This week has been wonderful! Finishing up the journey with a Dead and Company show tonight, and head home tomorrow.
My youngest (Kyle-age 18) and I started our road trip on 5/31. We first went to Jackson, Michigan, where we lived from 2011-2015. I posted on my Facebook page that day, "Part of my heart will always live here." That is so very true. I made some lifelong friends there, and an amazing church family. My church there has grown a lot since I moved back to IL. I saw bunches of new faces! That is a wonderful thing! More people following the teachings of Jesus and living in community with one another; sharing the peace and love that comes with knowing God on a very personal level. I feel that love every single day. I want everyone to know that love!
Kyle had many amazing male role models during our years at Jaxnaz Church (First Church of the Nazarene, Jackson, MI). His two youth pastors during that time especially took a great interest in Kyle. They spent much quality time with him over the years! The time finally came that Kyle made the decision to be baptized, but he wanted his former youth pastors to do it. So, these wonderful men agreed to come to my dear friend's house and baptize Kyle Sunday afternoon. It was such a precious time! I am so thankful that God gave my family this wonderful Michigan family. We will always have a second home there! I'm actually thinking about expanding my travel nursing in a few years...spend some spring or summer months in Jackson!!
We left Jackson 6/4 and drove to Cincinnati for a Dead and Company concert. This was Kyle's first. He's not as into the music of the Grateful Dead as I am, but he looked like he had a fun time anyway. You just can't have a bad time with this crowd. There is always someone making me smile and laugh! Witty, quippy people, man. Lol. I think the boy looks pretty good in some tie dye...yes?? :-D
I would say that this must be one of the most unique vacations ever. Who else do you know that gets baptized into Christ's church one day, and introduced into the Grateful Dead family the next? Haha! Hippie Christians....it's a real genre!!!
I must talk essential oils for a bit! I brought one of my diffusers, so the hotel room smells of Joy right now. One of my favorite blends! It contains the single oils Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. Love, love, love this blend! If you want to check it out, let me know and I'll send you a few drops! This one is a definite love it or hate it kind of blend. I personally love it, my bestie Tracy hates it. So try it, and see if you love it!
Peace to y'all, and we will see you back in Illinois soon!