columbus, oh

The turnaround point! Halfway through our trip we land at my niece Julie’s house, home to her husband Bill, my sister Sherry, Julie’s granddaughter’s Kayleigh and Kyleigh, and 5 dogs and 6 cats (5 kittens!). What a busy place!

Julie organized a BBQ where my nephew’s Lonnie and Pat and niece Shannon joined along with Pat’s wife Brandy and their daughter WIllow and the amazing Tess, Shannon’s beautiful, creative, and thoughtful partner. Don’t get me wrong, we were surrounded by wonderfulness from all these loving people. Tess made personalized walking sticks for Finghin and myself and we (well I was anyway) were moved to tears. Such special gifts!