This last weekend we went to Georgia to visit Ty in the hospital. It wasn't the happiest of reasons to go down there, but it turned out to be a great experience. We got to see Ty a lot (something we didn't think we'd be able to do) and he was happy, and in good spirits. Amy and Jeff also came down, so it was wonderful to see them and spend time with them. I miss being close to the majority of my family, but it does make reunions that much more sweet when we get them.
We also spent a lot of time with Robert and Ruth and family. It was really fun to see their home, and see them in the place they are most comfortable. (Does that make any sense?) I feel like you really come to understand a person the best when you spend time with them in their home. You get to see the way they parent their children, and what food they choose to eat, along with other priorities in their life. I feel like this gives you a window into who they are a lot more than seeing them anywhere else. (I discovered this theory on our way home actually, because I thought I knew Robert and Ruth pretty well from the few times they have been up to Utah, and the phone conversations I have had with them. But I came to understand who they were so much more after I spent time with them in their home.)
Another thing we discovered on our way home from this trip was that we have traveled A TON this year! In the past 12 months, we have driven coast to coast, and have visited at least 8 states (Utah, Idaho, California, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Washington DC (I know this isn't a state, but work with me), and Illinois), and been out of the country once (up to Canada) and we have driven through 17 states! That's a lot! Jonathan has visited even more because of his trips for school/work. It's been fun, and each trip was well worth it, but whew... that's a lot of car time :)