Friday, September 2
Out of Africa/Into Wisconsin
We have made it safely back to the US of A but made a decision when we arrived in Chicago to change our flight home and take a trip to Wisconsin. John's mom has been having a series of health problems for a while now and we found out the day before we left Africa that she will be going to a hospice as soon as a bed is available. We had a safe, albeit long trip from Cape Town to London and then to Chicago. We checked in with the family and then rented a car in Chicago and drove to John's parents' home in Hartford, WI. Several of his siblings are here at the same time and it felt important to us to see Lois and the rest of the family. We had a very good family day today and we will leave Saturday evening to return home. John is doing well and the family is pulling together to support each other.
We return home with full hearts. Our trip was a great experience that we won't soon forget (messy pants and all) and we feel grateful for the opportunity to see John's mom and make our goodbyes.
We look forward to including you, gentle reader, in our future travels.