Our hotel was right next to the LSU campus so we had to take the boys over to begin their mission of visiting all of the SEC campuses. (Granted, they don't know this is a mission of theirs but it is one we kind of created for them!)
LSU is actually a great place to start because of seeing Mike The Tiger in his habitat. Unfortunately, Mike was sleeping and didn't care too much about our kids wanting to see him move around.
We walked over to the Spirit Shop and had to laugh because as soon as we walked in the door, we spotted Dak Prescott on the tv. It made these Mississippi State fans very happy.
After walking around for a bit, we got back into our car and drove a couple of hours to Alexandria, LA. That wasn't in our original plan but when Eli Brixey made his debut into our world 5 weeks early, we made a few adjustments so we could go love on his momma and grandparents at the hospital. She didn't know we were coming and it was quite emotional. After all the tears were dried, we sat in the NICU waiting room and visited with the Randall family. I was glad I packed books in Micah's backpack.
Only Kassi, John and their parents were allowed to go back to see the baby. But, since Dan is a pastor, he was also allowed back. I sent my camera for some pictures.
I'm very happy to report that baby Eli is home with his mommy and daddy in Vidalia and is doing very well after a rocky start to his little life!
Since we were in Alexandria, we had to make a call to John & Carol Alley to see if they were available for a quick visit. John Alley was the Interim pastor before Dan at FBCV. We spent countless hours at Ruby Tuesday in Natchez, MS listening to him tell stories about ministry, instruct Dan on ways to handle things, correct Dan on things he did wrong, encourage us, pray for us and convince us that God was calling Dan to be a pastor. That couple holds a special place in our hearts so it was a joy to see them.
As soon as we walked in, he picked up two books he had saved for Jonah. They were copies of Tom Sawyer and The Bobsey Twins that he received as an 8 year old boy. He knew Jonah was a reader and wanted him to have his books. It was so special.
We drove 90 minutes more and finally made it to our destination...Vidalia! After lots of hugs, laughs and some good Johnny's Pizza, the boys could hardly wait to jump in the pool with Eli. It was a great beginning to the next 4 days with our friends!