Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trip to Milwaukee...December

Just before New Year's, we headed to Milwaukee for a few days. The holidays were very strange this year ... my sister, Gretchen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was quite a shock, as I'm sure it usually is for most families ... but our faith in God is strong, and we trust HE is in control. So we've been pulling together and rallying around her, trying to help, even all the way from Michigan.

And Nate's grandma Alice has not been doing well. So we made a trip to visit a LOT of family and spread a LOT of love!! Rhy and I ended up staying at Gret's through New Years, while the boys drove home. We came home on the train the following Wednesday. That way, I was able to help out with Sydney and Ree, during her second surgery.

The train-ride home was super fun. Rhy had never been on a train before, so she was EXCITED. The Grand Hall in Chicago, really made an impression on her. (I love the photo with her walking in, with her head tilted back in awe.) She felt like she was in Hogwarts. :) She got a little nervous, when we got on the late train, headed into St. Joseph ... it was a double decker, and we sat on the top ... but to get to the dining car, we had to walk all the way to the end of the train, "hopping" between cars, in that rickety midsection that always feels like it's about to pull apart. She squeezed my hand for dear life, and followed along, with a little squeak of fear ... but by the end, she was doing it like a pro! :) And the idea of buying snacks and then going back to our seats and eating them, was such fun to her! We had a blast!!
car buddies

The girls gave Ree a makeover

In Chicago!!

Biggest Christmas Tree EVER ... look how small Rhy is!

The Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago

With Marilyn ... cause we HAD to... ;)

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