Sunday, October 31, 2010

October 31: Atlanta, GA to New Orleans, LA

Heaveno and Happy Halloween!

I can already tell this post might be in total gibberish as I can't keep my eyes open. We had a great road trip to New Orleans today. We did the French Quarter, then went to see baby Tripp and his family. We are staying with them tonight. Another beautiful day on the road. Ali is really starting to get the groove; she was great all day today, and it was our longest run yet.

Hilarious time in the french quarter... Ali STOLE the show. Beads beads Beads. Then, my camera died. Maybe for the best? ;)

There were a lot of pictures taken of the "Superfamily!"...

Baby Tripp is surrounded my more love (and toys) than you can imagine. Courtney, her mom, dad, and rest of the family are just so so sweet.

Too tired to go on...

God night.

Trendy mirror not exactly functional for all...

Now it works!

Ali was so excited; she said she finally got to hold Bella (I know...)...

This one is Ang's request. Man, we miss that kid...


  1. You really are the SUPER family.
    You all looked so cool
    Glad you had fun.
    Love Lolly

  2. Perfect costume choice. Simply perfect.
    Kisses for Tripp....what a sweet little Guy.
    Love from home....

  3. Hey there Super duper family,

    You guys rock! awsome costumes. This is for Ang. Ang you are one awsome inspirational woman the world truely needs more of you. Keep smiling you light up any place you are in I only know from photos but a photo can say a million things and thats what I get from the photos of you. I am thinking of you peeps all day and everyday and thank you for sharing your life journey with us all, and I know I keep thanking you guys but thanks again :-)

    God bless and love you all so very much
    Sunny South Africa

    P.S. I am going to email you Tim I really want Bella's book but cant purchase it online so I need bank details to where I can deposit money for the book aswell as shipping costs.

    Toodles :)

  4. Perfect costumes!!! You look great!I admire the energy you have to travel and have so much fun. Good for you!
    Always praying for the Ringgold family.

  5. Love the costumes!!! I've definitely seen a mirror like that in a hotel as well. Seriously - what on earth were they thinking? (I guess Ang just needed her super powers to reach it!)

    Glad you guys had a good Halloween! Mine was fun, although my friends and I missed out on the pig races at the pumpkin farm because the GPS took us about 15 miles out of the way, making us get there too late for the last races of the day. Oh-well... there are worse things in life!

    Ok - it's time for me to go to bed (stayed up late tonight so that I can sleep during the day on Monday and get back on my night schedule for work)!!!

    Hope you continue to have safe travels!

    Chicago, IL

  6. LOVE the costumes... you ARE the Super Family- no doubt about that. The tidbit about Ali being happy to hold Bella practically broke my heart, what a sweetheart. Please give Tripp a big hug from us!

  7. LOVE the superfamily! Totally perfect and it just made my morning!

    I also love the pic of angie! I'm 5' 2" - husband 6' 3" - he just hung a mirror for me yesterday and said "i figured if i couldn't see my fac it would be the perfect height for you" - and he was right!

  8. I knew I should have guessed the super hero route. :) Great costumes!

    What were they thinking when they put that mirror up? At least it makes for a couple of funny pictures and proves where there is a will there is a way.

    Ali the dear girl. She got the water works going this morning.

    I have to mention that since I told you about having a hard time remembering to pray I have been able to remind myself and "get it done". I think what made it so hard was...I have a very specific order I pray in. Scarlett, Hannah, my eb babies and 2 precious babies that died (one from cancer the other CHD). Moving Bella to the end of my prayers was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But I have and I "talk" to her right before I go to sleep.

    I wish I could meet Tripp...I am so jealous! :)

    Sending my love to all and some of the sweetest kisses and biggest bunches of hugs for Ali. Continued safe travels.

    Denise WI

  9. LOVE the costumes and so perfectly fitting for you all!

    We moved our desks at work this weekend and this morning did not go so smoothly, but as soon as I saw that picture I was all smiles!

    I am glad your "SUPER" family had a super time in New Orleans!

    Love the picture of Bella! I never got to meet her, but I miss her too!
    Prayers for continued safe travel!
    Tina in NJ

  10. I love the costumes - you truly are a SUPER family! :) I imagine that New Orleans is one of the coolest places ever to be on Halloween.

    That mirror is crazy!

  11. SUPER-FAMILY!! What great costumes - so glad you had a wonderful time. Kiss that sweet Tripp for us - hope he's feeling better!

    Safe travels to TX!!


  12. A Super Hero family indeed!!!! Love your pictures. Aw, so glad you got to spend time with Tripp and his family. I am sure they a wonderful family to meet.

    Much love you guys!


  13. And no one guessed the costumes! So glad you had a good time.

    LOVE the photo of Bella, of course you miss her, she is precious. How could you not? I was talking with a lady who lost her child young and she said, "I'll miss him everyday until I see him again. It never goes away and I wouldn't want it to."

