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I have to say, when my mother called me a few weeks ago and asked if we would entertain a visitor in our house for several days, I was hesitant. I mean, I’m fond of meeting new people and all that (particularly adventurous souls, as she touted this Flat Stanley fellow to be), but I don’t like bringing strangers into my home.

My mother, though, is very persuasive. Especially when it comes to me. Okay, I admit it: I’m a momma’s girl. Totally. And, in the end, all that mattered was that she’d asked for a favor (on behalf of my niece), and I needed to just say yes and get on with it.

As Mom explained it to me, Flat Stanley is both a book and a school project which promotes literacy and communications. Families all over the world (including a bunch of celebrities, as shown at [Link Removed] ) are bringing Flat Stanley into their lives to support their grade schoolers' projects, and are encouraged to collect souvenirs, take lots of pictures and journal (or blog) about the time they spend with him.

Little did I know that bringing Flat Stanley into our lives would be so much fun!

“...Stanley Lambchop was a typical boy who had a large bulletin board fall on him. He was flattened to one and a half inches thick. Stanley discovered he could be folded up and mailed in an envelope to different places. Stanley now wishes to come and visit you.”

As luck would have it, Scott and I are taking a trip this weekend to go visit Jonathan. We’ll be picking him up from the Job Corps campus on Sunday morning and will travel about a half hour to Austin, where we’ll visit the University of Texas campus (where Jonathan hopes to one day attend), have lunch on 6th Street and just play tourists for the day. Then Scott, Flat Stanley and I will stay overnight either in San Marcos or San Antonio, and have breakfast on the River Walk.

I will be taking lots of pictures and blogging about our adventures with Flat Stanley. We hadn’t really budgeted for an extra person, but I guess he doesn’t look like he’ll eat all that much, huh? ;)

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