This blog also posted on the New JKWoodring.
Tomorrow Kristine and I are departing from Little Rock, Arkansas to go visit family in various parts of Indiana. The trip is anywhere from 8 to 10 hours, and will probably take even longer with a newborn. However, not taking this trip would mean not getting to go up again until close to Christmas. This coming week is my Spring break, as well as break from the elementary school I work at. Also, Kristine is still on maternity leave. Once she goes back to work, she'll have to rebuild her payed time off before we can take another trip, not to mention Niah will travel easier now than when she's older, probably sleeping most of the way. Now is the only real opportunity to go.
Our motivation for going is simple: to show off the newest member of our family. Timothy, my brother, has yet to see his adorable niece in person. Amanda and Andy (my sister and brother-in-law and by choice) are going to be leaving for England, and we'd like to see them before they head out of country. Kristine's grandparents also have yet to see there great granddaughter. The people at Landmark Baptist Church and Hebron Baptist Church are anticipating seeing us (moreso Niah I think). Then there's our closest friends. People from around the area, including Kristine's best friend Erin Allen and her family (and our friends) Josh and Cammryne.
Sure, there are other things we're looking forward to; the flatlands draped in cornfields, the churches previously mention, Steak 'n' Shake, and always Penn Station. Family and friends trump them all, though.
I'm looking forward to this trip. I can't wait to see everyone. It'll be yet another adventure in the book of my life. For the next chapter, you'll have to stay tuned.