There’s No Place Like Home

We are home! I’m so glad too. If you ever wondered whether or not your family was a strong unit all you need to do is take an 18+ hour trip in the car to find out.

We passed…. by the skin of our teeth.

Iowa was a lot of fun and seeing Ryan’s mom and meeting grandma Ripke, Aunt Yvonne (along with Uncle Darrell and cousin Aaron), Aunt LeeAnn, and Aunt Nedra was great! The farm was a great source of entertainment for the boys and it piqued lots of curiosity for me. I love learning about how things were done back then. Grandmas farming days are over but the rich history of the land lives on. I have lots of pictures and stories to share BUT I have mountains of clothes to wash, unpacking to do, a house to clean, and lots of work to catch up on. Until then here are a few photos to give you a glimpse into our trip to Iowa. Isn’t grandma a cutie?

…and please ignore my physical appearance. I had been in a car driving for three days and was operating on very little sleep.


  1. Sounds like FUN!

  2. What a wonderful farm. It looks like a great vacation.

  3. Hi Amy, Welcome Home.. I love the country and enjoy enjoyed seeing your photos.
    Creating memories are precious times together.

    Hugz Lorie

  4. I love those photos!!!
    Looks like some “rodeo” fun up above too! Those were good as well. I have been to some rodeos myself (Bonifay, Florida—supposedly home of the largest Rodeo…but who counts those thingS!!!)

  5. Looks like you had an awesome time!

    You’ve been missed!

  6. Those are beautiful pictures!!! We are heading out on a 16+ hour trip from NC to TX so reading about your trip and how you survived (even if it was just by a hair).. has me motivated that I can do it too!

  7. Awesome!! Glad you’re back! Love the pictures!

  8. Sounds like a fun trip. You done great! That is a long time in the car! 🙂

  9. What a rewarding experience for your family. I would love to be able to do something like that with my family.

  10. Welcome home. We missed your posts while you were gone. Glad you survived 18 hrs. Oh my.

  11. Beautiful pics! Yes, a nice long trip always brings a family closer in more ways than one. ; )

  12. So glad you are home safe and sound. The pictures are beautiful. We actually lived in Sioux City, IA for three years before moving back home to Texas! 🙂

    Glad you survived the long drive too – it that doesn’t strengthen a family I don’t know what does!! 🙂

  13. OT but where is the SHS blog ring link??? I was going forward from my blog and ran into a broken link… so then I went backwards and now I can’t find the link… wahhhhh

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