Monday, November 29, 2010


We're safely home, and happy to be here, though we DID hate to leave all those lovely people, as we each hugged and promised to "do it again in Spring---exactly the same," before we loaded folks and toys and clothes and too-many-bags-and-pillows-and-things-to-count into those four cars and all went our separate ways.

We staggered into the house after an afternoon of many delays in traffic, and sunny skies and Miss Dolly Parton on the CD, her golden notes ringing out through those Tennessee hills she was born in. We all had showers and midnight bedtimes, then a bright cheery breakfast with DS#2, #4, and Sweetpea.

I just noticed that the counter on here is getting very close to Post #600, and I'm usually prone to conserve and ponder appropriate words for such a milestone, but this time, there's too much to tell in SEVEN posts, I think, save to say it was the BEST Family Gathering this group has ever had---at least from my perspective. Everyone was so glad to all see the others, and the children played and did art and sang together like it was an everyday thing. It was wonderful, from start to finish, and I wouldn't have missed it for anything.

Laundry is going, most of the bags are relieved of their mishmash of necessaries and frivols, and the second pot is perking, as I fold things and put away things and talk about our trip with Little One---pictures of her cousins and aunts and uncles flash onto the screen here, hundreds of them, for we preserved the time as best we could, in pictures and deep in our hearts. Until next time.

And so, for this very busy Monday, Until Next Time for me, as well.

moire non,


Southern Lady said...

Welcome back, Rachel. I'm so glad your family holiday was everything you wanted it to be.

Kat said...

I can sure "hear" the joy in your words sweet friend. I'm so happy your time together was wonderful. Welcome home!


Patsy said...

It is always nice to get home.Glad you had a good time.

Jeanne said...

Hello Rachel, how wonderful that you had such a lovely time with your family gathering on Thanksgiving. Lots of love and fun to go around. It is a blessing when the children love each other and being together.
Ours was the same only we stayed home and had family here. We are blessed.

Warm hugs, Jeanne

Tonja said...

Oh Rachel, I am so glad the actual visit was up to your expectations! Sometimes we think it is gonna be great and something goes awry and the trip is not at all what we had hoped. But, sounds as if everyone was in the same frame of mind and ready to make some sweet memories for your family. I'm so glad! Happy you are home safely!

Kim Shook said...

Well, here it is 12/6 and I am just getting to this post - I am a week late! The things I 'hafta' are deeply eroding my 'wanna' time just now. I thought about you all and your trip and your reunion and am so glad that EVERYTHING went so well!