And FREEZING cold.
Dave took the kids one day and then we went with cousins the next.
There was snow falling almost all day and the snowflakes were so perfect. I tried to get a picture with my hand for the split-second I could spare without wearing my glove but it can’t do those beauties much justice.
Julie, Seth, Dave and I were so tired at the end of the day we snuggled up in our stretchy pants and got caught up. Love those guys so much.
We lugged all our crazy luggage from the airport to my parents to Julie & Seth’s house and back to the airport again in any cars people were willing to take us in.
And then we boarded that plane and took off for HOME.
We took off in a snowstorm:
…up and over the clouds.
Especially to be greeted by these beauty people:
…(and some more waiting out in the cars) who helped lug us and all our luggage and cars and a trailer home.
I didn’t record much of what happened when we got here on my camera, but I’ll just say there was a whole bunch of whooping and hollering going on…complete squeals of delight, and we just explored our home we love so much as friends came in and out to welcome us late into the night.
Elle’s friend stole her away for a little surprise party. This was before they whisked her away:
Let’s go ahead and get a better look at that:
Are they sweet or what?
I am in awe at all the food here. When Dave and I went to load up at Costco we were like kids in a candy shop it was so amazing to see so much familiar STUFF. And we are still getting used to how clean and “sterile” it all seems to be. Elle was especially excited about the pesto.
We took Dave’s parents and sister out to dinner and dessert to debrief from our trip and theirs (they were in Africa right before we left).
And we got here in time for our favorite traditional holiday party that happened to be after Christmas this year. I’m so mad I didn’t get a picture of the whole group (a room jam-packed with so many people we love and look up to so much) but these are the people still hanging around at the very end with us. My cheeks always hurt after that party because for some reason we are laughing all night with the games and white elephant.
Just have to let you know that your blog is always so uplifting and inspiring to me. Thank you for this beautiful post!
Shawni – my grandmother just sent me a copy of her book (bought in 1985) "Life Planning," written by your father and Paul H. Dunn. Enclosed was a letter that she tried to send to your father in 2012 but never reached him. If I emailed you the letter would you forward it on to him? It would be very much appreciated! THANK YOU! tiffaner at gmail dot com
Welcome Home! I hope a HOME tour is coming soon.
I'm listening to this podcast on This American Life right now and I wanted to share it with you. Very interesting to consider. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/544/batman#play
Que emoción!!!! Quisiera conocer la nieve algún día! No hay nada mejor que el hogar! Me fascina tu blog! Linda familia!
So terrific to see what happened after you left us! Can't wait to be there in just 10 more days!