My mom and I spent three days in England on our little trip last month (plus a day of traveling on either side).
One day in London (see back here).
One (and a half) days in Northampton at the BBS conference (back here).
last day was my mom’s birthday (yes she came all the way to London to
be at the conference with me which meant giving up a “normal” birthday
back at home). But we sure had a good day. We spent it with my sweet
sister Saydi and her family who are living in England for six months in
this cute British house:
tried really hard not to drool too much as I was immersed in the
adventure they are having over there because oh how I would sure love to
do that, broken down cars and all…read more about what they are doing
I mean seriously, even driving is an adventure:
love driving on the wrong side of the road with the steering wheel over
there on the right. I had Saydi let me help her get out of a tight
driving spot at one point because I was itching to take a turn at the
When given a choice of anything she wanted to do
on her big day, my mom picked exploring the areas where our ancestors
are from since she’s been doing some work on that lately and we were so
But first we had a birthday breakfast and went to church.
breakfast we presented my mom with sixty-five envelopes each filled
with growing-up memories and things we love about that beautiful
birthday girl sent in earlier from all our siblings and my dad.
We had her open them one by one all day long as we passed through the most gorgeous countryside I’ve seen in a long while.
(Sorry, I didn’t realize the content of that one when I took that picture…:)
We visited all the churches we could find in the vicinities of where those ancestors were from.
It was a little bit of an adventure in and of itself to find a birthday lunch place but we did it.
This was a church where some of our ancestors were married. Charlie and Hazel posed to commemorate that “happy” day:)
mom was filled with all kinds of stories. It was fun to picture those
ancestors right where we were standing and imagine how their lives must
scouted out graves to see if by chance any of their names were there
(we didn’t find any but man alive they could very well have been some of
the ones with names rubbed off with time and moss).
This wall was definitely there when all the ancestors were:
(It’s actually a Roman ruin.)
family of nine kids we have two extra friends who we like to call
sisters because they were with us so much of our growing up and we adore
them. One of them was Saydi’s friend who happens to live in England
now as well. At the end of the day we met up with her and her cute
And she took us to this gorgeous “bluebell forest” where the bluebells were blooming everywhere you looked.
was pretty fitting since my mom’s answer to what her hobbies were when
she was in the Miss Bear Lake Pageant was “collecting purple things.”
We like to laugh about that one.
As we drove home the most gorgeous full rainbow ever glimmered at us from the sky.
The next morning we got up early and took a few forms of public
transportation to the airport where we loaded up on Hobnobs and English
then we flew right home on a flight where it somehow worked that I had
four seats to sleep on. Yes, FOUR. I felt so guilty I could hardly
stand it…until I fell asleep…
Dave was STILL in China and we all hunkered down in excited anticipation for him to get home the next day.