May was quite the month…and now the empty nest isn’t.
On the 1st, we picked Drew up from his dorm at George Fox. Doubling up on his engineering classes caused his GPA to slip all the way down to 3.9 for the semester (from the 4.0 he pulled in the Fall term…) He’ll be in an on-campus apartment next year with three other engineering students.
On the 6th we flew to St. Louis. That night we stayed at the Fellowship Ranch retreat center outside of Waynesville, MO. Diana and I stayed in the house I lived in my last two years of high school. In the morning we toured around the property, which was in the process of being sold, one last time. Many thanks to Frank & RuthAnn Branham (whom I’ve known since I was in junior high) for their hospitality.
From Waynesville we headed to the Branson area (with a detour to see the Laura Ingalls Wilder farm in Mansfield) to meet up with David and prep for his graduation from College of the Ozarks. We got checked into our hotel, ran some errands, and then met my parents who had flown into Kansas City.
Friday and Saturday were filled with a combination of playing tourist, David’s graduation rehearsals, and getting together with old friends in the area. We discovered that David’s roommate’s father and I knew each other from our time at the college…small world, eh?
Sunday brought the Baccalaureate service in the morning, lunch on the lawn (which was interrupted by a midwest gully-washer of a thunderstorm) and then graduation. That evening we got together with my Aunt and Uncle who had driven over from Kansas. I hadn’t seen them since my Grandmother’s funeral.
Monday was spent getting David’s dorm room packed out and shipped home.
Tuesday we headed back to St. Louis, but took a round-about way which allowed us to find geocaches in five states in one day: AR, OK, KS, MO and IL. In the process, we ended up finding regular, virtual, multi, letterbox hybrid and earthcaches, and walking partway across the Mississippi River on the old Chain-of-Rocks bridge.