The glass doors swung open. Anna saw me and sprinted across the sidewalk. Reagan and Sawyer ran after her. Kyle and Maddie walked behind with Matthew, Mom, and Dad.
I tossed my phone onto the grass and held open my arms for Anna's incoming hug. "Aly." She screamed and ran into my embrace. Reagan and Sawyer caught up, gave me a hug, and described everything they had done since they dropped me off at college. Reagan immediately asked if I had brought my fish, Jamie Summers, with me. I told him, "No," that I didn't carry her around campus with me but he could see her later.
After this meeting, we went to the woman's soccer game. I went to work and later belayed so Matthew, Kyle, and Maddie could rock climb in the gym.
Sunday, we went to a community church service in town, and went for a hike through a beautiful gorge. Labor Day was established by a man from Cedarville so the town's celebration is a weekend-long event. So on Monday, we went to the annual pancake breakfast and parade.
Seeing my family was awesome. They brought smiles, hugs, and stories that I will always value look forward to.
I love where I'm at, and I love my family. God has certainly given me a peace about living eight hours away from home. And, He has also blessed me with a family that is willing to take that trip to come see me and make me smile.