When you spend weeks focused on a goal like a wedding, and you work very very hard to get everything done in time, it’s tempting to think that as soon as the happy couple drive away, you can finally relax. Of course, that’s not how it works. We still had plenty of family here in town and we wanted to spend time with them!
So Sunday morning I got up and made three pans of egg and sausage casserole (two with hash browns in them and a potato free and gluten free one for Mary and me). My family has a new tradition of a family brunch the day after a wedding. This was the third wedding and the third brunch. Flynn and Tiffany picked up and brought some donuts, and we also had juice, coffee, and tea. We had sixteen people here for breakfast—mostly family, but also Mercy’s friends Bri and Joy.
It was a fun and relaxed meal, and we visited for quite a while afterward. The only dark side to the day was the fact that my daughters and I all had severe headaches all day. I’m not sure what the cause was—possibly a pressure change in the air, or dehydration, or a combination of both. But after the intense pace of the last few days and the lack of sleep, combined with the monster headache, I was far from my best as the afternoon wore on. I desperately needed a two-hour nap but I did not get one!
By the middle of the afternoon, several people had left, so we invited Daniel’s family to join us for supper. And no, I did not cook another hot meal. I do have my limits. We put out cold cuts and three-bean salad and had leftover wedding cake and ice cream for dessert. Our guests did not stay late as my parents and Daniel’s parents all hoped to be on the road by 5:00 a.m. this morning.
This morning I tried and failed to sleep in. My brother Jon, and Mary and Jordan, all came over for breakfast before setting off on their respective journeys home. We had some leftover casserole, plus I made a new one to supplement it, and we had a bowl full of berries too.
Shortly after we had said goodbye to Jon (headed back to California) and Mary and Jordan (headed to Tennessee), we learned that Daniel’s sister and her husband needed help. They had some car trouble and had been unable to leave town. The car was in the shop, but they needed a ride back to the campus so they wouldn’t be stuck up at the mechanic place all day.
Lina was waiting for an important phone call, so I got in the car and drove up to the north side of town to pick up Ruthanne and Stewart. Stewart has been a real trooper the last few days. He was a groomsman, but had very recently had serious jaw surgery, so he is restricted to a liquid diet and has to wear a strap around his chin most of the time. Last night he was cleaning the immersion blender he uses to liquify his food, and there was a mishap that ended with a trip to the emergency room to get his finger stitched up. The last thing that guy needed was car trouble.
So anyway, I took them back to the dorm and offered to host them at the house until their car was fixed, but I think they just wanted to rest! Later in the afternoon I took Stewart back to pick up the car and eventually they were on their way home to South Carolina.
Meanwhile, at lunchtime Lina got a call from Mary. She and Jordan had made it a couple of hours down the road before Mary realized she had left her computer and hard drive here! These items are essential for her livelihood. So Lina got the computer and started driving north with it, and Mary and Jordan turned around and started driving south, and they met up a few miles south of Texarkana. The computer made it into the correct car and Mary and Jordan still made it home by about 10:00 tonight.
My parents also made it home, much earlier thanks to their early start—but they arrived home to the concerning news that my aunt was in the hospital after having a crisis related to her blood thinning medication. Please pray that she will be stabilized soon and will be able to return home to her condo.
Also today we got the rest of our stuff out of the dorm and hauled all the linens home and have started washing them. Since so many people flew in, they were not able to bring their own sheets and towels. I think we managed to make sure that everyone who needed them had towels and bedding.
Flynn had a job interview today. He thinks it went pretty well. He is pretty focused on trying to find a full-time job with benefits, something that contract work does not provide. And tomorrow Mary has a job interview in Memphis, the city to which she’ll be moving in less than two weeks. She also needs to find a good job!