Indiana is beautiful in autumn, and my expecting sister was having her baby shower. My father wanted to give her a special present. So he asked if he could pay for my plane ticket to fly out but to keep it a secret - and I agreed. My sister and I are very close and talk on a daily basis, so it was extremely hard for me to let her go on thinking I wasn't able to come. However, it was worth it when I surprised her with my visit. I ran up to her and whispered in her ear, "Happy baby shower!"
At last, reunited and it feels so good!
It was such a special treat for all of my brothers and sisters to be together to support and celebrate my sister's pregnancy. As thrilled as we all were to welcome another family member into this world, I will say, none of us could have known how much pure happiness my sister's little bundle of joy would bring us all.
After the surprise visit and baby shower, I revisited one of my childhood memories: Deep River County Park, one of my favorite places in the fall time.
When I was little, my parents would take us here every fall for hayrides through the woods. Deep River also has "Maple Syrup Time" each first of March, where they drain the maple trees for delicious pure maple syrup! The Wood's Historic Grist Mill from the 1800s is still used today for grinding corn meal. The old brick building with three floors is my dream house! On the first floor, you can watch demonstrations of a volunteer grinding the corn as well as purchase the stone-ground cornmeal. You can see in my photos, the wood burning stove on the first floor; a one-room school replica and typical bedroom from the 1800s on the second floor; and lovely quilts on the third. Next door, is a church from 1904, where you can buy old fashioned souvenirs and other fun treats.