Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday's Fillings...

Today began with waking to see my beloved at my side.
What a blessing that was!
It, also, began with Beth at our feet. ;o)
Will rose early, eager to make his daddy a pot of coffee.
Soon enough, we were all downstairs

beginning our day together.

What a delight it was to sit in the backyard,

in the gaezbo, drinking a cup of coffee
with my beloved!
We spent the morning just enjoying Daddy.

I knew I'd have to have the camera handy today
(and for the next two weeks!)
when I entered the living room to see this...

It just melts the heart!

Later this morning, Dad presented the children
with a few special things he had brought home for them.
He gave each of them lil' dog tags that say,
"With love from Dad, U.S. Marines, Iraq 2007".
They were each thrilled to have those.

Ally was excited to get a little porcelain doll
that he picked up for her while in Germany...

He had something particularly special for Will, too.
On Will's birthday (last week),
Daddy was visiting his brother (Will's uncle)
in a different part of Iraq
and on Will's birthday, Daddy and Uncle flew a flag
in honor of Will's 9th birthday.
After flying the flag, they took it down and folded it,
signed an official certificate, and got a photo!
It was quite a special gift!

We know it is something that
Will is going to treasure in years to come!

In addition to other gifts,
Daddy gave out a few foreign coins and, also, pogs.
Pogs are a 'cardboard coin' that can be used
at exchange stores on military bases.
They children thought it very interesting
that he could purchase things with cardboard. ;o)

(you can click on this photo to see it larger)

Later, we all had lunch together! ;o)
Ally made a yummy corn chowder...

It was a smorgasboard, really.
Ally and I ate the corn chowder.
The younger ones wanted Spaghettios.
And Daddy wanted a double-decker PBandJ.
But it sure was nice to sit at the table together...

After lunch, Will and Dad did some yard work together.
My beloved didn't mind, at all, mowing the grass.
It had been a while since he had seen so much of it! ;o)

Ally was out, too, feeding our wildlife. ;o)

As they worked outside, the lil' girls enjoyed some books...

After the yardwork, Daddy took the lil' girls to the store.
They were excited to be in Daddy's truck with Daddy...

By the way, see how the picture is a little 'foggy'?
It's been so hot and humid here this week
that everytime I try to take a picture outside,
my lens fogs up intensely. Yikes!
Is it hot where y'all are?
My poor beloved is having to adapt

to this moist, humid heat
instead of that dry desert-like heat.
He thinks this may be worse. lol

As they made a quick trip to the store,
I began our traditional sourdough pizza for Fridays...

After eating, it was a sweet sight in the living room...

Daddy was dozing in and out of sleep...

Ally was working on a new crochet project...

Carolynne was relaxing on the chair...

Will and Beth enjoyed snuggling...

Oh, what a blessing it is to have Daddy home...

even if it is only for a while.


Jill said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! What a great birthday present for Will!


The Cheerio Queen said...

Listen Christina,

If you don't stop making me cry every time I read your blog I am going to have to stop reading your blog!! lol JUST KIDDING! These pictures are precious and I again found myself with tears streaming down my face at the touching bday gift your husband gave your son and the picture of him hugging his dad is PRICELESS. YOu don't often see boys his age hugging their dads anymore like that and it really shows what special family you are and how great you two are as parents. :) ok I am going to go get a tissue now. lol Enjoy your time with your beloved.

Finca de la Tierra Prometida said...



Dina said...

Oh my!! I too was crying whilst reading today's post. From the bottom of my heart I say I am happy for you and your family that you are together again.

Christie Belle said...

Oh my goodness...again. I love these pictures too. Instant tears. You can just tell the closeness of your family. I am so happy for y'all. The flag couldn't have been more touching, and I know it was such a special thing for Will to get that from his dad. Oh, now I need a tissue!

Karen said...

Ok, Christina, Christie just came upstairs and asked if I'd read your post today. I can't begin to tell you how happy we all are for your family. The pictures say it all!
Blessings and hugs to y'all!

madeleine said...

As I looked at your pictures, I realized, even through the internet, there is a spirit of deep contentment in your family.

What a blessing!

I pray these next 2 weeks are filled with everything you have hoped for!

