road trip day 29: two homes

I can't remember if we had ever done the trip in just three days before, but we were like horses at the end of a long race this week. We plowed through the 2100 miles in three days, instead of the usual 4 we take. And now I write from the comfort of my bed. Sweetness.

The last 2 hours of the drive Geo drove and I sat in the back seat. It was tough. I had these little flashbacks of walking on the sand with my daughter-in-law, laughing with my sister, hugging my adorable nieces and nephews, and playing games late into the night with my folks. It was a balm for this over-taxed soul. I have gotten so used to being the long-distance family member, but in a short amount of time I slip right back into family mode, enjoying the closeness of everyone.

On I-70, through the mountains west of Denver, I started to feel home again. This home that I share with my husband and kids. This one where I have responsibilities and a job and a yard and pets. This home where I have built my own family.

But part of me will always be in the cicada-filled trees and humid air of Virginia.


Lesa | July 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM

I've enjoyed following along on your month journey. Welcome home!

Lanie | July 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Two homes, I like that. We miss was wonderful having you here and having our family complete again. We are having a great time with Lear, thank you for letting him stay for a few and miss you, mom

Connie | July 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Welcome back Kazzy! What a wonderful, memory-filled trip you must have had!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | July 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Welcome home to your home! I bet it felt good to be in your own bed, but I can tell you yearn for the other home as well. What an awesome month you have had!

I have loved keeping up with your travels and seeing your family!

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | July 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

It was kinda like seeing what makes Kazzy so kazzy!

Rachel Cotterill | July 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

That's a mind-blowing distance! I can't really get my head around the amount of space there is in the USA. I'm glad you had a good trip, but I can imagine how nice it must be to get home, too :)

Lara Neves | July 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Two Homes is a great way to put it. I am so excited to go home to Utah with Bria in August, but I know I will be happy to come back home to Michigan, too.

I love that you filled your soul with family and fun and food and all the good things vacation brings. Thanks for sharing it along the way!

Joanie | July 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I know the feeling too well. Great to come home to a place you love.

The Way I See It | July 24, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Beautiful! I was the first one to move away from home in WA, promising family we'd be back after 4 years of school. We never went back, but it was and still is, home. Utah is home too. I love how you write because I can visualize what you're saying. It makes me think of my own memories from past experiences and look ahead to making more memories. I've loved following you on your journey.

* | July 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Virginia, a place I've never visited, one that I would, especially as I'm reading Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Welcome home, girl.

* | July 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

PS: Love the new look/feel of your blog! I've been meaning to change mine up, but the time, the time...

Heidi | August 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The re-entry is so darn hard, I know! Part of it is because it is vacation time and fun and games and celebrating and few responsibilities. I have to remind myself of that every time I want to pack my bags and move to the place I just came home from. But a whole month of being "home"--wow, that could take some time to get over. Hugs!