Saturday December 20th J and I did chores and drove to Pierre. We met up with our good friends the Puffer’s and toured the parade of Christmas trees displayed at our State Capital. Afterwards we went out for a good steak and watched the kids swim.
Sunday morning J headed home and I pointed the station wagon south.
I arrived at my folks’ house early Sunday afternoon and spent the week with them. December 22, Mom and I went to a University of Nebraska Extension seminar on bull buying at the Hoffman Ranch. While at home I made sure to visit Grandma, Uncle Bill and Aunt Janet as well as neighbor Tom.
Mom, Dad and I went to Aunt Betty and Uncle Leon’s the afternoon of Christmas Day. We had a delicious meal and great visit. It was good to catch up with cousins (three of their five children were home) and meet their little ones.
The day after Christmas found me back on the road; this time heading east. I made it to Sister’s house in time to eat dinner and help Kolby do afternoon sheep chores. While there I helped with housework, cooking and laundry. Sunday afternoon I went to Des Moines to meet Miles.
This is the status Sister posted on Facebook December 20th: “They say the best things come in little packages. Miles joined us Thursday afternoon, 7 weeks early, 4.7 lb., 18.1 in. We’re going to be in Des Moines in the NICU for a few weeks, and are completely overwhelmed by the support of family and friends. We can’t say THANK YOU enough or get enough of our little blessing. Kolby and I are completely in love.”
Sister is staying at a Ronald McDonald House near the hospital. I stayed with her on Sunday night and was very impressed by the support, generosity and care from those at the House and NICU.
As of yesterday Miles weighs 5 lbs. He has been nursing a bottle for the last few days and is now up to three bottle feedings a day.
Tuesday I was up early and had my car packed and warming up ready for a 5:30 am departure. After grabbing a cuppa-joe I went to leave only to find Molly staring at me and the car door locked. Lucky for me a good friend of Mick and Kolby’s knows how to enter locked cars. I was on the road much later than I had planned, but that’s life. I had a safe trip and was home to eat supper with J.
My odometer read 1,578 miles; that’s a lot of windshield time! I’m glad I had good roads, a little dog to keep me company and the lady in my phone to help me drive in Des Moines.
Between unpacking, pecking away at little household tasks, and chores I have adjusted back to life as normal. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to take this trip. The love of family and fun we share with friends, along with the awareness of realizing how blessed I really am is refreshing.