Let's begin with the good news. We're home. We're safe, we're alive, our van worked great, and our home is still standing (mostly).
It was an okay drive home. There's some wild weather in the country right now and we saw a lot of it. We didn't see any tornadoes, but we had a LOT of wind, rain, and snow.
We listened to books on tape-- the most popular being some world history CDs.
We finally got home around 7:20pm. We like long car rides together, but 15 hours is too much.
Okay, are you ready for the bad news. Our neighbors had told us the fence between our homes got blown down in a wind storm earlier in the week.
That's kind of a bummer, but this next little surprise was downright unpleasant to discover.
What a mess.
We'll see how long it takes to get everything fixed up. It looks to me like it's going to be a pretty big project. I'll not complain too much, since I may end up with new carpet when it's all said and done. I suppose I'll trade a mildew smell now for a new carpet smell in the future. Just kind of a hassle for a while.
But it was a wonderful trip. I'm so grateful for the many people who made such an event possible. And now I am extremely happy to arrive home safely to a mostly standing house.