We had a wonderful trip across the EASTERN half of the U.S. this time bringing the Lovely Daughter to college in Virginia.
|They don't look half bad for 7:30 in the morning after having traveled for two hours already.|
|These trees were everywhere in Indiana.|
|The color of the nuts was so beautiful. Are these chestnuts?|
|I love their motto!|
I have to say that the rolling fences of Kentucky and the green, grand, misty mountains of West Virginia have wholly taken my Midwestern, green tree lovin' heart! It was a trip with all kinds of weather........steady, driving rain with low hanging clouds........and then lovely sunshine when we hit Virginia. We even had a tremendous lightning storm in Illinois that made our windshield wipers look like they were under strobe lights. I just loved looking at and hearing nature for three days. I don't seem to get out in it as much during the school year.
|One of the many red brick towns in West Virginia.|
|Zinneas at the rest stop in Virginia. So happy and bright!|
The GREEN rolling everywhere was such a hopeful sign that Lovely Daughter was going to a wonderful school. And right we were. She just sent an email brimming with excitment. Oh, to be in that place again when a person meets all the possibilities of life: academic wonder, new and more mature friendships, deeper dreams, more responsible attentiveness to the Holy Spirit's promptings of vocation and choices. St. John Paul II would so lovingly call them: "My dear young people!" Right he was in every way. The Church has such hope in the faces I saw at Lovely Daughter's new college. My heart cries Deo Gratias! And the green hills of West Virginia cry out AMEN!
And the nest is emptier, and Tony and I feel a little blue after the marathon of send offs last week. But with these three still at home, life will be crazy, fun, and veerrrrry interesting!