2009/04/24

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!


Oh, how I could have been that rabbit in Alice in Wonderland...  

First Jake's flight was to arrive at 10:20 am, Thursday morning into New Bern.  Wednesday that time changed to 10:00 pm Thursday evening.  So, Wednesday night I stayed up super late.  I mopped my home, made and drank a huge chocolate milkshake, climbed in bed and was greatly encouraged by the book Heaven written by Jonathan Edwards.  Thursday morning we all slept in.  We'd had church the night before so Thursdays are always a late start for us.  We finished up lessons and then I took the kids out to eat for lunch to celebrate the end of the deployment and their excellence in coming through it so well.  We came home from that about 2:00 pm.  I had the kids take care of their laundry, as I had tackled that the night before as well. At 2:30 I was getting ready to put Silas and Libby down for their naps.  I had high hopes they would sleep until 4:45 at which time we'd head out to baseball practice and then have a late dinner and we'd occupy ourselves until 10 when Jake would arrive.
Instead of all that unfolding my phone rang and it was Jake!  He would be home at 4:00.  Great news.  I let the littles nap with the intention of waking them at 3:25, we'd load up in the van at 3:30 and be at the airport at 3:45 with flags in hand to greet our hero.  
That isn't what happened.... and I'm sure you can guess by the title.  I woke up Libby at 3:25.  She was full of grump and delirium... From the short nap to the late night before she needed to have a good cry.  I managed to get her under wraps and headed for little man's room while Jackie put on Lib's shoes.  Si was fast asleep and had filled his pants.  Stinky!!  Alright, quick change.  By the time we load into the van it was 3:40.  By the time we made it to the airport it was 3:57 or something like that.  Jake's plane landed early and for once he was waiting on us! Things didn't unfold as I had hoped but the reunion was as sweet as could be and the sight of the kids running to their dad waving their flags was breathtaking!  My heart leaps at the thought.  

5 comments:

john.reynolds1@mac.com said...

Thanks!

dirtandrib said...

He's just full of all kinds of surprises!

Karen said...

I am sooooo happy Jake is home.
not as much as your family .. but very happy in deed.
Welcome home sweet man!

Claire Higgins said...

You've all been in our thoughts constantly and we are sooooo happy for your reunion. Your home must be filled with happiness! Love, Claire and Clint

Gaines Family said...

Praise God! I'm so happy for you guys : ) Enjoy!