WILLKOMMEN HOME!

Monday, January 13, 2014

I think we waited about five years for him to walk down that escalator. Ryan, Olivia, and I were even late to the airport - and yet still on time to greet our brother (phew). The evening was a blur of cheering, a billion hugs, first-time intros for the three babes born in 2012, storytelling, gift giving, and the consumption of Swiss chocolate. We kind of laughed (Nick is hilarious). And we all felt semi-bewildered that he was home, even though everything felt perfectly the same. 

Missions do something to a family. The distance they demand between the missionary and everybody else tightens heart strings, making that ultimate reunion overwhelming at least. To say that my family is obsessed with the promise of eternal families will suffice, actually. We are each other's best friends and it'll be that way for forever. Hallelujah.

The cherry on top - a pricless movie of the airport scene from my sister, Kimbee. It's a tearjerker. Danke a million, Kimbee. I love my family!!!

10 comments:

  1. You want to know something crazy? I teared up watching that video. I wanna say it's because of hormones, but i know it's because you have such a beautifully loving family. My only sister and sibling leaves on her mission in March, and I'm gonna be a mess.

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    1. So not crazy, Kate. Family = crying sometimes! Sooo excited for you and your sister. You'll love having her out, and you will love when she comes home. Love love love.

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  2. yep! that video brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of my own younger brother's homecoming. So tender. Congrats to your beautiful family!

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  3. Oh so sweet! You said it was a tearjerker but I still didn't think I would cry...ended up with tears a streaming. You just have such a sweet family. I am so excited to see him!

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  4. That video was sooooooo sweet!!! I love it! Although Spencer has only been out for 8 months, we are so looking forward to the day we get to hug him tight! Thanks for sharing such a sweet experience!

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    1. You bet! Can't wait to see what your insanely creatively family comes up with when Spencer returns...!!!

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  5. I loved watching your sweet family! And of course I cried... nothing better than welcoming a missionary home!

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  6. No pressure... but... you should never stop writing. It seriously brings me such joy. THANK YOU for sharing such happiness!

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  7. if i see this video on social networks one more time i will cry my brains out!!! just love it so much.

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