We’ve been off-line for a few days and are eager to get back on to tell you about a few “firsts” for Rudy. After careful consideration and preparation, Rolf and I decided to attempt a little family roadtrip to Pine Valley, CA (just outside San Diego). Our dear friends, Grace and Marlin (Rudy’s godparents), were marrying off their son Josh (of whom I have very vivid memories toddling around in diapers, I might add). We wanted to be there so bad as it would mean so much to us and the kids to join in celebrating Josh and Emily in person. We went back and forth on the decision but by Thursday morning Rudy was looking good and we figured if he didn’t tolerate the drive or he wasn’t looking comfortable, we’d just turn around and come home. San Diego has a good Children’s Hospital nearby so we knew we could get help if we needed it. As it turned out, Rudy did GREAT!!! Our six-hour trip landed us in Pine Valley around 1am Friday morning. Thanks to the generosity of some friends of Grace and Marlin, we borrowed a mobile home that was conveniently parked right next to their house so we settled in, went to bed and enjoyed falling asleep to the sounds of rural California. So, Thursday marked Rudy’s first “roadtrip” that didn’t involve UCLA as it’s destination. Friday marked Rudy’s first wedding. We were able to help with last minute preparations a little bit on Friday morning before the 2pm ceremony. It was fun to watch Grace and Marlin navigate seemingly effortlessly the many details of the day, to visit with their family from Canada who I haven’t seen in almost 20 years (!) and to introduce Rudy to many friends in our San Diego circle who have been praying for him so faithfully. As you can see from the picture below, Josh and Emily were glowing…a confident young couple we are proud to know and were thrilled to celebrate. Rolf and I found the escape from the daily routine and telephones very refreshing and it was good for the soul to be together as a family.
We enjoyed the VanNortwick’s hospitality one more day and packed up early Sunday morning to make our way home. Rolf was kind enough to record the Indianapolis 500 for me so we looked forward to tamales in front of the t.v. watching the race as soon as we got home. I found out last week that my friend and neighbor Jannele likes the Indy 500 maybe as much as I do so I avoided making any contact with her as we drove in so I wouldn’t find out any race results! We have a date to watch the race together next year. 🙂 So, Rudy’s big first yesterday was hearing Jim Nabors sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” and watching the start of “the greatest spectacle in racing”- nothing could be better. Rudy dozed off pretty quick as did Rolf and I at about lap #160 but Max dutifully woke us up with only 3 laps to go to see Helio cross the finish line for his third Indy win!!!! Rudy missed the big finish but I think he liked all the excitement nestled snuggly in his little port-a-crib set up in our living room. Good times…good times.