Had a good day with SIL and hers....her 93 year old mother, grandchildren at 12, 15 and 17 years, and her adult daughter.
Two separate households for now, soon to be one as daughters job moves her north and she takes her family with her.
All are needed to care for the 93 year old, who can no longer be left alone for any period of time, and the adult daughter provides needed back up to her mom as the two boys have become teenagers.
They can't do what they're doing without being in close proximity to each other, so they will move together, adult daughter leading the march and gradually moving into place as head of this family.
SIL has had these three grands full time for about 10 years, and saved their lives....if not actual life, close to it... and certainly their potential for growing up able to become happy and productive members of society.
Short of raising her own two as a single parent, with little to no positive support and input from my brother
, taking these three in from their completely-off-the-rails mother, and giving them the stability, love and care they needed, is the best thing she has done in her life.
They are doing what families do, taking care of each other, and it is working. Kind, compassionate, honest people, everyone is getting what they need.
I am proud to know them, and to give what help I can.
We will mosey toward the Mississippi River later this morning, and start our trek toward northern MN and my friends there.
It will hopefully cool off.
We dry camped in the front yard here last night, vent fan making sleeping tolerable once the sun was down, but humidity remains high and I'm ready for a change.