Generally, it's a good rule of thumb to be prepared for life's little inconveniences. For example... let's say that two of your three children were born in the beautiful state of Tennessee. Let's also say that the beautiful state of Tennessee issues "birth certificates" to you a month or so after those sparkly little children are born. O.K. still with me? Now let's pretend (just for fun) that it is 3 or 4 years after the "birth certificates" were issued and you need to obtain a U.S. Passport so that your children can accompany you on a trip to Mexico. However, much to your dismay, you discover that the "birth certificates" issued to you so timely by the beautiful state of Tennessee are not actually birth certificates. They are temporary ones that you keep "for the scrapbook" (as the nice lady told me on the phone). The real ones cost $80 each plus shipping and handling and will take up to a week to arrive at your home. So... little Dean will be spending the week camping with his friend Nathan and his wonderful, generous parents. Millie g. and Stella Belle are with my parents in Mississippi. We will be departing at 5am tomorrow for Mexico... just us. Happy family mission trip! It is actually a little bit exciting. Thank you, God, for working this out in a way that we could have never planned. You are good. Dear Tennessee, you messed up our trip. Don't be so sneaky. Love, Me.