12 People, 12 Hours, 1 Van

Friday morning Josiah and I loaded up the van with ten children, thirteen and under and headed north. Our plan was to take a leisurely trip to Tennessee, and leisurely it was...12 hours!

This weekend was the 2nd annual Remembering WWII Reenactment in Linden, Tennessee. Let me start by saying, WOW! The Courter family and the volunteers really put their all into the making this weekend a lot of fun for all.

Micah travels to Tennessee

Rachel, Jonathan and Jordan had to be in Linden by 8 am on Friday for meetings. Rachel coordinated a team of photographers and videographers, while Jonathan and Jordan were on the security team. Rebekah had the older children drop her at her friend's house for the day on Friday to go horseback riding.

The first group left the house at 3:30 in the morning with all of our costumes, camera gear and supplies for the weekend in the trunk of the car.

Josiah had to make a last minute trip to Tractor Supply and then we were off.

We stopped in Dalton, GA for lunch at Panda Express. After eating our lunch a couple came up to chat. The lady was crying as she handed me two $20 bills folded up. She shared that she and her husband were very touched by our family and reminded me how blessed I am. I am not sure the story behind this couple or what about our family was so touching, but I have prayed for them all weekend.

Panda Express for lunch

The drive was long, with plenty of bathroom stops, stops to feed the baby, traffic and rain. The bright side was when we found gas for $1.75 a gallon!

Cheap gas in TN

The little ones were getting antsy about the time we got to Chattanooga, so I downloaded a Paw Patrol game on the tablet and they all took turns playing.

When we arrived in Nashville, Josiah and I decided to take the kids to the Rainforest Café for dinner. All of the kids loved it! Titus and Jubilee were not sure about the dancing gorillas when we first arrived but as the evening progressed they enjoyed it more and more. I had a very yummy burger and fries!

Rainforest Cafe for dinner

We finally made it to Linden around 9:30, picked up our bags and headed out to the P's home where we were staying for the weekend...another 30 minutes away. We finally got the kids to bed around midnight (GA time) and it all started again the next day.

Andy and Carrie Redman