Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Those last few feet as you can SEE them, but have to wait for the luggage, are exquisite. We filled the time by taking photos on both sides of the window. ::snort::
From 2009-12-29 Big Buddha De'Etta

From 2009-12-29 Jamin Big Buddha

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I cried when I hugged these men. I don't know why, but it was incredibly emotional to see them. Krista suspects it has to do with the fact that the girls left home 4 years ago and this is the first time the "boys" have come home. Probably. I'm so incredibly blessed to have them home.

Everyone was talking, Stacia walked in, turned the piano on, grabbed Jamin and said, "Let's dance."
From 2009-12-29 Big Buddha Krista

A few minutes later she said, "Jamin, now it's Cy's turn!"
From 2009-12-29 Big Buddha Krista

We drove 1 1/2 hours to sight see. We came home for dinner. It is great fun to have Eleven of us together again. We brought the table from the library down and added three TV trays....but we all fit.
From 2009-12-29 Big Buddha Krista

We started a family gift exchange tonight. It takes a bit of time with this many folks. When Josiah and Jamin began fading we had mercy and quit. They're in bed. Krista and Arielle are calling it a night. Nolan and Mike are playing with Nolan's new chess set. The rest of us are "settling".

We'll fit as much as possible into the next few days.

Everybody's Home in Japan...
Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!! This is the post we have been waiting for. We too are so happy you are all together for a bit.

Think 'K' is right about the crying.... and it also is the last ones to reach and the family is now complete. ENJOY to the hilt the few days you have together.

Looking at the pictures we can almost hear Jamin with his delightful and individual laugh. How diplomatic of Stacia letting Jamin have the 1st dance. :):):)

Thank you so much for sharing this time with us.

love/prayers Dad/Mom & G'Pa/G'Ma T.

Laura in CT said...

OH: all your homecoming photos have made me cry. So happy for you all, all together. May it be a richly blessing time!

Jodi said...

Yes it seems to be emotional for those of us reading too! Wishing you a wonderful whirlwind family time!

berrypatch said...

So happy for you all! Enjoy the time together. Love all the photos!!!!

Paula said...

I'm so happy for you to have the whole family together, if only for a few days.

Darshia said...

It's wonderful to see all of you together again! Praising Jesus for the reunion! Enjoying with you.

Deja said...

Celebrating while looking at all the pictures. All was fine, until I came to the picture of Stacia hugging Cy in the airport. That is so precious. Praying you celebrate and CHERISH these days of the 11 of you together.

Yvonne said...

I'm crying! LOL

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh good...then *I'm* not overly emotional. ::snort::

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

BTW all that display of emotion and affection in a Japanese airport is also not appropriate, but I noted that 98% of the Japanese were smiling big and all bowed and smiled and greeted us as we left the airport. They are fairly aware of American airport customs around here with so many deploying, leaving and coming from our small airport all the time.

Anonymous said...

Sis: I forgot to mention that I find it interesting the flower thing for departed souls. However even more interesting is the thought of aborted kids..... America wake up and see.... even those of other countries admit that a fetus is actually a real human. love/prayers --- Mom T.