I have to admit that I imagined our initial reunion a bit more romantic, bu
t after being up since 4:00 am cleaning up Grant's throw-up and diarrea, leaving by 5:45, traveling slow through a snow storm and finding Jess landed a lot earlier then expected, my ideal reunion was a bit crumbled. But just because it doesn't begin the way you want it to doesn't mean the whole day goes sour. It was a great day.
The girls were so happy to see dad again and we caught up a bit on the ride home. As soon as we hit Camelot Village Jess saw the flags and sign that had been so thoughtfully put out last night to welcome him home. He asked me, "What are all the flags for?" When I told him they were for him Jess cried (of course grumbling at the same time that we shouldn't have done that for him.) It was a sweet gesture though and it made me cry as well because I know that the flags represent the love that the ward has for our family. Thank you everyone for putting them up and for all the support and love you have shown us through this last year. I would never have been able to get through the last 13 months without you.
When we got home Jess gave each of the girls a yellow rose and a red rose for me. He also gave Reanne and Sierra a party dress from Afghanistan. I wish the pictures would have turned out clearer so you can see the dresses better. They are very intricate and we both decided that Afghans definitely like their bling. Reanne and Sierra also gave Jess a book that they had made from their drawings and paintings called "I Love You Dad." It was really sweet.
They both went around the house and showed Jess everything that they thought might be important for him to know. Things like what they got for their birthdays and Christmas, what they like for snacks, and where the hairbrush is. What they really were looking forward to most however, was wrestling dad. It was so cute to watch. I don't think I have seen Reanne or Sierra so happy in the whole year Jess has been gone. Oh how little girls need a dad around! Letting them jump on me and pound me is just not something I am willing to do and they just love it. Grant of course loves Jess too, just like everyone else. He was smiling and laughing with him and not a bit shy.
It was such a wonderful day. I am so happy that it finally came.