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2:45 PM: I just wanted to post a quick update to let you all know that we'll all be out of town for at least a few days. Elisabeth heads up to Randall's mom's house in Tennessee tonight. She'll fly by herself (on a direct flight) and Karin will meet her at the airport. Randall, Sophie, and I will stay in a hotel near the airport tonight, and Randall will leave very early tomorrow morning for South Africa. He arrives at noon on Saturday (6 hour time difference). He comes back home on 8/11.

Sophie and I will head up to my mom's house from the hotel, so we can spend a little time with Mom and Nannie. It's been a while since we visited. I haven't decided yet how long we'll stay--possibly just through Sunday or maybe a few more days. Elisabeth flies back home on 8/5, and I plan to drive both girls back up to mom's from the airport that day. I'm doing my best to take some time off from work while Randall is gone to give myself a break and spend quality time with my family.

We're all packed up and ready to go. Randall went to pick up Sophie and then he'll swing by and grab me so we can go to Fayetteville and get Elisabeth. Then we head up to the airport. It's been a little stressful getting everything and everyone ready for traveling, but it's also exciting! While I'm at mom's I'll try to post updates, but with dial-up access, I won't be getting on the computer that often.