The Prairie State

Today has been so fun. After a fabulous morning of sleeping in, I started the day by pouring a mug of coffee and reading chapter 9 of Nehemiah. The house was quiet and the air felt summery. I was pretty delighted.
After a bit, my friend’s parents-in-law returned and invited me to tag along to go pick up a piece of furniture across town. It was so nice to spend time with them driving through the fields and small towns that make up this part of the country. I took lots of pictures.

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When we got back, I ate lunch and then went to spend the afternoon with my friend’s kind sister-in-law, Bekah. We went to two thrift shops and I got a lot of things, including a blanket that has a cow farm scene woven into it. I paid three dollars for it which was pretty much a victory. We then went to a little cafe where I had a delicious coconut flavored drink. It was basically all things good in a cup. We then went to a candy store where I got gummy bears. White ones are the best. We ate our candy in the town square which was quaint and lovely.

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We ended the excursion with a trip to good ol’ Target. Enough said.

When we got back, we enjoyed sweet tea and thin crust pizza on the patio with the family. They are seriously wonderful. While we were finishing our meal, I saw a bit of light through the trees and asked if it was the sunset. Today wasn’t very sunny so I hadn’t expected to see a sunset, but I asked anyway. When they answered yes, I said “Then why are we sitting here?!” and we all excitedly piled into the car and took off to a place where we could get a better view of it. For thirty or so minutes, I felt all warm and fuzzy and my heart was overflowing. Sunsets are my thing. I absolutely love them and this one was stunning. God placed it there for us and it was the most perfect way to end today. I took a ton of pictures of it and then tried to capture it in my mind too because I’ve heard that midwestern sunsets are incredible and particularly special. When the sun sank and the streaks of color darkened in the sky, we headed back to the house to play games.

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After a few games and a fun trip to Kroger, we just got back and now it’s time to pack up for the road trip tomorrow. I’m really enjoying this trip and am very grateful for a fun full day today.

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