Day Four was all about relaxing. We hung out at my sister-in-law's home for the whole day. The older children explored the Nebraska countryside by walking the country roads, laying in grassy fields, watching corn being planted, and flattening pennies on railroad tracks. North Platte has the largest railroad changing yards in the country. Over 100 trains go through it daily and all carrying coal. That is something we just do not see on the West Coast since there are no coal minds or coal burning facilities.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood and a drive around the older part of town. All in all the day was filled with great fellowship, wonderful food, and new memories.
We found out that the van would be up and running by noon on Thursday. I was kind of hoping for nine in the morning but they were still waiting for parts. So, Goose and I took my sister-in-law's van and drove the three hours west to North Platte to pick up the van and trailer. By 1pm we were back on the road and headed back east to pick up Brown Sugar and Lil' Cowboy who had stayed with Eric's family. The three older girls had left early that morning to get to Peoria so that they could attend a baseball game with the rest of the families of our Presbytery.
Goose and I drove from York, NE through Iowa and into Peoria, IL finally arriving at about 2am. We actually would have arrived earlier but we were missing a few instructions on how to get to their house. So, after almost two hours of driving around Peoria we finally got someone on the phone that could help us get the info that we needed.
A lot of miles were driven on Day Five so my children all went to the wildlife preserve without me. And, this is where I leave off for the time being...on the McDonald's porch enjoying the pond, the breeze, the horse grazing on the other side of the pond, and the birds singing. I feel very fortunate and yet very undeserving.
Tonight we enjoy the ordination of the new elders to our Presbytery. Dr. RC Sproul Jr will be giving the sermon. Then, it is a wonderful dinner and old world dance after. The girls are all dressing up in their regency dresses and the boys are doning their best. I will write later about and hopefully post some great pictures. ~Lazyd