So we got to Knoxville the first night and woke up the next day to do our 2nd ambush. We had 3 finalists names in a hat (well, in a toy that acted as a hat) and picked:
Danielle Taylor and daughter Ainsley!
Hawk was excited as he lead us to her house. He even decided to sport his lion nose for the occasion... tip toeing up to the door for the big surprise:
Here is Hawk's take on ambush #2:
i ran to door. like my lion nose? that funny. i reach doorbell. are they home? they are here! surprise! what you doing? mama, what we doing? want a dress? hello. that was fun.
IT WAS FUN. SO MUCH FUN.
Ainsley received the Dewees Reversible Dress and has already worn it out as I hear. Hooray!
What an awesome family they are! She, as it turns out, is a fellow West Virginian. If any of you are from West Virginia you know that this means we already have a strong bond. West Virginians have an incredible loyalty to their state, whether they live there or not. We got to hang out for a minute and visit and realized our circles cross in more than a few ways.
LOOK AT HOW PRECIOUS THIS FAMILY IS (and papa and hawk too):
Congrats Danielle and Ainsley!!
After that, we were off on the road again... for about 3 minutes when we smelled something we knew not to be good in our car. We quickly went to the gas station and soon found out that our coolant was low. Cool, no big deal... quick fill and we were on our way...
For about 30 minutes...
Yep, that's right. Our car was overheating again and when we got to the nearest town, opened the hood and saw that they coolant we just put in was gone we knew it wasn't great.
Bob headed to Penzoil while I strapped Shepard in the stroller and got Neve's scooter out. We all headed to IHOP for some nutritious meal eating. Penzoil sent Bob to Firestone who sent Bob to Dodge. Finally, we found the part and the nice people of Dodge in Cookeville, TN fixed it for us AND gave us a loaner car while we waited.
And you know what?
IT WAS SOME OF THE BEST HOURS WE HAVE SPENT IN A LONG TIME
When life hands you lemons, you find nature and wait for your hoses to be changed in your car:
It was simply magical... hiking about a mile and then exploring the stream and waterfalls. Tennessee is GORGEOUS. Reminded me of home and it was exactly what we needed. How is God so good?
By the time we hiked back up and got back in the car we got a call saying our van was ready...
And then we hooked everything back up and headed to our next stop: Nashville.
Well, kind of...
(more on that later because it is too funny and too long to post here.)
BUT, WE ARE READY FOR A GREAT DAY TODAY--- exploring Nashville and maybe even exploring your house? (haha)
THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING OUR JOURNEY!! KEEP SPREADING THE WORD!!
winner from yesterday will be announced later today.
*Oh, and happy father's day. Thank you, papas. You all rock. Ours definitely does*