We’re back! Faith and I are taking a last-minute trip (at least by my standards of planning) out to the Centennial State.
We’re going to visit Faith’s brother (Ian), his wife (Abby), and their twin boys (Jesse and Micah). We’ve talked about visiting them for a long time, and it’s never quite happened. However, they’re moving to a different state soon, so it was now or never.
I actually met Ian, who’s my age, a while before I met Faith; we attended App State at the same time. Faith and Abby (sometimes Abby Jean to avoid confusion with Faith’s sister of the same name) were good friends in college. Their twins are two years old.
Short of a FaceTime call with Ian and Abby last night, we’re embarking with little-to-no plans, which will be a new experience. Those who know me know that I sufficiently (some might say excessively) plan everything, so maybe a change of pace will be nice. The general hope is to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, maybe see a national park (or two), eat some good food, and spend time with family. We’re planning to stay about a week.
I’ve never been to Colorado before, so it will be nice to check that off my list of states. Faith has visited the area before, but didn’t spend a tremendous amount of time there. Our base of operations will be Colorado Springs; we’ll see if we stay in that area or venture farther out.
We fly out tonight from CLT on a very late flight, so it might be several days before I post again. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to do a day-by-day blog, or just hit the highlights in some summary posts.
Before I forget, I’ll provide a quick life update:
Faith and I bought our first home! We signed a purchase contract on a new-construction townhome in Boone in November, and we closed at the end of May. We’d been on a wait list with the builder for over two years, and finally were able to secure a spot. Fortunately, that meant none of the usual Boone real estate nightmares, like bidding wars or overnight purchase decisions. I guess that made the considerable wait time worthwhile.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve spent most of our free time either making decisions about the house, moving, or preparing to move. We’re very thankful to be in the new place, but there’s still a lot of work remaining!
Faith’s sister Abby got married the weekend before we closed, and I was the wedding photographer – a first for me. Here are a few photos:
Otherwise, life is pretty much normal. Both sides of the family are doing well. We hope to travel quite a bit this fall, in short bursts. For now, it’s off to the Rocky Mountains!