I survived another day of early appointments. Caleb and I left for the Mayo Clinic shortly after 7 a.m. and made it home by 9:30. We stuck around for two hours while his eyes readjusted after the dilation meds. What a trooper!

Then we packed a picnic lunch and drove to Wabasha where we ate in a park. Then we made our way a few miles up the road to Pepin, WI, one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homes. We didn’t actually visit her sites, but instead found a letterbox at the Pickle Factory … which isn’t a factory at all, but a bar and grill on the Mississippi River. It was a “Larry Boy” letterbox, so we had to go into the restaurant and say, “I am a cucumber.” The boys were thrilled and the hostess knew just what we needed by the coded message! Too funny.

Then we went to the National Eagle Center and got a close up look at 3 live eagles inside plus one soaring over the Mighty Mississippi. The Center is new and it was fun to check it out as a family. 

Our next stop was in Kellogg, MN, where we visited Lark Toys. Mike, Kadi and I have many memories of visiting here, but the boys were very young and didn’t remember previous trips. The three kids enjoyed riding the carousel that was handcarved. It’s gorgeous. When Caleb is having fun, but feeling shy and doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s having fun, he sticks his tongue in his cheek to attempt hiding his grin. Check it out!

A quick stop at the DQ ended our afternoon before we hurried home. Our dear friends, Donna, Eric, Jacob, and Seth Johnson came for supper. They moved from Rochester two years ago and it was such a treat to spend the evening with them. Seth is a new addition to their family since we last saw them and it was fun to get a baby fix! You know how some friends fit like old comfy slippers? That’s the Johnsons for the Tiedes!

I wish I had some profound wisdom to share tonight, but I’m tuckered out. I was going to have Mike co-blog tonight, but I think I’ll let him guest blog by himself tomorrow! Hold onto your hats … this will be a major event! Oh, and as for wisdom … I could talk about enjoying flying friends and forever friends, but I think today I’m struck most by the fact that what we most need to do sometimes is stop. Just stop. Stop and look around. Enjoy the things that we so often take for granted; family, health, friends, freedom, faith. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to put the alliteration in there, that just happened.) Stop and thank God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is surely going to do. Are you flying low these days? May I make a suggestions? Stop