A midwest weekend

I'm still recovering from a whirlwind couple of days. Justin left on Sunday after church to head to Wisconsin with about twenty middle school students. Bless his heart. They would be canoeing, rock climbing, caving, sleeping in tents and on sandbars, and most importantly, not sleeping. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? They did have a great time and Justin came home looking like a dirty, crispy lobster. I made him shower immediately.

Cooper and I decided to go to Des Moines to see my family while Justin was away. I watch way to much Law & Order SVU at late hours and therefore have a hard time sleeping when Justin isn't home. It's a vicious cycle but my love for Olivia Benson is too great to stop watching ten year old reruns. But that's besides the point. This was my first time traveling out of the state by myself with a child. Thankfully my child is an angel and travels amazingly well. He watched the same Veggie Tales movie over and over but I'll take songs from a tomato and a cucumber over a screaming child any day.

We hung out with my mom, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my nephew on Sunday night. Cooper and Lincoln only get to see each other a few times a year and now that they are two and four, they are starting to have a lot of fun together:)

Before we went to Des Moines, I discovered that one of my favorite authors was going to be speaking at a church just outside of Kansas City. And Kansas City is only three hours from Des Moines. So I worked it out with my very generous mother and I was able to drive down by myself to see Jen Hatmaker speak at a ladies event. The ride down was great. A lot of people don't understand why a long drive by yourself would be so much fun but when you're a mom and a wife, when else do you get a large chunk of uninterrupted time to be alone? Exactly.

I really enjoyed hearing Jen speak and even got to chat with her for a few minutes. She's hilarious and quirky and warm and really pretty. She's a gifted communicator who's passion for the 'least' is inspiring. I'm not into idolizing people who are, well, just people, but I was nervous to talk to her. As much as we try not to 'celebratize' somehow it still happens. So dumb. I felt like an idiot after we talked and was kicking myself for NOT asking her all the questions I wanted to ask. But she was also sitting at a table with six other women so it didn't seem appropriate to hog all of her time.

I sat by myself, on purpose, and even turned down a couple of ladies who invited me to sit next to them. I know it sounds mean, but I wasn't interested in small talking with people I would probably never see again. I just wanted to embrace the evening, listen, and observe.

I left the church in Olathe, KS around 9:30pm and made the three and a half hour drive back to Des Moines. I didn't have trouble staying awake because there was so much going through my head and there still is.

Things have been the same for too long. It's time for some change.

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