What followed were a few pictures of the trip back. The younger kids, McKay and Katie, got cold after a bit, and Katie let her displeasure about it be known.
Here is the family eating at Smash Burger after the successful tree hunt.
After arriving home, Amanda and the kids started to decorate the tree. She asked me to FaceTime while they did so, and I was able to have a conversation with them (not looking at the phone) on my drive home, and for a while after I got home.
I wished I could have been there with them to share the experience. I hate being apart from them, and I hate that Amanda has the need to do brave things with no help. I pray all the time that we will be together soon.
On the order of answered prayers, it seems that McKay is feeling much better now. He's back to being his old self and wasn't sick for nearly the time that the doctor at the hospital said he would be. In fact, he began to improve quite a lot since that time. I'm grateful that my family is feeling healthy.