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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Busy, busy!

This is what made me so busy. This is Miss 22. She came home last Friday afternoon from her mission (for the church) on Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah. She has been unwell and wasn't due to come home until February, but received a medical release last week. This is the moment that she met her nephew for the first time at the Adelaide Airport. She was gone for 13 months so there have been some changes. Grandson wasn't even invented when she left!


Mr 7, Miss 11 and Mr 14 have changed the most. Miss 22 was blown away by Mr 14. He has grown about 7 or 8 inches in height since she left, and he now has the deepest voice in the family.

She was so happy to see her sisters. Fortunately all of our kids are pretty close and I think all of them count each other as friends. This is Miss 22 and Miss 18 holding hands! Miss 16 was on a school excursion that she had committed to before we knew Miss 22 was coming home. They caught up with each other after school.

We spent so much time upstairs that Miss 22's luggage was almost the only luggage left. So, our house is a little fuller than it was. A little louder than it was. A little sillier than it was. I guess that's the way we like it!

14 comments:

lera said...

That is exciting that she is home from her mission. I'm sorry that she is not well and hope she feels better soon.

Mary said...

You post made me smile! What a beautiful family! I do hope Miss 22 feels better soon. She looks good :o) I think she just needed her mommy. :o)

Sarah said...

Welcome home.

Family all together again....

Kate said...

How nice to have her back - I hope she is well soon.

Levin (and Emily) said...

i'm one of six children (which is a small family to you!) but we are all very close too. I love it and I love that all the cousins get on well now and have formed friendships. louis' best friend is his cousin madi who is 24! I wouldn't trade my family dynamics for anything - not for all the money or houses in the world. they are an absolute treasure.
so glad yours is too.
l
x

Cosy said...

I reckon your grandson is looking at Miss 22 and thinking 'I know you! You're one of us!'

I'm sure you are all delighted to have her home again.

Lotti said...

Hey these photos are just the best. I know I have said it before but we think your family are awesome. It's a shame that she had to come home early from her mission, but it is good that she is now back with her family and has the love and support that she needs. luv Lotti

Katherine said...

Welcome home to Miss 22! You have such a beautiful family. It must make your heart very full to see the close bonds between your children. Nothing makes me happier than when I witness such warmth and love in a family.

Bobbie said...

what a cute family you have! We have a good friend serving in temple square - Sister Beulah Phillips.. my husband was the YSA ward bishop so we have lots of YSA friends

thanks for your comment on my blog

Bird Bath said...

Must feel good to see her, even under the circumstances.
How happy they all look to be reunited!
Yay to you ...sounds like you have a full nest there :)

LOUISE said...

I am sure you are thrilled to have your daughter home, and lovely for your sons and daughters to have their sister back with them again. I hope she recovers from her ill health very soon, I am sure a few home cooked meals will go down very well! x

Suzanne said...

Returned with Honor, Miss 22...good for you. Hope you are feeling better soon! What a great family you have!

Cheryl said...

Your words were wonderful with this post, but I can tell you just looking at the picture all the love is so apparent. What a great family

Narnie's Notations said...

Hi Kris. My Miss 17 noticed that your Miss 22 was online and we did the math! Knowing that it hadn't been 18 months, I visited your blog - knew there would be an explanation!

Welcome home Miss 22! - I'm sure Temple Square must have been a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Give that nephew of yours a hug for me - would love to see him in person.

xo