Monday, October 11, 2010

Homecoming

While we were getting ready for the long trek home, our kids and grand kids were gathering in Utah and getting ready for us to come.
On Sunday, the 3rd of Oct, we travelled to Paris to the Mission home. We got there just in time to watch conference with President Staheli and his visiting family. We ate dinner while we watched and we really enjoyed listening to all of the wonderful talks. I still have to listen to the rest of the conference session, but things have been so busy and hectic that I haven't had a chance yet.
We went to a very nice hotel to spend the night. I will post pictures later. There I had to repack and get rid of some more stuff because of the weight limits. I still can't believe how many things we had to give away after 2 years in Europe. Although the room was beautiful and the bed was so comfy, I hardly slept all night. I think it was the excitement, apprehension, and lots of other emotions all mixed together. We had a very nice uneventful flight home.



Here are some of the girls making signs for our arrival.






















We were greeted with a whole crowd of family and friends and new babies. There were signs, balloons, hugs, kisses, and yes lots of tears. It was so great. We never expected such a wonderful greeting.
Of course wouldn't you know it, but my curling iron broke just that morning, so I had to see everyone and take pictures without my hair being fixed. Oh well, that's life.

We found everyone looking so good and all of the babies looking so beautiful. All of the kids have grown so much.
Most all of our children were there except for Lana and Alec and their families. Alec and his family were actually able come on Friday.
We all went to Valerie's house where we got to talk and laugh and visit. All of the girls prepared a nice dinner and we loved being together once again.
We have been so busy getting to know new babies, and doing things together. I think it will take me a while to catch up on my blog and then to start up the new chapter in our life. We have quite a few decisions to make about what to do and where to go. Meanwhile our sweet children are all wanting us to stay with them. We are sooooo lucky to have such great kids.




















































8 comments:

Yvonne said...

You look BEAUTIFUL and so incredibly happy. It must have been wonderful for everyone. I wish all of them could have been there.

It must have been so exciting to see all your new babies.

I'm sure you will know what you should do.

The Texas Bakers said...

Welcome home! I think your hair looks great. What a wonderful homecoming. I know Lana was so sad she couldn't be there with everyone else to greet you.

Connie said...

Natalie, how did I miss this post? Oh yeah, I've been with grandkids since Thursday!
What wonderful pictures of a very special homecoming! It brought tears to my eyes. If you're in Spanish Fork, we need to get together, soon! I'd love to hear your stories, to get to know you, to try out my Jr. High French, and to see your beautiful smile.
If you have a chance, email me at istartedout@gmail.com
I'll be home tonight from my daughter's home.

Jay said...

WOW! What a wonderful homecoming. You are loved! We are thinking of you.

Sara K said...

I'm so happy for you all!! This made me cry because I can see how much you all love each other and how happy everyone is to be reunited! Welcome home, love you!

allison nadauld said...

WELCOME HOME! Wish we could have been there for that reunion. How fun! So glad you made it home safe and can't wait to see you again! Well done!

Nancy Face said...

What a wonderful and beautiful family you have! These are great homecoming pictures! :)

nikko said...

Happy Homecoming! Look at all those sweet babies for you to love on.

We are actually on our way home from Lanc to Fort Worth. We should be home about the 29th. Right now I'm up in Seattle. We'll be out in AV again sometime next year, but we're really not sure when.