Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Trip to Ft. Worth... and the ER!

At the end of July, Wade and I spontaneously decided to make a little trip to Ft. Worth to see Heather and Jason before Baby Kate arrived!  We packed up and 3 hours later, we were on the road to Texas! The best part??  We didn't tell Heather and Jason! We knew Jason would be preaching at their church the next morning, so we decided to get in late Saturday night and surprise them at church the following morning!  We were ALL soooo excited!

Church started at 10:30 AM.  After having a little trouble finding their church, we walked in at 10:29.  Heather was sitting on the very front row and Jase was getting ready to begin the service...  We quietly walked up to the front, I slid in next to Heather, and said, "Excuse me... Can we sit here??"  Her jaw dropped and eyes got huge as she whispered, "AHHHHHHH!!!!  What are y'all doing here?!?!?!??!!?!?!?' Hahah, it was SO wonderful!  We sat together for the service and the second it was over, we went to shrieking and squealing as Brinker women do. :)) Meanwhile, Van and Brother met a new friend, Caleb!  He followed Van all around the church and it was the funniest thing to see!  She didn't pay him any mind, but he was clearly captivated..

There is something SO special about surprises, road trips, and being with family. 
 It makes it beyond worth every mile travelled, every pit stop, every crying baby, every smelly Texan. ;)

Heather truly outdid herself when cooking for us that week!  Here are her meatball sliders... the recipe is from Pioneer Woman and it was one of my most favorite sandwiches everrrrr.  Other meals she made included chicken and dumplings, raspberry sorbet, blueberry cobbler, homemade limeade, etc... it was wonderful and always so delicious!

Hezzy practicing how to bathe a baby with Baby Grant!!! Such a sweet memory!

On Monday, Wade and I were walking out the door to do some grocery shopping when Savannah flipped a barstool over and it sliced through her second toe.  She screamed, blood poured everywhere, and we flew into the car to bring her to the ER.  There is little that is more nerve-wracking than being in an unfamiliar place, desperately trying to find a hospital on the iPhone and the directions there..while driving.  I held Savannah in my lap, holding her toe, while Wade navigated our way around Ft. Worth.  I prayed SO hard and didn't stop until we were pulling up to the ER, where I raced in and they took us immediately to the back.  After 3 hours of traumatizing screams, panicked crying, morphine shots, and x-rays, we headed home with a glued together toe that was deeply cut, but not irrepairable, for which we were tremendously grateful.
Here's our girl with a chicken one of the nurses made... It never left Van's side!  Well, until Brother took a bite out of it. But it really did make Savan smile, and at that moment, we would have done just about anything to see that.

We survived the night and the rest of the trip was absolutely delightful!

We went grocery shopping, ran by Charming Charlie's (my favorite!!!!), and ran by Half-Price books where the kids stocked up. :))
It's always such a treat to be with Hez and Jase.  We always love every minute with them!

Peace out, y'all!

Andrew called Kate, "Baby Cake," the whole time we were there and it's kind of our most favorite thing. :))  See you so, so soon Baby Cake!

Since we went to Ft. Worth to be a help and really only brought chaos those first 2 days, we tried to make it up to them! Wade made an incredible steak dinner with roasted vegetables and it.was.heavenly.  I forgot to take a picture beforehand, so all ya get is the leftovers. :))

Hurry, hurry, Baby Kate!!
The next time we go to Ft. Worth, it will be to meet you!!!!!!!!!


  1. I love baby cake! Poor van! It seems pain finds our kids :( I'm so glad she is better!

  2. Greetings! I'm Heather and I have a quick question about your blog! If you could please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at) I would greatly appreciate it!


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