Here in Atlanta

I am waiting for the okay to start boarding this plane in Atlanta. We drove the 3 hours to Minneapolis this morning, caught a smooth flight here and next is Düsseldorf, Germany.  

Claas, an agricultural equipment company, invited us to tour their facilities.   Okay, well maybe, “invited”, isn’t the right word… last time Joe traded in our huge forage harvester, he mentioned that he “wouldn’t mind to see where they are made, you know”.   Joe can be pretty convincing.  So, they are treating us to this trip along with about 30 other farmers and 4 company representatives. 

   These type of opportunities don’t come along too often. And seriously, if they never did, 99% of farmers might never leave home for a week.

 

This photo was sent to me this morning by Joe’s Aunt Sue, who is lovingly caring for my kids this week, along with my parents and Joe’s parents.

 
I have never spent more than 10 hours away from Violet, so this 8-day trip is definitely a stretch for me. Joe says it is good for the kids and good for our marriage!  It was a ton of work getting everything lined up back home but we have have great employees and the best family support system.  

  
About half of our time will be Claas type things and about half will be touristy.  I have been to Germany twice before (once on a school trip, once with Joe right before we started having kids).   I can speak a little, and can read just a little more, so it will be nice to brush up on those skills.  

We’ve met some of the people just hanging out at the gate and I love getting to hear everyone’s stories.  It’s a crazy small world!  The man sitting behind us on our first flight had my brother as his best man. 

Okay…so we boarded and the seat next to me is still empty….wouldn’t that be fantastic?

 

Me, with my new best friend = empty seat for an 8 hour flight.

 
Time to go.  So excited!

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