Cousin Craig before he left for Omaha.
Heidi and Tim left last Wed. morning after a huge going away party on the 4th and very little sleep. Even though we were spending time together the last few weeks, it wasn't truly time spent together. It seemed that H and T were running in every direction, spending time with friends and other family members, and it felt as though we were kind of left out of the final days. This wasn't H and T's fault at all, and I know that they were feeling the rush just as much as I was. Between saying final goodbyes to friends from work and church, not to mention all the family in KS, it was only natural that we wouldn't be able to spend time together. It is just the way things had to be. I'm looking forward to traveling to see them. It will be several months though.
H and T are in PA right now for training before they continue on to Bammental. For some reason this is hard for me to wrap my mind around. I said my final goodbyes, and am fine with them leaving, but for some reason the fact that they are staying in the states for 2 weeks before leaving makes it harder for me. They are "here", but not. For me it would have been easier to say goodbye knowing that they were going directly to Germany, without the 2 week layover. It makes me feel like I've been cheated out of 2 extra weeks of spending time with them.
Here are some more pictures from the 4th of July celebration.
A very pregnant Carmen watches the firework extravaganza while B-rian teases Whitney about her recent injuries.
"Master Gardeners" Tim and Heidi share their potato harvest excitement with the rest of us. We promptly ate the baby spuds, earning Grandpa's saying "they eat the dirt and all in KS".
Buller family adoptee, Whitney L.
Friends of the family Matt and David enjoy the festivities.