A little over one month after we returned from our trip to the US, and I am finally getting around to blogging about our last stop, to visit Nathan's family in Southern Illinois. We love traveling to Salem any chance we get, everything from visits with family and friends, amazed with how much the boys remember when we return for visits and their love for the area, the peaceful nature trail, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and just being in the country.
And for all the times I have been coming here since 2009, this was my first springtime visit! I instantly fell in love with these yellow flowers that were blooming in all the fields...to find out they are weeds, ha! I didn't care weed or flower, they were beautiful and made me happy.
Grandpa and Grandma P. had a bike with training wheels in their garage from when the Jolliff's were in town, and it got a lot of use during our visit too.
And the boys did lots of swinging.
Benjamin enjoyed playing baseball in the yard until the sun went down, any day he could.
The crops have not been planted yet, and there are still remnants of the corn harvest from the fall. The boys and grandpa did some field walking and corn stalk whacking.
Love the sunsets...I did not wake up for any sunrises on this trip, but they are just as beautiful.
Grandma had some new books for the boys. They really liked this one...'Waiting is not easy.' No it is not!
Another day, Mark and Betty took the boys to the St. Louis science museum, while Nathan and I went to a doctor appointment. They spent about half of a day there, and said they easily could have stayed hours longer. It looked like such a great place for the boys to explore, imagine, and be creative.
And we were lucky enough to play in some rain that evening.
And some puddles too....
Boys will be boys....and I wouldn't change a thing about it!
And it literally is see you soon, because today I am meeting them in Chicago on my way back from a business trip in DC, and we are flying to Jordan together! They are staying with us for the next couple of weeks, and then going to visit Elizabeth and their family. Next post from Jordan...with grandpa and grandma P. I have missed Nathan and the boys very much the past 2.5 weeks, and I am ready to get home to them! Please pray for safe travels for all of us today and tomorrow.