Kansas City Road Trip

"Well it's Friday night and we're getting out of town.
We don't care when the sun goes down.
Making memories with my friends...
Just road trippin on a long weekend."
-Road Trippin by Josh Abbot Band
And that is exactly what I did on my long weekend! My trip started in Sanger Friday morning and I headed north on I-35 toward Kansas City, Kansas.  I met up with Jessica in KC and we went to Liberty, MO, Higginsville, MO, back to KC, and then home to Texas. 

I had such a blessed weekend.  It was amazing to be with Jessica, since we only get to see each other once a year.  We are blessed to have a relationship where we are truly intentional with each other constantly, and to have that in person for four days was worth every mile of the drive.  To not bore you with every little detail, and to make this post as short as possible here are the highlights of the weekend.

Saturday we went to The Roasterie for a tour of the coffee factory.  It was very interesting and I got a few bags for my dad to try.  From there we headed to Liberty, MO and had the best breakfast ever, did some shopping, and I got the driving tour of William Jewel College.  It was so great to get to see where Jessica lived for five years and where she went to school.  After Liberty we headed to Higginsville, MO to meet the parents and see her hometown. 

Sunday was spent at Jessica's home church where he father pastors, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in KC, and Jessica's church in KC.  I really enjoyed getting to see where Jessica worships every Sunday and meet all of her friends at church.  The museum was great and I was really impressed by some of the pieces in their collection. Two of my faves were this great Pollock and an original Eames chair.
Monday we spent the day in Kansas City and it was lovely.  We went to the Plaza and went shopping and had some yummy BBQ (but not as good as Texas BBQ).  We both got some great stuff at Banana Republic, Sur la Table, and Francescas.  Below is me at the plaza with a penguin(that's normal, right?) and a shot I got on our driving tour of downtown KC.    
One of the things I loved so much about my trip is that everywhere we went you could feel love.  Whether it was from some loving and heartfelt conversation with Jess, meeting her loving friends and family, or seeing the love she has for her community.  We wrapped up the weekend and holiday with a cookout in Jess's neighborhood and the community and love there was amazing.  I am so thankful that Jessica shared her life with me and I cannot wait to go back and see more.  

Happy Monday, dear friends!  I hope that you have a blessed week!