Our daughter, Meghan, turned 21 a few weeks ago. Sadly, her birthday fell on Labor Day when friends and family were busy with outdoor barbecues and many bars and restaurants were closed for the holiday. Despite reaching the legal drinking age, she wasn’t really interested in bar hopping, and planned to come home for the weekend, grill steaks, and watch her beloved Nebraska football team win yet another season home opener, before celebrating with some friends Monday afternoon. Needless to say, not all went as planned.

On her way home from college, a high-pressure oil line suddenly burst and by the time she noticed what was happening and pulled off the Interstate at the first available exit, her car’s engine was fried! She pulled into none other than the Fantasy gas station between Omaha and Lincoln and we called AAA for a tow. While, she waited, she spotted this postcard and couldn’t resist!

An hour and a half later, she began her 21st birthday weekend riding in the cab of a semi-trailer which towed her dead car to Lincoln. Not exactly a stellar way to start her 21st!

We picked her up at the dealership Friday night and opted for dinner at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants. The next day, we took Meghan and my mom to the Husker game, where (sadly) Nebraska lost its home opener for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Praying things would only get better, Sunday, the three of us went to church and later enjoyed cooking a nice dinner together at home. Meghan went back to Omaha on Monday and celebrated her birthday at lunch with friends and spent the evening serving meals at a homeless shelter with the Christian Student Fellowship.

Maybe not the typical way most young adults celebrate their 21st … but the weekend’s events did make for a very memorable birthday. As parents, we couldn’t be more proud of a daughter who serves others, faces life’s obstacles in stride, and once in awhile, even sends us a  postcard.

 

  • This house-made carrot cake at the Williston Brewing Company in @visitwilliston, @NorthDakotaLegedary tastes even better than it looks! Who wants a bite of this moist cake, three layers high with fresh strawberries and caramel sauce? Um, we do.
  • One of the quirkiest stops we've ever come across is Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska. Over a couple of weeks, a family decided to recreate the world-famous Stonehenge out of junked cars. Using farm implements, they constructed a replica that even has a heel stone...errr...car. In so doing, they created a must-see roadside attraction for anyone traveling across the United States.
  • Ann stands next to one of the huge rocks at Toadstool Geologic Park in Nebraska. The unique geology of this park happened because a hard rocky layer sat atop a soft under layer. As the soft layer erodes, huge rocks are left standing in unique positions.
  • You gotta start somewhere...⁣
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In all journeys in life, you must start somewhere. Here we were at Mile Marker 0 in Key West about 70 pounds (between the two of us) ago. Our journey isn't over, but we're on our way to a healthier lifestyle. @noom
  • These cucumber-salmon bites were a perfect taste treat for a bridal shower Ann hosted recently. She started with a slice of cucumber, then a bit of salmon topped with a dollop of cream cheese and dill.
  • ...Why don't you come with me, little girl, on a Magic Carpet ride...⁣
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One of the most unique features of the new @celebritycruise Edge is the Magic Carpet, a platform that moves up and down the side of the ship and serves different purposes at each stop. There is something truly special about sitting directly over the sea and looking back at the ship while you sip a delicious cocktail.
  • This prosciutto pizza served overlooking the Amalfi Coast is the stuff dreams are made of. The homemade crust, hand tossed before being baked to thin perfection in a wood oven. The sauce and cheese were so fresh it brought tears to our eyes. And the prosciutto was sliced thin enough to be translucent. This is what pizza is supposed to be.
  • Cookie, cookie, cookie start with "C."⁣
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This is what we found when we walked into our beautiful room at @thepioneerwoman Boarding House after dinner at the Merc. As part of turn down service, they gave us a couple of Ree's delicious cookies, which made for a perfect end to a great day.

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