God bless you. (And I can't help but share your joy!)


Mrs. C said...

All those simple moments add up to one terrific day! Will's gift sure is one he'll always treasure.

Mrs. C

Alesha said...

such sweet pics. :-) ryc: thank you for the encouragement and the Scripture. I appreciate it very much.:-)

Autumn said...

YOu all must be so excited! YOur last post brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine my daddy being gone for that long. Please tell your husband that I said thank you for what he does for our country. I really appreciate it.
I hope that you all have a blessed time together!

Anonymous said...

What a joy it is to see your family togather,these memories will
help get ya through untill he comes home for good' God Bless all
of ya's and for all our troops, Thank-YOU

bubbebobbie said...

Oh the tears are flowing with great joy for you and your family. Praise the Lord for His safe return! What a very special gift for your son. God is awesome.

I wanted to tag you to get to know you better. It is okay if you hold on to it for a while. I understand :) Just enjoy your beloved and we can catch up later.

This was a glorious post. Tell your Marine (and his brother) They bring us great honor as a nation of free people! Thanks!

because of Jesus, Bobbie

Kelli said...

Welcome home to your husband! I am thanking God for his safe return! The pictures are wonderful, everyone looks so incredibly happy!!


JacciM said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Enjoy your time with your hubby!!!

Brenda said...

(((hugs))) to you, Christina! And how happy I am for you that you have your beloved home visiting!!! Woo hoo!!! :)

Happymama said...

Those were great pictures. I'm so glad he's home and that the family is enjoying his presence. He looks like he's enjoying it quite a bit himself. :)

Tell Will I love his gift. That is so awesome!


Susan said...

What an awesome day! I just knew who your special guest was and was very excited for you guys. There's nothing like that feeling of waiting for your "beloved" and finally seeing him. That longing is something else. I am hope you guys have a wonderful reunion as you create these special memories.



Christina said...

Welcome Home! Thank your husband for his brave service and thank you for being his constant!

HsKubes said...

Jill ~ We did have a wonderful day. ;o) And, yes, it was a great gift for Will. He was thrilled.

Cheerio Queen ~ So sorry for the 'weepy-eyed posts'. Hope it doesn't keep you away. ;o)
Thank you, also, for your kind words.

Ginny ~ *Ü* Hope you enjoyed peeking into our day.

Dina ~ We, too, are thrilled that he is able to visit home. ;o) We are enjoying every minute.

Christie ~ I sure didn't mean to cause all these tears. But they sure are precious moments to us, too. I sure love being able to capture these moments so we'll have them to look over, again. ;o)
The gift really was such a special thing for Will. It really touched his heart.

Karen ~ Thank you. ;o) We are SO happy, too!

Madeleine ~ Thank you for your kind words. I am thankful our home is perceived that way as it is our desire to truly glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
We will surely enjoy the next couple of weeks. What a blessing they are!

Mrs. C ~ Yes, they will be wonderful memories and they are precious times now. ;o) It was a wonderful gift to Will. I was so proud of my beloved! I know Will is going to always treasure it.

Alesha ~ Thank you. ;o)
You're welcome for the Scripture verses. No one can encourage our hearts like the Lord can. Praying for you.

Autumn ~ Yes, we are VERY excited. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. They mean a lot. ;o)

Hi Mama! I know you know it is a wonderful joy to have him home for a while. ;o) I love you, Mama.

Bobbie ~ Yes, God truly is Awesome and Wonderful! Thank you for your encouraging words. ;o)

Kelli ~ Thank you! We are thankful and rejoicing in his safe journey home, too, though it will be short. ;o)

JacciM ~ Thank you for your kind words and for visiting. ;o) We will be sure to enjoy our time with Daddy. ;o)

Brenda ~ Thank you! We are VERY happy, too.

Kristi ~ Thank you. ;o) We are SO glad he is home for now, too. We are all enjoying our time together.

Susan ~ Yes, a wonderful day! A wonderful event! ;o) We are sure making the most of our time and cherishing every moment. ;o)

Christina ~ Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. Thank you, also, for visiting. ;o)

Hope y'all are enjoying your week ~


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