    Jeez = I feel a loss and I never experienced her adorable self. Not sure I'll ever forget your sweet girl.

    Great costumes! If you get time, would love to see the photos of you all and Trip.

    Safe journey - Kim from California
    PS...ANYTIME you get up to Silicon Valley, I'd love to meet Bella's family.

  14. Jack and Molly's NanaNovember 1, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Do I get PARTIAL credit for guessing the Incredibles? Pretty close, you've got to admit. Good choice, Super Family!
    Glad to see you all enjoying your time in New Orleans; what a crazy place, even crazier on Halloween, I'd guess (especially with the big football game). The mirror photos are hilarious!
    Safe travels to your next stop; see you on the 14th!

  15. I'm glad you guys are having fun on your trip. Speaking of...give Tripp and Courtney a hug for me!

  16. What a great costume, it sure looks like you guys are having a good time. Thinking of you all the time and wondering how you are all doing. Safe travle on to your next route. A "Super Hero Family" is what you really are.
    Love from Canada

  17. Hi again,
    I'm glad y'all had a good time in my neck of the woods! It sure was perfect weather for the French Quarter and all the attractions of New Orleans. The Saints won, so that makes it even better!
    Y'all looked awesome! I thought about y'all all day, wondering what kind of adventures you'd find in the French Quarter! I'm glad y'all got to visit with Tripp. I follow his journey too and he holds a special place in my heart and prayers.
    I know EXACTLY what Ang with the mirror feels like. I'm 5'2", my husband is 6'4". I can't let him hang up anything! But he does come in handy changing light bulbs.
    It broke my heart to read that Ali finally got to hold her sister. Well now Bella gets to hold hers too.
    Be safe on that road and come back this way one day!
    Lots of love,

  18. Thanks so much for stopping by and let us meet your family. I hope you have enough candy to get you home:) Your family is wonderful and I wish you a very safe trip home and if you're every back in Ponchatoula please stop by again. I wish your family all the best, you have a very blessed family and I know why God picked you to be Bella's parents. Oh, and I loved the costumes !!!! Judy (Anita's Cousin)

  19. Hey Ringgold family!

    I've been reading each day but haven't had a chance to comment (reading on my phone instead of computer, which makes it hard to type). It was so great to see you all in Winston-Salem the other night, to hear your voices, share some hugs and hear you play/sing some beautiful music. I thought about you all and Bella the whole way back on the drive to Durham, and how fortunate I am to have been able to be a part of your lives and her life in some small way. I've also been thinking a lot about community and what it means to stay connected to people and really be a part of something.

    The super hero costumes are adorable. You're truly an incredible group of people. Stay safe on your journey - I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more from your trip. Thanks, as always, for sharing a piece of your lives and hearts with us.

    :) Kim from NC

  20. what an amazing meeting for you to meet Tripp and Courtny. I have to say that Tripp is definitely a superman. inspirational that the ringgolds also chose super hero costumes! tripp was the first person i heard of who had eb, from your courtney's blog, i found Bella, Daylon, Jonah, and then from Bella's Elle. All of the families are inspirational. i continue to pray and follow all of your journeys. love from a st. charles parish louisiana resident

  21. gosh, the costumes are soooo cool!!! Where did you find them?! The costumes rock, just like the people in them! I think Ang's beads take the cake ;) those are the biggest beads I've ever seen! Btw...Ang looks is glowing and angel-like! And Ali of course, is too cute for words!
    Thinking and praying for you- with all our love, always,
    Nicole & family

  22. carla spradlin, portsmouth, ohioNovember 1, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Hi, I love the costumes. This is on memorie that Alli will always remember. I thiknk you have turned a sad memorie into a good one that will stay with her forever. Bella changed a lot of lives, maybe Alli's more than any. She gave Alli a chance to experience how uch love and good there is in our world. I'm glad you are enjoying your travels. Be safe on your trip home.
    Love and prayers, Carla
    Sorry about the spelling. Typing from my phone

  23. Great costumes. What a WONDERful family! I'm glad to hear you guys had fun yesterday. We did too. It was great getting the kids all dressed up and watching Malorie trick or treat. She sounded so cute with her little voice.

    Again, you have great pictures of your trip posted. Thanks for sharing. I totally love the picture of Bella, so beautiful. I love that smile. The picture of Ali holding Bella brought tears to my eyes. So sweet.

    Lots of Love,
    Amber, Craig, Malorie(2 1/2), and Liam(10mos.)
    The McLaughlin Family
    Moreno Valley,CA

  24. Grant and I just about dies when we saw the costumes! HILARIOUS! So fitting, but hilarious none the less! You guys all looked fantastic. I absolutely love the pics of Bella from yesterday and today.... we miss her too. Praying for more fun, strength, and safe travels!
    Loving you guys lots,
    The Vanderbooms