We debated whether or not we should even go. We didn't FEEL like it, but sometimes that can't be the reason we don't do things. We decided we could be missing Dakota something fierce, but still go and encourage Colton to play in his golf tournament. So thats what we did.
It was 91 glorious degrees outside and hot doesn't begin to describe it. But I didn't hear a single complaint about the heat. Colton played in the Ironman Junior Classic Golf Tournament. He played with boys in the 5-7 year old age category. Dad was his caddy and Nolan and I walked behind. Colton kept it interesting. He would par a hole and then take a couple of extra strokes. Finally he landed one in the sand trap and hit and hit and hit. But he didn't lose his composure and got a 3 on the next hole.
At the end of the round the kids ate ice cream while they tallied up the scores. And with a 38, Colton tied for first place! But there was only one trophy for first place. So they went to a play-off. On the first hole Colton made it in 4 and Hunter ended with a 5. Colton was the victor by 1 stroke!
There was no doubt where we were going to celebrate. After a tasty feast at our favorite mexican/pizza place, Zorbaz, we headed to Detroit Lakes. The water was refreshingly cool and the boys thoroughly delighted in the sand and the water.
For a few hours we were just a typical family enjoying an outing and it helped put a little bandaid over our open wounds. Its still hard coming home. Its still too quiet. Part of us is still missing, but onward we go.
I've been so touched by the outpouring of love we have felt by everyone. Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to reach out to us! Your thoughtfulness and insightful words have meant more than I can adequately express.