After 2 weekend trips and several weeks of packing, the final move back to Boise was completed on March 26. I owe a ton of thanx to my wife, family, friends and their families. Without all of them working so hard this would have been a nightmare. I had help from folks from the Salt Lake valley, Boise, Chicago, Portland and Rwanda. That's right! The country in Africa. Three young refugee girls from Rwanda came to help us unload in Boise. They probably did not come to America for that specific purpose, but they were there. They assisted in the unloading and then braided anything that didn't move fast enough, including my beard!
With all the helpers and the 2 pre-move trips we were able to load and unload in under 2 hours on each end of the trip. I played a key role by pointing, directing and encouraging those actually doing the work. My sisters took turns telling me to "put that down!!". I also had to keep track of Steve during the melee. The 5.5 hour drive in the middle went smoothly and we found out that Budget rental trucks have a governor at 90mph (oops).
It has been a week now and we are pretty well settled in, all due to Kitty's tireless work. Friday nite we continued our traditional Good Friday practice. Corn fritters and salmon patties for dinner and egg coloring for desert. We had 13 for dinner including us, and it went very well. I made 40 patties and countless fritters and as usual I put people to work as soon as they arrived. That was the only way to get it all cooked and served in a reasonable amount of time. By the end of the meal I had a very sore back and was pooped but it was well worth it to share this tradition with others. Part of the group was the Rwandan family including Mom and brother with the three girls. They had never had anything like this meal nor colored eggs. It made me think of how different the world is and how common we can make it. Just sharing a meal and some fun activities allowed us to cut through the cultural and language (French & Swahili) barriers.
Happy Easter to all!!!
Be good to each other,
Here is a link to pics from the move and Good Friday.