Road trips, Jamestown and Williamsburg (lots of pictures!)

This is definitely going to be our busy month for road trips! Starting with our visit to Ontario the last weekend of September — and not counting the two days Matt and I will be spending at our diocesan synod in Florida (we’re flying) — we’re expecting to log over 6000 miles and 100 hours of driving by the end of October. And then we’ll be back in the Philadelphia area in November. I think we’ll know every rest stop on I-70 by then. Pray our van holds up!

Luckily our kids are all good travelers. We stock lots of snacks, books on CD, and movies on the iPad — and you don’t want to look at the floor of the van when we get to our destination (unless, perhaps, you happen to be an archeologist. No knowing what you might find if you start to dig.)

We had to be in Williamsburg by mid-afternoon on Friday the 5th for the REC’s Spiritual Enrichment Conference. Since it’s about a ten hour drive, we left on Thursday, planning to spend some time doing something fun in the area with the kids on Friday morning. Colonial Williamsburg is expensive — and looked like it would take more than a few hours to do it justice — so we decided on the Jamestown Settlement Museum.

This turned out to be an excellent choice. The kids tried their hands at making bone needles by scraping slivers of bone against a sand-filled rock

and grinding corn in the replica Powhatan village,

explored the sailing vessels at the dock,

and tried on armor in the fort.

They also saw a blacksmith making nails,

tried their hand at making pegs,

and covered their ears during the matchlock musket firing demonstration.

Matt even tried out the pulpit in the replica church in the fort — the original of which must have been the first Anglican church on this continent.

After an enjoyable morning and a delicious lunch at Nazar Mediterranean restaurant (just a few minutes away from the Jamestown museum), we headed to the conference hotel. Sora was a late addition to the Friday night program, graciously arranged by Bill and Diane Jerdan (Diane was the main conference speaker) and conference organizer Gail Hill. Sora’s talk was well received and she was blessed by the time of singing, prayer, and fellowship.

It would have been nice to have had more time to get to know the ladies at the conference (mostly from the REC’s diocese of the Southeast) but we had to leave very early the next morning to drive to Catonsville, MD. Traffic in the Washington D.C. area can be brutally nasty, and we didn’t want to risk being late for our presentation that afternoon at Bishop Cummins REC.

The conference hotel insisted that we needed two rooms for the two of us and four children because of “fire codes.” We ended up with two almost adjacent rooms, one with a queen bed and one with two doubles. At first we thought we could put the kids to bed in the two doubles and then go to sleep ourselves next door. It became clear that one of the children was not doing a good job of getting along with the others that day and should probably not be left alone with them. So we decided to put the other three children to bed and have the troublemaker sleep on the floor in our room. As soon as this plan was announced, a second child declared, “I want to sleep on the floor in mommy and daddy’s room too!” “Me too!” the third one cried. “But I don’t want to sleep ALONE!” child number four insisted. Kids are silly that way. We ended up dividing children and parents between the two rooms.

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