Friday, March 28, 2008

NC and the Awesome Families Here!

I made it! Yep, I drove 11 hours with my three children (2 two year old and a 3 year old!) all by myself! Actually, it turned out great! The kids were awesome in the car and I used my time wisely to catch up with friends from around the country. Why did I do this? Because I am an official GEEK. I left my hubby a few days early for our vacation so I could go visit my internet buddies. It's true. . and don't worry, I'm here and NONE of these girls are creepy 45 year old men! In fact, they are AWESOME! I am staying with Erin and her sweet family. . .(ps: oh my her kids are even cuter in person and have the sweetest voices you've ever heard in your life!). Yesterday, we met up with Charity and her clan. I was probably pretty scary to these kids. Seriously, I have been looking at Aries picture and praying for her since before I knew who Davis was! And Emmanuel? Well, who hasn't been praying for him and fallen in love with that sweet smile every time you see it on Charity's blog?! In fact, I kept walking up to him and hugging him throughout the day. Who knows what he said on the ride home! Aries was super quiet and I made it my goal to get her to talk to me. She also had the sweetest spirit and just loved on Gracie ALL day. It was phenomenal. You want to know who Davis loved? Igor! Charity's sweet hubby quickly became Davis' best friend for the day! What a fun day!!! I really can't even express how much fun I had just spending time with these 2 families. As Charity so eloquently put it on her blog, it is AMAZING to spend time with these families who's passions so mirror our own. . .who love and want to talk about Africa forever!
This is our amazing group shot! How fun does this look? You think we caused any confusion at the zoo? Any questioning loooks? who knows! I was having to much fun to notice!

Did I tell you again how much I love this kid?! He is SOOOO sweet. I wanted him to talk to us all day long, with that sweet Liberian english! Seriously his accent makes me ache inside. I want to go back SO bad! Gracie and her new buddy! Sweet Aries, thank you so much for loving on our Gracie.
Playing on the statues!

I swear they were both smiling a minute ago!


How cute are Antonio and Roman?

Davis and his new BFF, Igor
Brayden LOVES rhinos! He was super excited. . in fact, he even willingly (gasp) took this picture because a rhino was in it too!


Anonymous said...

Looks great..wish I was there. Miss you and looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Love the big glogger

Missy said...

looks and sounds like a blast. coming to alabama next? hhmm?

be safe and enjoy the rest of your vacation.


Jess said...

These are great, yes I sure 5, 20 somethings with that many kids got a few looks. ;)

Laura said...


FUN for new friends of all different varieties:)

By the way, could Brayden look any cuter?

Kari said...

So glad that your drive went well and that you are having a great time. You are so amazing how you almost instantly make friends. I loved all the pictures. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I am so glad you did not tell me, the worrier (by the way, Beth Moore is also a worrier!!!) you were driving with the kids by yourself for 11 hours, actually, I could have been praying for you! I am very thankful you made it safe and sound. Hug the kids for us. We miss you all and can't wait until you are back! Have a wonderful rest of your vacation!
Love, Mom and Dad Mac

Anonymous said...

Oh Brandi what fun! I am so happy you could personally meet and hang with these two families. I can only imagine the fun you are having talking about what you love and have in common. Glad your kids were so easy on your trip up. What sweet pictures of everyone too! Love, Christie

jena said...

And the return visit is scheduled for when? Love, love, loved meeting you in person.

Well Wishes my friend!

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! I finally got online and caught up on your blog and my emails today - And how happy you have made me! I am so glad to hear about your trip. You are so awesome, brandi, and I am so glad that you are getting to spend time with your "online" community!!

I miss you and I hope to talk with you soon!


Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

What a fun group of kids! I'm sure you turned a few heads. Are you making the trip back alone too? How long are gone for?

Johnson said...

too cool!