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A Whirlwind Trip

April 5th, 2017

We’ve been trying to find a weekend when my brother could travel to Ohio to see my mom. Last Thursday evening around 7pm, I got a note from my brother that he finally had a weekend off and was headed up (he lives in GA). I quickly searched for flights and didn’t find any on such short notice. So I made a few last minute arrangements and hopped in the car on Friday evening to drive to Ohio. Mr Chiots and I traveled until midnight, stopped about halfway, then were on the road again at 6 the next morning. Amazingly, we arrived in Ohio at the exact same time as my brother.

This is the first time the entire family has been together in 12 years. My parents were throughly surprised (which is what my brother wanted). We were thankful to be able to make one of my mom’s final wishes come true. We enjoyed lots of great food and lots of laughs during the two days we were together. What a blessing family is!


7 Comments to “A Whirlwind Trip”
  1. Jaye Whitney on April 5, 2017 at 6:52 am

    What a great memory for all of you! So happy you were all able to make it together :)

    This is a wonderful pic!

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on April 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I am thankful y’all got to enjoy a special time all together. Time to be cherished for sure!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on April 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Susy, thank you for sharing your precious family memory moments. As families grow and eventually turn into their own families moments like yours come farther and farther between. I only have three children but it’s been years since we were all together. It’s so good to see some families still have memory moments such as yours.

    Have a great Ohio family day.

    Nebraska Dave

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  4. Sara on April 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    How wonderful, so glad it all came together to make this wonderful memory.

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  5. Misti on April 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Aww, I’ve been wondering how your mom was faring. I’m glad your brother made it in for a large family visit!

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  6. Joan on April 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I’m so glad to see that you were all able to get together! What a special treat for your mom.

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  7. Chris on April 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

    That is wonderful! Your Mom’s heart was probably so full…

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