There’s a magical weekend every October – Ouachita Baptist University’s Homecoming. And more importantly – Tiger Tunes. I love it. I just love it. I love being back on campus. I love watching Tunes. I love Arkansas in the fall (or anytime). And I LOVE being with my friends. A few months ago my very generous mom offered to drive to Arkansas with me for this special weekend, so that I could do all of the above and she could help out with Henry. I jumped on that! We booked a hotel in North Little Rock and I counted down the days.
I’m not sure what I expected as far as a road trip with a baby. I think I honestly thought he’d sleep most of the way and we’d just stop somewhere in the middle so that he could eat and be back on our way. Ha! That may have been the case the first couple of months, but he’s so curious and active now. He knew he was stuck in the car seat, and he was not happy. It wasn’t horrible, just don’t expect me to make a trip with Henry anytime soon via car. (Or plane, because that’s expensive.) He was so happy to be at the hotel crawling around. In addition to Henry’s first road trip, he also had his first upset tummy. We think it was a bad reaction to rice cereal. He was unusually fussy and didn’t sleep well.
Despite all of that it was a great weekend. A couple of weeks ago in our home group we talked about things that stir our affection for the Lord. Trips are one of those things for me. Time away from home always refreshes my soul. Especially trips to Arkansas. Little Rock is like home to me without all the responsibility. I find it hard to rest here because I always have something to cross off on my to do list, but in Little Rock I can hang out and just be. When people ask me why I chose to go to Ouachita the only answer is God. It wasn’t my first pick, but I felt a strong tug towards that place. And it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The Lord blessed me with the most incredible friends there. My friends from OBU are such an encouragement to me. And it was good to be back with a lot of them. This trip was so, so good for my heart.
It was fun to show Henry off, too. He’s pretty cute, guys. I think he had fun meeting everyone. He had his first trip to a playground and a pumpkin patch.
I’m not sure how I ended up without a picture of Kat and me. She’s always my chauffeur when I’m in town. And my hair stylist. This time we went crazy and chopped all my hair off!