I was invited to my sister in law’s baby shower – along with my mom and sister…in Nebraska. So all 3 of us along with my sister in law packed up her volkswagon mini-SUV with luggage, gifts, snacks, magazines and a leaky cooler (sorry Holly!) and at 10am on Friday we headed out of town – after stopping for coffee of course. Just 6+ hours on the road and we would be there. Lots of talking, laughing, reading, snacking, pit stops and lunch break we arrive in Lincoln Nebraska at 5:20 pm. (oh, let’s not forget the very boring drive through IOWA)!
We drive up to this beautiful breathtaking acreage…a lovely pond…amazing brick home with all types of character…bird houses and feeders…geese, wild turkeys, peacocks with their brilliant blue-green feathers, young deer and 3 hairy cute alpacas. It was the home of my sister in law’s parents. The minute you drive up you immediately feel relaxed, at ease and in awe of this amazing splendor – a creation by both man and God.
The weekend went fast – filled with talking…more laughter…wonderful food and a heart felt baby shower. But not only was it filled with socializing and bonding, but I felt rejuvenated. The hustle and bustle of busy days, kids, husband, and daily grind went away. I had two glorious mornings waking up to coffee and taking in the peacocks, turkey and deer just milling about the yard. Walks outside to visit the alpacas and collect cool feathers to bring home. And nights of good sleep with the window open – total peace – no barking dogs…no cars…loud motorcycles…airplanes flying over or the loudness of a train whistle going through town. TOTAL peace and quiet.
Our weekend ended. I felt like a new person – got part of “Jill” back that gets so easily lost in the daily grind of motherhood, working, volunteering, household hub-bub and the basic running around. We packed up the car again and headed home…complete with a bouquet of beautiful peacock feathers.
Who knew a quick weekend to Nebraska could result in new friendships, a better love of all God’s splendor and a fresh attitude…not to mention I really missed my family.