This morning Hannah cuddled up with me in the bed in the hotel room and slept soundly for almost two hours. I sure do love it. She had woken up at 7:30 – about an hour before she usually does – when Joe was getting ready for class. Last night was not the best. She went to bed at a decent time, just to wake an hour and a half later crying inconsolably. We tried nearly everything. Finally I scooped her up and headed outside and walked around the campus for a little while. She was asleep again around 11:30. Poor thing just doesn’t do great in hotel rooms. Not sure if it’s the room itself, that we are in it too and the activity throws her off, or if it’s the pack-n-play. It’s fine. Two more nights before we are home, James. How lovely that will be.
So, here we are in Kentucky. It’s been an eventful week. This time last week, Hannah and I were headed to Savannah. We went out to dinner to celebrate Sarah’s (Joe’s sister) new job as assistant principal of her school in Atlanta. We are so excited for her! Friday morning we drove with Mama up to Banner Elk, North Carolina for the Jeffcoat-Gnann Family Reunion #66. Joe drove over from Kentucky (not a short drive) to partake in the madness that is my family reunion. Saturday morning we had breakfast outside at a little cafe and got to watch the Tour (Joe hadn’t gotten to watch all week). The weather was gorgeous. We spent lots of time in and around the pool, playing games, and catching up with everyone, most of whom we hadn’t seen in a year. It was a great weekend and I think Hannah thoroughly enjoyed herself. One of my favorite memories will be her sudden bizarre behavior as we started taking family pictures. She flapped her arms uncontrollably and yelled at the top of her lungs…in almost every shot. Priceless. She will be picked on forever for that I have a feeling… It was fun introducing her to the family!
Sunday we went to Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, the church my family started and built. It was very neat to see the history behind it all. We then headed to Georgetown, Kentucky to my sweet friend Beth’s house. We spent one night with her (and husband, Phillip) there and then relocated to Wilmore, where Asbury (seminary) is. So here we are, Thursday. Joe is almost done with these two courses. After completing the post-class work, it’ll be time for him to begin his dissertation! He has put so much dedication, heart and soul into his work and this program. I am so proud of him.