This has been an emotionally and physically exhausting week, but it was wonderful to reunite with so many of Mike's family in Arkansas. We all met in Crossett the town that Mike and his brother Daniel grew up. There are so many pictures we want to share, so today as we are finally traveling home I am sharing part 1 of our pictures.
We all kept saying how great it was to get together we just hated that it took a funeral for it all to happen. This was the first parent we have had to bury and it was truly heartbreaking for Mike. His Dad instilled a strong work ethic in him and taught him to always do the right thing. Mike will miss his Dad but we are all thankful he is in a better place.
I still have so much to share from this week. But for now, I am thankful for time with family, time to honor a man who taught my husband how to work hard, and for Jesus who has prepared a place in heaven for all who know him. What comfort at that graveside service when our hearts were breaking that Opa is truly free from his earthly body and he is with Jesus.
Sadly our trip home has been extremely eventful. We left after the meal at the church Wednesday night around 7. We drove through the Mississippi delta and drove through a scary and awful storm. Mike's phone went off saying that we were in a tornado warning. There was no safe place to stop and we had to plow ahead to get to safety. It was so scary.
We then found a hotel in Memphis to stop for the night. We had not been settled in an hour or so when Mike and I both got violently ill. Yesterday we had to stay an extra day in Memphis for Mike and I to get care at a local ER and to recover. We both were diagnosed with food poisoning and I had the extra fun of a urinary tract infection. We are limping home now ready to see our house and our own bed. God has been with us in many regards and He once again got us through the scary storms in Mississippi and landed us in a awesome hotel room right down the street from a nice hospital.
It has been an emotional and hard week but once again God's hand has guided us through the storms of the week. Blessed be the name of the Lord.