I have so much to tell about the trip! I will take it apart piece by piece. The Lord showed up in huge ways over and over and many times I felt like it was only total dependence on Him that got me through – backed by praying friends all over the world. So thank you praying friends!!
It’s true: last night I fell asleep while talking to some friends at the airport. Which, by the way, thank you sweet, sweet friends who were there greeting us when we arrived. It was so wonderful to see all your smiling and cheering faces when we walked through the door. You guys blessed us so much by taking time out to be there even after a blizzardy day and our plane’s delay you persevered and were there for us to welcome us home and yes, it made our day!! Thank you!! We felt very loved by each of you there.
Anyway, I was changing one of the babies diapers, seated on the floor and could hardly keep my eyes open as I was doing it. One of my friends asked me a question and while answering it I fell completely asleep and started rambling about something that made no sense. I guess one of them laughed or something and I woke right up. I think that finally being home and knowing that the responsibility was no longer only on me – CRASH!!
We got home, with the help of some sweet friends, who measured car seat straps and helped haul luggage to our car and unload it since my hubby is still a one-armed bandit (due to the surgery).
Carie had cleaned my house (that much-needed deep cleaning stuff – the kind you only want your dearest friends to do because they love you in spite of your grime). Love you precious girlfriend!! She had lots of help from our Autumn (who started the whole clean-up – thank you for your hard work precious blue-eyed daughter)…..Autumn also got out my Christmas house collection and my snowman collection out and put them up – thank you Autumny !! My mom helped watch Liberty and Isaiah bunches – thank you Mom – your help is deeply appreciated!
The house looked so gorgeous…and clean and Christmasy….so beautiful…and totally fun to also see that our stairrail had been done by the carpenter. He is a skilled craftsman who does beautiful work. We needed a stairrail because the entire state of Texas could have passed between the spindles – so unsafe for little babies….I gave our carpenter the idea and he went to work on it while in Africa and oh my! It’s gorgeous!! See for yourself…..perfect for our log home….
We had a bit to eat, again, thanks to Carie who had put dinner in our oven before heading to the airport to welcome us – what a friend! Then we gave both babies a bath and put them in their little footy jams. Elijah reluctantly went into his crib and cried off and on all night long for extended periods of time (which we kept comforting him)….Elizabeth would not go in her crib at all….but slept beside me fitfully and cried off and on all night long.
Dw and I barely slept, but what a wonderful reason to lose sleep!! Yippee Jesus!
And then today…..Elizabeth was solemn much of the time and withdrawn. She has had crocodile tears “out of the blue”, just dripping for no apparent reason at all (she did this on the plane also) – except that she is totally grieving, all to be expected….but so very hard to watch. She mostly wants me and has pushed the kids away throughout the day. I managed to catch a couple of sweet pics, but trust me, they were the exception.
Elijah is a bit more responsive, but also very withdrawn for the most part. He did run to me smiling tonight and that was really fun for this mama’s heart.
I missed the Isaiah and Liberty so much while I was in Africa and bringing home two needy little ones gave me an idea. So from Africa I phoned and asked Isaiah if we could go on a date the day after we got home. He was very excited and said, “YES!”….so we snuck away for a special treat (his choice) and ended up at Starbucks where he enjoyed a Strawberries and Cream Icy Drink (brrrrr) and a peppermint frosted brownie….I had an Americano with a dab of cream -yummm…REAL coffee!! =)
Isaiah and I then did a bit of shopping in our quaint little town and ended up in a toy store on Main where I ran into Carie. That was fun! Isaiah picked out a couple of little presents for Elijah – to give him on Christmas.
Thank you for your continued prayers for our family. They mean more than you could ever know….more tomorrow….from our cozy little home to yours….a very Merry Christmas – soon!! xo