THE FAMILY WITH OUR HOSTESS JEANNIE...
I SO BADLY WANTED A PICTURE OF HELMUTT... YES HELMUTT, THE OLD GERMAN MAN WHO COOKS THE FOOD, HE'S PROBABLY 80 WITH THESE VERY LARGE BLACK SQUARE GLASSES... SUCH A CUTE LITTLE OLD FELLA, SO FITTING FOR THE NIGHT CAP INN.
THE FISH AND POTATO PANCAKES ARE TO DIE FOR.
AN UNEXPECTED NIGHT AT THE HAMPTON INN:)
We had to get that fish fry in one way or another:) So we decided to hit the Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra, on our way out of town. That way we could drive through the night, easy for the kids, not so easy for the parents, but we could save the money of having to eat a couple of meals on the road. Even though we got to the fish fry place at 4:30 we still had to wait 45 minutes. Truthfully we have waited hours before... it is that good. It is always worth it and Dad even paid for the crew... Thanks Pops. (Heres a little funny about my dad, after dinner he asked both our waitresses if either of them had any friends that were pregnant and didn't want to keep their babies, that we would adopt it. One actually works for the county health dept. and said there are lots of her clients that frankly have children, but probably shouldn't have. She said she would keep her eyes out. My dad gave her his card. Then on the way out the door, he said to Greg and I, "I think I will start combing the college campuses to get us a baby." Knowing my dad, you never know he just might:) My dad will talk to anyone, anytime, about pretty much anything. He is a good communicator... but sometimes it is a little funny. I remember my friend Rebecca telling me that my dad told her, actually warned her more about dating than her parents ever did:) You have to love my dad.
So we hit the road around 7:00, that would put us home around 7:00am. Greg was driving, I was sleeping. I woke up around 12:45am, we were just outside of St. Louis. We talked for a bit and I specifically remember him saying that we were making such good time:) Famous last words. Around 1:00 am we blew a tire. He tried for an hour to get the spare off so we could at least get off the road... where semi's were blowing by at 70mph. (I don't get why they don't move over at last, it was pretty scary, I made the kids get out of the car and sit on the feeder road.) The spare just wouldn't come off. So we grabbed just a few things, and headed walking down the very dark feeder road at 2:00am. We only had to walk 1 1/2 miles... to find a hotel. Thank the Lord, it could have been so much worse. We could have been in the middle of no where. The kids were amazing troopers.
The next morning Greg and Louis got up early and walked back down there, 2 police officers stopped to help. Even them and the tow truck fella couldn't get it off. So $110 for the tow truck and $140 later for tires, $90 for a hotel... we were on the road. So much for saving money on the way home:) The guy at Walmart had to literally break some plastic thing to get the spare off. So the boys road the rest of the way home with the tire between them... just in case.
I know in the big scheme of things it is incredibly minor. We were just so thankful to be back in Ok. safe and sound. Sunday we had the ordination service for our friends the Tiews from the Seminary.... beautiful service and wonderful dinner afterwards. Congratulations Tiews crew... we are so happy you are serving so close to us. What an answer to prayer!