This is what came to my door today.
And each of the kids got a balloon bouquet tied to a bag of Hershey's Kisses. Thank you Lord for the man you blessed me with!
The funny thing is that they were all supposed to be delivered Friday after he left on Thursday. The cards all said. See you soon. Love, Daddy (or Lance for me!) But because of the weather, today is the first day they could get them to me. It was good though. It amped up the excitement about Lance coming home tomorrow! Woo Hoo!!
Lance called me this morning at 7:40 to tell me they were heading back to Dominican Republic. He forgot about the time change. It was 9:40 DR time and he said it felt like noon because he'd been up so long.
He hasn't said much about his feelings or emotions this past week. I'm sure that will come when he gets home. As a doctor, he has learned to disassociate from the sadness that comes with the job. It is a defense mechanism that he has to have or he couldn't do his job. But he comes home and then he allows himself to feel the emotion. He is such a tenderhearted and caring doctor. He's going to be processing the past few days for weeks to come.
They made it safely through all the checkpoints along the road. The government was much more strict as of yesterday because there were several church members arrested yesterday at the border trying to take dozens of children out of the country. I can't even get started on that. I'm so angry. I totally understand their intentions. Anyone with a heart would want to take as many children as they can to a better life, but some of the children still had parents. And they didn't have any paperwork for the children. They were basically trafficking children. Albeit with noble intentions. All it did was make adopting Haitian children that much harder.
All that to say, Lance and the team made it to Santo Domingo in about 7-8 hours. Not bad.
Tonight my friend Leslie called and asked me if the kids and I wanted to go to dinner. Her husband is our friend John who is with Lance. We took all of our kids to IHOP. The kids loved pancakes for dinner! And then some sweet, sweet friends of our treated us to some really good ice cream!! Jimmy and Dawn own several Cold Stone Creamery's. They live in Branson, but own the one in Rogers. Dawn had offered us some ice cream this week to give us a distraction, but with the weather the way it has been, tonight was the first time we could take her up on it. Dawn, I know you're reading this. I love you!!
So this is my last night alone without my best friend. I cannot wait to feel his arms again!