We left home Friday afternoon immediately after work. As we headed south we could see we would be contending with a fair amount of rain. We drove in hard rain all the way to Oklahoma, but were thankful we were still making pretty good time. Our original plan was to stop just south of Oklahoma City for the night...but when we got there it was 10:15 and we felt like we'd rather get a little further. We continued to drive until about 1:30 Saturday morning. By that time we were definitely ready to stop. We stayed in the north side of Dallas in a hotel. The next morning we headed further south to Austin. After stopping to get a quick haircut, we headed to the assisted living home where my grandfather and great Aunt Margie live. George had never met either of them, so it was exciting for both of us.
We sat and visited for awhile with grandpa, he showed us his room, and shared some of his pictures and wood projects he had completed. His mind is not what it used to be. He frequently thought I was his youngest daughter, but there were some very sweet moments, where he was very clear and reflected back on sweet memories. His generosity, humor, and caring spirit were still very present. We shared the wedding pictures and then let him rest, while we went to track down Aunt Margie.
She had a stroke just about a year ago and has made remarkable recovery, but enjoys her new home and has been a great blessing for grandpa. We sat and visited with her for awhile, then joined them in the dining room for dinner with Uncle Dickie and Aunt Charlotte. After dinner we returned to Aunt Margie's room to watch the wedding video. It was nice to be able to share it with them, but also fun for us just to reflect back. We then said our brief goodbyes, and headed to Uncle Dickie and Aunt Charlotte's beautiful home. We stayed up for several hours visiting, sharing stories, and laughed together until the early hours of the morning.