Tuesday, June 05, 2012

And the Travelers Return


Our son-in-law Gerry chose the perfect word to describe my feelings this evening - complete. All of our children (and grandchild + grand-to-be) sat around the dinner table, laughing, talking, eating, sharing. Together. Complete. Wonderful.
 

Tired and jet-lagged, Owen suffering from a cold, they smiled and we smiled back. They look so much better in person than on Skype, wonderful technology though it is. The weary travelers went to bed early and I hope they sleep soundly through the night.
 

Little Miss wasn't even walking when they left, now she runs and climbs with aplomb. Here she is, trying to fit her 18-month old self into the doll bed made for her auntie long ago. Her contortions were hilarious, and she eventually curled herself up and settled in - for a few seconds. 

I'm just so happy, and give thanks to God for bringing Owen and Ashley home after nine months of adventures, from Germany to Switzerland, France, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Ireland and England. 

Sigh of contentment. 

14 comments:

marigold jam said...

I know that feeling! So glad they returned safely.

Jojo said...

Welcome home to the happy travelers. Your heart must be full with joy and happiness.

podso said...

How wonderful for you.. Having them all together under one roof and around your table...you are richly blessed!

Sheila said...

Imagine the tales Ashley and Owen will have to tell. It will be wonderful to listen to their stories and see their pictures. The experiences they have had will shape them as people and become part of who they are. Glad to hear that they are home safe and sound!

Vee said...

Oh sweetness all around. Precious, comfortable, contentment...

Can't wait to hear some of those stories. The adventurers must be full of them!

Jill said...

That dining room was filled with joy!! I'm happy for you that all of you were together safe and sound with so many stories to tell!

Cheryl said...

And all is right with the world ...
Ours will be here in July, with our sweet Wiley. It will be a new adventure for her to be in Mimi and Poppi's home instead of the other way around. So glad you're enjoying all your family.

ellen b. said...

Ahh...reunions with those we love...priceless! Enjoy...

Katherine said...

Glad your loved ones had safe travels and are now home. I'm sure you're enjoying every minute!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Sharing in your joy! I'm thinking those nine months went much quicker for me than for you. It seems not so long ago that you were sending them off with your blessing.

Andrea Dawn said...

So happy for your joy at having your beloveds home again.

Carole said...

Family smiles! :)

Friko said...

I'm sure your little heart is all round happy again, with all your chicks safely under your wings. Enjoy yourself.

Linda said...

How wonderful! Oh how marvelous!