We spent 12 wonderful days with my (Mel’s) brother, Matt, and family. It was entirely God’s timing being with them at this point on our trip. With my unexpected heart issues, we knew the kids were safe and well taken care of with their uncle, aunt, and cousins when I had various doctor appointments. Thankfully, most of our time was not taken up with doctor and hospital visits. We really got time to just enjoy being with my family; time that doesn’t happen often enough due to geographical distance. Josh shared some photos from our first few days with them. Here are quite a few more!
We talked (so many good conversations!), cried, laughed, played games, wrestled,
visited Uncle Matt’s school (where he teaches P.E.),
cooked with Aunt Christie,
enjoyed walks and playground time on nice days,
watched my nephew, Austin’s, soccer game while my niece, Brooklynn, practiced her gymnastic skills on the side lines,
rode a ferris wheel and bowled at a crazy big sporting goods store,
attended church and finally got some nice family and cousin pictures,
ate some Kansas City BBQ,
and went on a couple adventures to downtown to Union Station, Kaleidoscope again (see our last post about that), and the local art museum that had an outdoor glass maze (we walked away with a few bumps on our heads!)
and ended our time celebrating my nephew, Brendan’s, upcoming 20th birthday (which we somehow missed getting a group picture at the restaurant but at least I got a picture with the man-child 😉 ).
As always, the time flew by way too fast and it was hard to say goodbye.
I really wish we lived closer. Hopefully, some day, God willing.