Sunday, June 12, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

As much as we all enjoyed the Philippines, it is SO VERY GOOD to be home! Jet lagged? For sure! Although I'm not too sure the girls are yet. Our layover in Beijing  turned into about twice as long because our plane from Toronto never showed. We were moved gates four times and sorry to say, but the Chinese are very not helpful when it comes to speaking English, so half the time we had no clue what was going on. The girls did really well. A couple of massive meltdowns were had by the two youngest while waiting, but when you are stuck in an airport for twelve hours, it's to be expected. In fact I wanted to have one myself -- and it had nothing to do with trying to keep our daughters from running around in hyper drive. I just wanted to go home!!

When we were finally able to take off, the two older girls were asleep before the plane even left the tarmac, and Peanut fell asleep as we taxied down the runway. They all slept for a good six hours, so no surprise really that they're not particularly jet-lagged yet.

We arrived home at 4 am to our fantastic baby sitters who watched our girls the last two days as my parents had another engagement long ago planned for this weekend. (I'm sure my mom is now chomping at the bit to head home to meet her new granddaughters :o)). There was a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my gardens on the island; delicious cupcakes sitting on the island too with a wonderful cake!

The laundry is started, I've napped, and the girls are having a blast getting to know each other. Our big girls rocketed out of bed when we arrived home at 4 am. Oh, I have missed them so!

Well, that's it for now. I confess we had Tim Hortons at 3 am. I didn't have coffee though, but a hot chocolate and one of their trail mix cookies. Yummo! It is so good to be home!

Thank you to all of you praying us home! Once again we felt your prayers!

Blessings!

12 comments:

  1. Welcome back!!! So glad you're safely home and that the girls traveled well.

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  2. Welcome home!!!! I did so enjoy all your posts from the Philippines, and can't wait to hear all about your adventures as a family of 9!!

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  3. Welcome home! I look forward to reading about all your new adventures as a family of 9!!

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  4. Welcome home!!! 12 hours in an airport where they don't speak english...oh my. So glad you are home and can settle in.
    Hugs from Texas,
    Leslie

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  5. So very happy you are home! I had to laugh at your comment about wanting to have your very own meltdown! It's a testimony to what a godly woman that you are that you did not. I have seen plenty of adult meltdowns in airports among other place.
    Happy, so very happy for you.
    Love to you all and may you feel God's extraordinary strength as you adjust to being back home.
    ~a

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  6. Welcome home Deborah,Engineer,Bub,and wee three sweet girls.
    I had tears of joy streaming down my face as I read your entry.
    Rest well when you are able.
    Love to your family,
    Kelly

    PS did I mention how happy I am for you?!!

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  7. Welcome home!!! I can't imagine how crazy and exciting things have been in your home over the past several hours! It must be amazing to watch all your children getting to know one another. Good luck and I hope you get some sleep soon!! Take care.

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  8. Welcome home!!!

    Glad all are safe and sound. Looking forward to news and pics AS YOU ARE ABLE.

    Enjoy settling in together,

    Julie

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  9. I so enjoyed going back and seeing what I'd missed. Your girls are beautiful. How very exciting. Apparently all of the prayers offered up for you were answered as you are here as a family all safe and sound. Praise the Lord!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  10. So glad you're home and able to start settling in!

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  11. So happy for you all!! I can't imagine arriving home at 4am... Oh my. I so enjoyed your posts from the Phillippines. Comparing your journey to ours is much different! You did such a great job! Glad that everyone is doing ok, and that the girls traveled well. Hope the meltdowns are only occasional.

    Blessings,
    ~Michlyn


    P.S. I'll continue to pray for your family of 9, and all of the adijustments you have to make. Hope the jet-lag goes away for all of you... and that those who get it, that is doesn't last long. :)

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  12. Congratulations and welcome back! I am sure you are glad to be home and to start to get settled! Wow! What an adventure the Lord gave you....
    I have enjoyed watching and reading the updates! What a sweet family you have...
    Many Blessings!

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