Ever since moving away from Iowa in January 2007 we have been meaning to go back and visit. Every summer we have wanted to, but it just didn't work out. So this summer I put my foot down -- and although the week we were able to go didn't coincide with either the Iowa State Fair or the Nauvoo Pageant, we decided to go anyway. You'll have to forgive all of these landscape shots from the way out there, but a desert Idaho girl can't believe that you can find all this green and flowers at a rest stop along the way!
Our first stop was the Meyers'. I met Amy at the breastfeeding support group at Mercy Hospital where we had both delivered our babies. I had decided I had to get out of the house and find ways to meet people that wasn't just at church. Tobyn and Ellie were just a few weeks apart, and Amy and I ended up becoming good friends. We may be about 10 years apart but I swear it seems like we're long lost sisters! Amy is the friend that I attended Luther Bible Study at her church house. That was a neat experience that I look back on, too. So, this house is where we spent many, many play dates. She's had AudriElla since we left so there were plenty of kids here for her to play with. The other fun thing was talking with her older daughter from her first marriage about Twilight - heh, I never thought that would be happening :-) I think one thing Ellie loved about this trip is everywhere we stayed was somewhere new, but the people at each house already loved her, even though she didn't remember from when.
Now that was a hard thing to do!
In conclusion, we decided we miss Iowa and our friends there desperately! We would love to be able to make a move back there someday - and even if that isn't in the cards we sure hope we can see the people and friends from there that make it so special.