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Sunday, June 29, 2014

1200 Miles Away From Home

For months, we've known we'd be taking one last trip to TX., only this trip would be different.  We, my husband, brother and I would be moving my youngest sister back home to WI where she's already started another adventure of her life.   
The guys took care of packing and clearing out the huge shop and storage in the garage and around the yard, filling a 16 ft. trailer and the boxes and back seats of both the pick-up trucks.   My sister and I packed boxes and totes, marking each one by room, main items, etc. preparing them for the fellas to load the 26 ft. U-Haul.  She packed her car herself with her music, guitars, banjos, a mandolin, lap harp, keyboard, and a few harmonicas.  Yes, she's very talented and loves music.   
 The guys sure packed the U-Haul tight all the way to the top 26 ft. long and 8 ft. tall, and not a thing was broken by time we unpacked in WI.
 We had plenty of laughs throughout our long 9 days of packing.  I'd asked, " Hey, guys, turn around "~~~~and so they did.
 They had to hold the last mattress in place as they pulled down the door and locked it for the long haul ahead.  There was only one thing left to do, ... pick her peaches !  We gals were about to do that when we learned the guys already had them in cool storage and on the truck.  We had to thank them.  It was in the upper 90's to 100 all week with humidity so high that we were wet t-shirts immediately when we stepped out the door of the house.  We gals were grateful to be working inside most the time., and the guys never complained once.  We all got it done and
 locked and loaded, strapped down tight, we headed on the road again.
click on this photo to see the Texas smoker that her husband built several yrs. before he entered eternity.
Click Any photo for a closer image.
 We became a 4-vehicle caravan for the next 2 days and over 
1200 miles.  We were in contact with 2-way radios for the trip...the only way to keep in touch with all drivers at once.  It worked great.  I got one cell phone call to remind me to turn on the 2-way. lol
 Finally we pulled into the driveway ' at the farm ' (Mom's) where my sister stayed a couple nights until she'd closed on her new home another 13 min. away.  That's already so much better than 2 days away.  Mom's wild roses welcomed us all.
We have traveled from WI to TX and back again
with God in the bucket seats beside us, all safe and sound.  Lil Sis has traded sweltering weather, fire ants, scorpions and black widows for our state birds, these nasty mosquitoes, long, hard winters and bitter temperatures.  Everyone says, " WHY? " when she tells them she's moved back home from the south.  Her answer is always the same, " To be with my family. "  
We are so glad to have her home again.
Until next time....


Buttons said...

Oh that is so nice your sister is back home there is nothing like home.Glad all went well that is a long trip. Hug B

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow, you are an amazing and supportive and loving family! Good luck to your sister as she adjusts to living "up north!"

Bonnie K said...

There is no place like home. Sounds like a fun trip.

jack69 said...

Oh DAR, you are great with descriptions and the pictures fit perfectly. We were with you for the packing. Oh, now I wouldn't have minded picking a few peaches my self.
So glad the trip was fun and satisfying. Glad there was something to tow that trailer also... GOOD!
But the nicest thing is getting the family back into a neat package, of course there is Cher, but she ain't that far away, not like TEXAS!
Texas is big, but it will miss SIS!, I bet. Love from NC!!!

Dee said...

I felt like I was right there with you guys...hard work and a long drive...fueled by love. :) Glad your sister is getting settled.

Lucy said...

I have family in Tx. but I haven't been there in a long time. To old to travel that far. Glad you got her settled and got back home safe.