Yes, I freaked out for a long time thinking about that.
I was nervous. So very nervous. Not that I didn't think the kids would do well. But just the thought of a long drive without another adult.
What was I the most nervous about? Driving around Atlanta. I am a country girl. I am from a place where a tractor is what causes a traffic back up.
The kids were amazing the whole trip.
We didn't drive 14 hours straight. We left on Sunday and made it to Florida Monday night.
One of my favorite things we did was stop at each Welcome Center.
I didn't think about getting a picture in Virginia because we are so used to just getting on the interstate there.
We stopped for lunch in NC.
While in SC we stopped for the night. The amazing Nunnery family put us up, or put up with us. The kids were crying when it was time for bed because they didn't think they would see their new friends again. I love that they can connect with other kids so well and so fast.
Next was Georgia. I really really really didn't want to go around Atlanta. I wanted to GO WAY AROUND Atlanta. I was even thinking about canceling a lunch date with a friend that I haven't seen in YEARS. After praying about it, I knew what I needed to do. I told the kids that we were going to lunch and that I was going to face my fears. We had a great time at lunch. And then it was time. We prayed, programmed the GPS and off we went. I might have white knuckled it all the way though, but we made it. And the kids got to see a plane land right as we were going under the runway! So Cool!
Next was Alabama. I tried to look for a place to stop but the roads were changing and I didn't see any place to stop. So we sang Sweet Home Alabama at the top of our lungs.
My plan was to stop and continue our trip the next day, but seeing how close were were, my husband encouraged me to just make it to FL that night.
I did it. I drove from WV to FL with 5 kids, ALONE!
If you would have asked me to do that about 2 years ago I would have flat out said no. But God has been working in my heart and I knew that I could do this. I have HIM with me, ALWAYS.
This trip is something that I will never forget.
The kids are already planning trips that we can take together, now that they know that I can do it.
Wanna know something else?
I LOVED IT!