on Wednesday night. It was such a pretty drive through the mountains in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with the fall leaves. It was a really long day since we got started late. Jack had to take care of some business for the Army and then as we were sitting in my Dad’s driveway ready to back out and head down the road the office assistant for our Congresswoman’s office called and said she got us an appointment to tour the White House. She said it was very unusual since it was so last minute but they had a friend in the White House who arranged it for them. Yeah! Jack was super excited. We ended up waiting a while longer at my Dad’s house for an email from the Congresswoman’s office and then headed to D.C.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

We stayed in Alexandria during our visit because the hotels were so much cheaper and decided instead of driving into D.C. everyday we would take the metro. So on the first day we had an adventure figuring out where to catch the bus that would take us to the metro and then how to purchase tickets at the metro. We must have looked incredibly confused because the metro attendant came running over and helped us. He was a wonderful man who was genuinely willing to help and you could see he enjoyed his job. So with metro ticket in hand we headed to the White House. We arrived somewhat early so we stopped in at the White House visitor’s center which is a must see. Then we went on to the White House where we met a wonderful young lady who led us on our tour once we made it through security. She was wonderful and attempted to get Anna interested in the history of some of the presidential kids but Anna was kind of moody that morning and did not seem to enjoy it as much as we had hoped she would. She did like hearing about how one of the President’s daughters roller skated so much in one of the rooms the floors had to be replaced twice during his four years of Presidency.

During the afternoon we went to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. This was a favorite for all of us. We learned all about George Washington and his family. He was an amazing man.

George Washington's Family

George Washington's Family

Road Trip

Road Trip

So we were all ready to leave for Jack’s transplant on Saturday, October 11th. We planned to spend a week with family in Indiana and drop off Anna before heading for Nashville. However, on Thursday two days before the day we were to leave the doctor calls and says we are pushed back a week. So what are we to do now…do we sit around the house for a week with all of our stuff already packed or in the mail? No, we decided FAMILY VACATION! We really needed a family vacation since everywhere we had been the last two years was either for doctor appointments or for the Army. We decided to leave on Sunday and head to Indiana, spend a day resting at my Dad’s house there and then drive to Washington D.C. I went to Washington as a teenager with my family, but Jack has never been and has talked about how he would like to go someday. It is only 9 hours from Indiana so what a perfect time to go. Let the adventure begin!

So I have finally made it to the world of blogging. I have been thinking about it for a while. I love reading other mom’s blogs who homeschool and thought it is such a great way to document and show family members what the kids are doing in school along with ideas.

¬†Well this blog will be a hodgepodge of what is going on in our lives. It will consist of our family activities, homeschool activities and what is going on with Jack’s health.

Our Family

Our Family