|Eli and Vic with Bill Ford.|
|Abbey holding the fish in transport.|
|The fish at their new home.|
|Eli looking at a 2015.|
They had to be moved regardless because we are replacing carpet in the family room while we are having it put upstairs. So, no matter the destination, knowing the likelihood that they survive any move was slim (especially if I am doing it because goldfish are fragile, as is their environment, and my impatient nature to get things done and move on just isn’t a good match for fragile), I agreed to appease Abbey and we moved them to mom’s to be with us.
Those particular species of goldfish are hardy and can live up to 10 years. We’ll see. The move was traumatic for all involved, and for all that was involved. Catching them in a bucket; scooping the water out; cleaning the tank with distilled water; filling it with treated water; getting the water to the right temperature; disposing of the water and fish-poopie rock in the bottom; keeping the fish and nasty water steady during travel (I will
|Mark Fields, COO of Ford.|
Finally, they were in despite the girls reprimanding me for not waiting to acclimate them to the water. I do not have time to acclimate my child to kindergarten, much less fish to water. I needed to check off the chore and close out my prep for the renovation crew. Once we finally had the tank in place with the treated water, clean rock, we had to hit the filter with a can to get it to start, but it did. Yay! Then the fish took a few minutes to liven up once we got them back in the tank with all new water and gravel. They stayed close and still for a while, but
|Eli was excited to see this life-size Hot Wheels.|
So, while I was finishing cleaning out the house for the renovation and splashing around in putrid pet water, Eli and Vic were on the road to Charlotte, North Carolina. Eli was a guest of the Mustang Club of America for Mustang’s 50th birthday party on April 17, held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He was so excited, I can tell the difference in the smiles in his pictures. He got to see first run models from 1964, and the debut of the much-anticipated re-design for 2015. A big thank you goes to Steve Prewitt, MCA President, for getting Eli there and facilitating the meet-and-greets for Eli with the
Eli got to meet Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Henry Ford’s great grandson, who autographed the box of a diecast 2015 Mustang toy for him. He also met Mark Fields the, COO of Ford. He got to again see the grabber blue Boss 302 that was at his car show to which he awarded the “Eli’s Choice” certificate. He gravitates to the 302’s for some reason, and even liked a yellow one at the party. I think he likes the striping. But Vic said one of his very favorites Thursday was a Mustang police car. He loves police cars. And, we had one “I Spy Eli”, so that is always fun to have the online connections connect in real life. I’m so jealous Eli and Vic got to go. I don’t know a lot about the innards of cars, but I have always been attracted to cars ever since I was a little girl. I am eager to see a 2015 in person. I love American Muscle cars, and I
So, while Vic and Eli were partying with the Mustang family, the other kids and I were driving to Nashville to kick off our Lads to Leaders weekend in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel. (It’s a good thing I know how to drive a manual because all I do is shift gears all day long every day.) Lads to Leaders is a program that creates opportunities for youth to learn and practice leading aspects of worship. Kids can participate in team and individual events that shape and grow their skills and attitudes while learning and studying God’s Word. It is supported by the churches of Christ, and Nashville alone had 10,000 convention goers. There are several other like conventions throughout the country on Easter weekend, which is when it is always held each year. All of our kids
|Only big kids in the Williams family now.|
|We got to meet Blake, a fellow medullo fighter,|
at L2L. He was diagnosed just a few weeks
before Eli and is doing well. He is the nephew
of a friend at church, so we have been following
him and praying for him for a while.
|Back to business Monday morning. Lab check!|
We made it home Sunday afternoon, and were welcomed by the chaos that is home. The Easter Bunny did leave gift bags on the card table that we use for our kitchen table that is actually in the living room. The boys (and Abbey who likes to pretend that she doesn’t know) were very worried about missing the Easter Bunny.
We are wrapping up the DVD donations. We leave Tuesday, April 22, about 2 p.m. from Athen, so if you have one, let me know ASAP. Scans Thursday! Please, pray that we are continuing in the right direction. Eli seems to be doing well, except tired a lot, but who isn’t.