First of all, you guys are so amazing. I don’t deserve you. I’m humbled by your sweet comments and that you care enough to follow along. It still amazes me every time one of you comments on a post of mine. I adore each of you and I appreciate you making me feel special, when I’m just little old me!
But I made it. I’m in one piece, the car is great and it was a beautiful day. Who could ask for anything more? Maybe a donut for my sore toosh from sitting in the car for 17 hours over the past 2 days! (*smile*)
I crossed 7 states to arrive here: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan on Sunday. Then I continued on this morning by crossing in to Ohio, Pennsylvania and finally, Maryland. I’m whipped.
Some of you may be scratching your heads wondering why I would choose to drive. For one, by the time I made the decision to come, the price for a flight was way over our budget. Second, I honestly don’t mind driving. I like experiencing the road, the terrain and seeing other Americans as they live. Call me crazy, but I enjoy a good road trip. Not to mention it was much needed alone, quiet time.
In fact, one of the wonderful things I like about being on the road is when you see a sign that intrigues you, you can follow it. Today I saw a sign in Pennsylvania that read “United Flight 93 Memorial”. It took me one hour out of my way (round trip), but it was so worth it. I may never go this way again and I needed to see it.
The rural land where Flight 93 crashed is now a National Park and from the entrance, the memorial is still a 3 mile drive to get up to it and the scenery is simply breathtaking:
There were a lot of other photo opportunities, but I just didn’t feel right taking them. It was hard to be there and it brought out all of the emotions of that horrific, terrifying day and I have a new found sadness for the passengers and families of the passengers of that flight, not to mention the folks in the town that witnessed it happen right before their eyes. It’s, frankly, too much to bear. May they rest in peace and my prayers are with their families as I think of them today with deep sympathy.
But why did I come all this way? To Maryland, that is? I am in Ellicott City, Maryland to attend Day 2 of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer Training tomorrow with Marian Parsons (a/k/a Miss Mustard Seed) herself! I’m thrilled I was able to be here and I’m super excited to meet her in person and hear all that she and Jennylyn Pringle and Abbe Doll have to say. Not to mention all of the other fabulous retailers from around the country that came for this training. It’s going to be amazing. And the best part is, it doesn’t stop there. There will be more to come this week . . .
. . . and I will share more with you tomorrow (including fabulous photos from our training day) . . . I need to go walk around and stretch these legs!
P.S. A giant thank you to my supportive husband for being the No. 1 person to encourage me to take this trip. If it wasn’t for his push, I would not have come. Thank you for holding down the fort while I’m gone and taking such good care of our precious kiddos!
P.S.S. I giant thank you to all of the families out there for holding down the forts so all of us could all be here! Major applause to you from all of us!