Saturday, August 27, 2005


We left for Massachusetts on Tuesday, August 23rd. Just outside of Charlotte, Mrs. Curley and oldest daughter started being alarmed at 'smoke' coming from around my (the driver's) seat. Mrs. Curley begged me to pull over, but I saw nothing. Suddenly oldest daughter sighed. The hairspray was spraying because someone had put a book or something on it. The first crisis avoided.

We drove 12 hours and 700 miles on Tuesday. Someone outside the Comfort Inn somewhere in Northeast, PA gave us 1/2 price coupons for rooms as he heard me negotiating rates at the front desk.

Wednesday at about 2:00 PM we arrived at a cottage in Rowe, MA in the Berkshires. There we spent a day and a half relaxing, singing, picnicing and praying by the Deerfield River. The spring supplying water to the house ran dry at 5:00 PM Thursday. A neighbor brought by big milk cans filled with water so we could wash dishes and 'flush'.

Friday morning the 26th of August, we drove the 3 hours to Fairhaven, MA. We arrived at the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate at 11:o1 AM.

We first visited our Lord in adoration at the convent Church. Then we visited with Mother Superior for a little while. The children sang 'Our Lady of Knock' and the 'Seven Joys of Mary' (unofficial feast was the 26th). Then we said goodbye to our daughter. I gave her what could be my final blessing as her father. We hugged and kissed and left her to God.

We then proceeded the 1.5 hours to my Mother's house in Norwood, MA. We had planned to leave this morning for SC. But upon arriving at Mom's, my energy to drive back disappeared. So here we are. We will leave for SC after Mass in the morning.

Much more tell about this wonderful trip - possibly to be reported in future posts.

From Bethany on the road...Oremus pro invicem!

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