It was in the 70s while we were in Illinois! Perfect for walks and reading!
I started this post a couple weeks ago… Just when we returned from our trip to the Midwest for camping and family adventures and a celebration of America (Independence Day). My heart was feeling kinda heavy though, even as we watched fireworks and everyone donned their red white and blue
and we all whooped and hollered because the 4th is a reason to celebrate, right?!. It’s just sad to see the politics of our country be so negative and well… gross. Our own house is divided… it’s crazy. I get on facebook and see people I really love and care for spouting the most asinine things… yucky stuff that divides and attacks – and I’m talking about both sides. So anyway, I haven’t felt super proud of our democracy lately – it seems a bit broken. THEN… the police shootings happened. And at first I tried not to watch or read about it because those things make me angry and confused and I just don’t get it. I remember after the shooting in Minnesota I happened across the facebook video that had been posted. It was sad and scary and absolutely avoidable. I was laying in bed that night and I asked Matt, “why did that cop shoot that guy? There was no reason? This wasn’t one of those cases where there is some question about right and wrong, it was clearly wrong.” I’m always one to support the police, I have family and friends that are police officers so I wasn’t choosing a side – I was saddened that something very wrong had taken place. Sad, sad, sad… Cady came in a while later and said, “what’s going on in Dallas? a bunch of cops have been shot?” And I just kept laying there. I couldn’t bring myself to turn on the news or get online or anything (we live in the Dallas area, so it was especially close to home for us.). I just laid there and prayed for this crazy, wicked, broken country of ours. The next morning I watched along with everyone else as the media broke the news of the tragedy. My heart broke. And again I prayed throughout the day… what I didn’t do is listen. I just kept repeating silently, “dear God, I don’t understand. Please be with these people who have lost their love ones. Please help our country. I’m scared…” And when I was finally willing to listen God gave me an answer I didn’t ask for. He convicted me to stop with the frantic worry, intercede in prayer for these people (the innocent and the guilty) and to listen…to just be still. I need to quit trying to figure everything out and stop convincing people of what I think is right and just let God handle it. Politics, unlawful shootings, terrorist attacks, I need to remember that God is much, much bigger than these things.
So that’s why I haven’t been online much lately. I try and keep away from the negative, divisive talk and focus on other things.
And with that, on to our recent adventures.
A coworker brought me a ton of purple hull peas from their farm. We taught Milo to shell peas and he loved it. Sometimes the simplest of things are entertaining to littles! I have fond memories of front porch pea shelling as kid – if you don’t, get some.
Our 10 hour road trip went pretty well this time.
I created a map for Milo so he could get an idea of where we were and how long it would take. I think it was beneficial… Also, when all else fails, the iPad is always a winner! ha!
Cady decided that while in Missouri she would film a movie…
Matt was one of the stars. It’s a scary mockumentary about some kids that were murdered in a cornfield back in the 70s… Matt “knew” the people so he’s being interviewed. He really played into it. They planted evidence and everything.
Cady is still doing final edits, I’ll have to post a link when it’s done. I’m sure it will be hilarious and anything but scary since she interviewed a ton of family about the “corn massacre of the 70s” and they were mostly like “what the h3ll are you talking about?!” City kids…
Next up was camping in Illinois! Ninna came with us and Milo was thrilled. I’m pretty sure Ninna will do anything Milo tells her to so she is pretty much his favorite person.
Even Milo and Ninna went on a few short hikes with us!
She also taught him some bad language so he has recently learned what ivory soap tastes like. Just saying.
We chose to stay at a nice cabin that was close to a lodge this time. We knew myself, Matt and Cady would be venturing out to do some hiking/rock climbing and Milo would not be able to go. So we picked a cute place at Giant City State Park. They even had two pools, one was a kid pool that Milo loved – just the right size…
Our cabin. So cute! We will definitely stay here again. The lodge also had a restaurant so that was super convenient. We brought some food and then had our dinners each evening at the lodge.
The hiking in the Shawnee National forest is fantastic!
There are tons of rock cliffs. It was amazing. It would be really cool to go cave hiking or rock rappelling, but this girl is too sensible for all that… (scaredy cat…)
The view from our back cabin… crazy pretty, huh?!
It was a good “camping” trip. We all enjoyed it.
I have to post this pic too… This is on a road in Illinois. Is this not the most creepy barn ever?! See the weird stuffed people hanging in the barn opening? *shiver*
While back at Ninna’s house we also did all of our normal things. We thrift shopped…
We find the BEST stuff at an antique store one town over… We go there every time we visit.
We also hung out with family and of course Milo jammed with Uncle Ted.
I have so many pics of these two jammin’. Uncle Ted was in a band with Matt’s dad so he has lots of great music stories.
It was another successful trip to MO. I don’t think we’ll be going back until next summer though. I love going, but it’s a LONG time in the car. We are hoping Matt’s mom can come down here a couple times over the next year – I mean Milo doesn’t quite know all of the bad four letter words yet. LOL!! Until next time, I’ll leave you with this adorable guitarist on his grandmother’s porch.
Thanks for reading and may God bless America – we need it!