Steve and I left
Boiling Springs, South Carolina.. my grandsons first area.
Steve at Elder Kelly Harper's first apartment on his mission
SONIC. . My first diet cherry limeade in 18 months
Fireworks stores everywhere. . .
We awoke on Tuesday to sunshine and were so happy.. It would probably be our longest day as we crossed the rest of
, Mississippi and Alabama .. Loved it when we hit Texas , the landscape was wide open and really pretty.. Loved being able to see beyond the sides of the road.. Steve was giving me a tutorial in roadside billboards.. Since he is in the field of marketing, he was showing me the good ones and those that were to hard to read as you drove by at 75 mph. As we crossed the border into Alabama , I was surprised at how green it was and that it wasn't completely flat. We saw an ostrich walking down the road and long horn cattle..which were both really fun to see.. We smelled the oil fields when we got close to them.. the smell of sulfur is so strong.. It was dark by the time we neared Texas , where we were staying that night and we could see hundreds of red lights in the distance surrounding us as we drove. We couldn't figure out what they were, so when we stopped for gas we asked and found out they were the oil derricks in the oil fields. We ate and settled in for the night and I was so tired, I didn't even read that night.. Odessa
This is what I call a fully packed car
a packed car top carrier
We saw lots of trailers bringing their race cars to Phoenix for the upcoming race
Oil fields all over west Texas
Our Mascot "Dash".. Steve got him for Alli at the Good Will in Boiling Springs
Getting closer to home.. I see yucca plants
Wednesday would be our last day of driving.. Our GPS said we would arrive at my home at .. We still had a little of
to go through then Texas and finally New Mexico .. As we neared Arizona the road runs right along the border and we could see New Mexico and parts of it looked like the part of Mexico my grandson served on his mission.. In Peru we ate at another favorite of the food network chef Rick Baily.. Chicos Tacos.. rolled tacos served in a spicy sauce.. very good but definitely different. Then we were on our way home.. Las Cruces
My family all met me at my condo when we arrived and had my car and car top carrier unpacked in a matter of minutes.. So good to see everyone and get my hugs from everyone. It was really good to be home and really weird too.. As a senior missionary, we did things on our own, so being alone wasn't the problem.. it was just unreal being here in
Thursday I met with my stake president, President Rizley to have my exit interview and be released from my mission. I didn't think that I would be emotional, but when he said that I could take off my missionary badge, I did tear up..
I have been cleaning and organizing and unpacking and getting thing back in order.. I heard there were a couple of the huge haboob dust storms while I was gone and they left a fine layer of dust on everything.. so I am constantly cleaning and wiping things down. It is starting to look like home again.
Saturday I had my first outing since getting home.. I went to the Phoenix Marathon to see my son Steve race.. He did a great job and it was a very fun event.. thousands of people and lots of booths and interactive things to do. A tradition with Steve and marathons is to go to Cafe Rio after the race..so off we went. A great day..
Steve & Scott Brady running in the Phoenix Marathon
The finish line
Lots of booths and fun interactive things to do
It was very fun to see everyone today at church.. so many hugs and many told me of some of their favorite things from my letters.. The ward had really grown and there were so many new people, that I didn't know. But so many I did know and was happy to see again.
Sunday evening we had our monthly family get together and dinner.. I just love these evenings when we all get together and spend some quality family time, to catch up and share what is going on in each of our lives
This will be my last letter, so I'll say "Until we meet again"......