But it turns out that living your life on hold is not very fun. In fact, it sucks. You feel like you have no control, and you are just stuck. Waiting. Endlessly. It's hard to know whether you should live like you are about to move, or if you should just pretend nothing is happening to maintain some sense of normalcy, if for no other reason than the kids. (Think of the children!)
We've basically opted for the later. Not too much has changed around here, other than Clark is home all the time, and we have cut back on the budget. So life goes on, and suddenly I'm the chairman of the parent board at the preschool next year, and I'm not sure they fully realize that chances are we'll move sometime over the summer. I've tried to warn them, but I'm not sure it's sunk in yet. And then, maybe we won't. The unknown is overwhelming sometimes.
Anyway, the point is, we decided that we needed to have SOMETHING to look forward to, or we'd go insane. And since it's a real possibility that we won't live in Michigan for much longer, we thought it was high time we paid a visit to Kirtland, while it's still a short drive away. And since Clark doesn't have to do things like take days off, we went in the middle of the week during spring break. Left on a Wednesday morning, spent that afternoon and the next morning seeing the sights, and headed home Thursday. It was quick, but it was exactly what we needed. We did everything on the cheap, which turned out to be pretty easy because all the church sites are free! Except for the temple, which was a nominal fee. But still, a pretty affordable trip.
I had never been to Kirtland before, so I thought it was absolutely fascinating. And the girls did pretty well. It helped that we had some understanding missionaries, who kept the tours simple, and let the girls set the pace. I'm pretty sure it was best for us to go during the slow season, when we could be the only people on the tour through Historic Kirtland.
Here we are at the Whitney store!
And the temple. Oh, the temple. It was so beautiful. SO beautiful. I was very impressed with our tour guide, she was great. I'll admit to being a little skeptical of a Community of Christ tour, but that was completely unfounded. It was spot on. And we even got to sing The Spirit of God, in the temple! And on April 3 to boot (the day the Savior appeared in the temple). That was a very special moment. I'll never forget it.
And apparently on this trip Julia decided to have "open mouth" smiles.
On Thursday morning we headed out to the John Johnson home in Hiram, OH. I'd heard from my dad that it was worth the drive, and he was right. That home has the spirit there. From the moment you walk in, you feel it. And we were the only ones there, too. The sweet couple who took is through the home let Julia and Ella linger behind when they wanted to (watched by one of them, to make sure they weren't wreaking havoc on the home), which made all the difference. It allowed me to really focus on what happened there, instead of on keeping my kids quiet. Here we are at the front door. Again with the "I'm going to eat you" smile.
So while it was a whirlwind trip, I'm so glad we did it. It gave us all something to plan for and look forward to, and it was a great experience. And honestly, more than anything else, I think we just needed the change of scenery. Even for just one night. I feel like I'm still trying to navigate life with Clark home all day, and I'm not sure I'm doing it very well. Doing something different was very much needed. For our sanity.
Hoorah for Kirtland!