After a few days, it was time to take Emeri and Elijah back to Arkansas to their mommy and daddy. I could have kept them, but I don't think their parents would have been too happy about that!
About an hour out, we made a stop at that one rest area on 400 that borders the Flint Hills. Just as we were headed into the restrooms, I noticed this one lady behind me. She looked so very famliar.
It was Tammy, a girl who went to school with me my junior and senior years when I came to the States. She went to kindergarten all the way through highschool with Al at Pretty Prairie. What are the chances of running into an old school chum at a rest area?! Their son plays at Pittsburg State and they had just been to a game and were on their way home.
The children enjoyed the freedom from their car seats.
It was lunch time and Eli suggested we eat our lunch here; so that is just what we did!
Then they ran some more.
They needed to get their wiggles out - there was still 4 more hours to drive to get home!
They were so happy to see mommy and daddy! After many hugs and a nice bath, we walked next door to Grammie and Beebop's house for a wonderful feast! (yes, "Beebop" is the nick name for their grandpa!)
Grammie was talking with Emeri about the feast we will have one day in heaven and she didn't know what a feast meant. So Grammie had told her that when we got back from Kansas, she would prepare a feast. And it was!! Beebop grilled salmon, chicken and tuna. There was an array of other delicious foods too. And all by candlelight (even though it was daylight. Still felt so very special to us!)
And the kids were delighted with their new pet bunny that Josh and Staci picked up in Little Rock at their cousins!
We had a wonderful time and hopefully will be able to do it again!