Back at Ben's parents house, we enjoyed having a relaxing night with Ben's parents. My parents would be bringing the other kids down tomorrow from Orr, so we had about 24 hours to rest up for them. It was great how Lucee really enjoyed being around Mamaw and Gumpa. She liked helping them bake and having all the toys to herself.
The next day (Jan 29) I'll never forget the moment that the kids arrived! Noah walked in the door first and gave the biggest hug ever, his face buried in me. When I looked at his face, he had sweet tears in his eyes. Next, came Gavin who charged at me and gave a quick big hug and then went on to tell me about something that happened in the car. Then Lilee slowly walks in and with her head down walks up to give a hug. She says, "I really missed you, Momma". Oh, melts my heart.
It was so great being able to all be together under one roof. Our family of 6, Mamaw and Gumpa, and Nana and Papa from Friday night till Sunday morning. It also was wonderful not having to worry about anything other than loving on the kids. Both nights there, the kids wanted us all to sleep in the same room. So, we did.
Noah, Gavin, and Lilee were so happy to finally have their sister with them. Lucee seemed excited to be around them as well. She obviously had a bit of issue with sharing, but what kid doesn't :)
Sunday morning we headed south to Dayton, while Papa and Nana headed north. We are so thankful for Mamaw and Gumpa's hospitality. Also, for the love that both sets of grandparents shared with the 3 kiddos while we were apart from them for the longest we've ever been apart.
The 7 hour drive wasn't too hateful, even with the traffic jams due to accidents. Lucee did great sitting in her carseat and we were all so happy to get back to our home, which we'd been gone from for 3 full weeks!
It's been a long, wonderful trip. We are thankful it's over and look forward to the whole family coming with if we get to travel to China again!
|3 1/2 hour Van ride to Hong Kong Airport|
|Walking to the Plane :)|
|Lucee's first plane ride...|
|So far, so good|
|Ben and his brother Jake (His family came over Friday night to hang out before the other kids came the next day.)|
|Papa and Lilee meeting Lucee after she woke up from her nap.|
|1st Photo of our family of 6!!!|
|Lucee sewing with Gumpa|
|Sisters!!! ( Thanks Mamaw for the dresses)|
|Papa and Nana with kiddos|
|Gumpa and Mamaw with the kiddos|
|Lovely Welcome home sign waiting for us when we got home (Thanks Sara and Evie!!)|