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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Hello from AZ!



I arrived yesterday after multitudinous airport delays!

We sat on the runway in Greensboro NC for 45 minutes because we were informed it was snowing in Chicago! Good thing I had the hand quilting with me :c) This pic is of the snow through my window upon landing. The only thing it doesn't show is how the snow was blowing SIDEWAYS!! :cP We sat here on the runway while they cleared stuff so we could get to our gate.

Once arriving in Chicago, I barely had time to get from F terminal to C terminal to catch my plane...walked right on board without having to stop and wait..they were already boarding.

Once buckled in, huffing and puffing, we were told we had to wait for the de-icer truck to make its way to us...and that took another 45 minutes! Let me tell you, we were lucky to get OUT of Chicago, in fact, when we landed in Phoenix, I overheard a gate lady telling several frustrated passengers that they were not going anywhere because Chicago had been closed down with nothing going in or out for more than 3 hours. Well, my flight was 3 hours 45 minutes, so I think that we were probably one of the last planes to leave O'Hare!

I met my brother's plane just as he was landing, a few gates down from mine. What a wonderful reunion! We were met by my dad down by baggage claim and off we went to go see my other brother at his office.

I'm having a wonderful reunion with my family. This pic is of my two brothers (both younger than me, yes I am the old one!) and my dad...the 4 of us have not been together at the same time in 7.5 years. Way too long.

Last night we all went to my nephew's high school choir Christmas Concert, and it was fabulous. A real family time of love and support. It was just what I needed to get me into the Holiday spirit.

I met my young niece, Ashley, who is 7 years old. The first time I got to hug and hold her and she is 7. Where do the years go? She has glued herself to my lap and my side, and my heart is full with being loved on by a little girl, a blessing that I have missed in my life since losing my daughter in infancy. I never let myself get too close to little girls because it hurt too much, but even that is healing as I spend this time with family.

And this is getting pretty long and deep, so I'm going to end it here and wish you all the same...the joy of loved ones around you, related or not. We're all on this journey together.

17 comments:

Amy, aka ABB said...

That is a good-looking family! Hope you enjoy your time together - it becomes more precious the older we get.

Lizzie said...

What a lovely story to share. Indeed family is very special. enjoy! Lizzie

Lee said...

Enjoy your time with your family. They will be cherished memories for many years to come. Soak up the sun while you are there too.

Tammy said...

Glad to read you made it there safely even if your flights were delayed. If it is any consolation I live in Manitoba, Canada. This is morning it was minus 37 Celsius with a wind chill of minus 45! Your family reunion sounds delightful. I am so sorry about your infant daughter, that part of your posting is heartbreaking. I hope you have a fabulous visit.

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing Bonnie. Family is so important this time of year. I need to do better at appreciating them the rest of the year. And, the unconditional love of that little 7 yr. old brought tears to my eyes. If only we could all follow her example.

marilyn said...

Glad you made it and am enjoying family time..
your post is exactly what the journey should
be like. It brought tears to my eyes. Nice
to see the men in your family, all very
handsome. Enjoy your time together.

marilyn said...

Glad you made it and am enjoying family time..
your post is exactly what the journey should
be like. It brought tears to my eyes. Nice
to see the men in your family, all very
handsome. Enjoy your time together.

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Traveling this time of year is always chancey . . . we never know what we'll run into. While a large part of the midwest (Chicago!) is blanketed with snow, we here in NE Minnesota didn't get any. Only horrendous winds that have brought a windchill factor of 20-30° BELOW zero today. A great day to be inside quilting!

Enjoy your family. So much fun to see the picture of you and your guys!

Cbar said...

Wishing all families everywhere the love and warmth you and your family have. Have a great Christmas Bonnie!

Lois Grebowski said...

(no need for reply, I know you're traveling.)

I'm glad you made it there safe and sound! Enjoy the family!
:-D)

Shari said...

What a wonderful time together - warm in weather and warm in heart...

creativedawn said...

Hi Bonnie and Merry Christmas!
Wheww, glad you were able to make it (inspite of the storm) to your family reunion as you all look sooooo very happy. Oh, those little girls are soooo sweet, aren't they! There is nothing like family; they help us cope with "life"...hugz. Well, enjoy your trip and I look forward to seeing more pics of you and your good-looking brothers...lol! Really you are a nice looking family.
hugz
Pam

Kathleen said...

Our quilting friends bring so much to our lives, but family touches our heart like nothing else can.

Fabric Fanatic said...

I agree....that's a really handsome family. Enjoy you time with them and the healing of a little girl who has glued herself to you...no accidents in God's world.

woolywoman said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying your family! I am going to try and enjoy mine more. I am sorry to hear of your lost daughter- of course you must think of her often. May her memory be a blessing.

onlymehere said...

What a beautiful reunion story and that niece sounds adorable staying by your side! Enjoy this special time with your family.

The Calico Cat said...

Enjoy Arizona - I graduated from a Phoenix area high school...