Sunday, March 15, 2009

Andy's home!

What an afternoon! We had Laura and Aaron with us in our van and headed to the airport to pick up Andy. We were all so excited and couldn't wait to see him again.
As we were driving down the highway, we heard a "funny" noise. The women are asking what that was, the men are saying it's nothing. Until - a funny blowing type sound begins to come from the front of the van. It's still driving ok, but as we pull into the airport we realize something is smelling hot. We had Aaron, our trusty mechanic with us so he checks it and says it's nothing big, some belt problem that he can fix, but we won't be able to drive it home. So - we go into the airport where there are lots of family members gathered and they figure out a way for us to get home. Karla graciously lends us here vehicle and she and Diane (they are Bob's sisters) will ride home with my sister Cheri and Mark. At this point we all gather to wait for Andy.
Here is part of the group, watching for his arrival.

At last, we see him walking toward us! What a great sight!
Here is Laura greeting him.
Heather welcoming him back.

My niece Halle is so happy to see him again!

Andy with my Dad

Andy and Bob

Here is the whole family - reunited again.
left to right: Me, Heather, Bob, Andy, Laura, Aaron

As I type this Aaron and Bob have gathered some tools and have gone back to the airport. We're hoping for an easy fix, but at least have to get it moved out of the short term parking! Andy is very tired. He spent about 14 hours in the air and is trying to make a a 13 hour time difference. We'll let him sleep late tomorrow!

*I just got a call from Bob telling me they are on their way back. It was an easy fix. One more thing to be thankful for!

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Sandra said...

Oh Mari, I'm SO thrilled for you glad Andy is back home safe :)

And I'm glad that the van was an easy fix and didn't ruin the day for you, though I imagine nothing could take away from his homecoming.


Cherdecor said...

WHAT A HAPPY DAY! I love the family picture. I copied it and put it in my files. You have such a nice looking family and you all look so happy to see Andy and he looks happy to be home.

Short Stop said...


I'm so hapy for you every one of you. Enjoy your time together!!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

So glad he's home safe, Mari, and so glad the van made it to the airport and that it was a quick fix. God is good!

justabeachkat said...

What a day to have car trouble, but at least you made it to the airport on time and the fix was an easy one.

I'm so happy for you! Andy looks wonderful. That's a wonderful photo of your family all together again.


Chad and Tammy said...

I'm SO happy for you! Enjoy your time together!!

Susan said...

So happy the fix was an easy one and all taken care of. Not just enjoy your son's homecoming!!!

Mary said...


I'm sorry that your van had a problem, but thankful that it was an easy fix.

I can imagine how excited you are having Andy home and yes, he will need to sleep in. That kind of time change can wreck havoc on the body.

Tell him I'm glad he's home and hope his visit is awesome.


Anonymous said...

Yeah!!! Welcome home Andy! Enjoy your time with him.

Growin' with it! said...

what a sweet homecoming. so glad you have your sweet boy home!

Groomer Angie said...

I'm happy for you! I'm so glad he's home safe and sound! Sorry you had car troubles, good thing you had someone to fix it though. Now.....what did he want for dinner tomorrow??? :)


Melissa said...

What a great day! Welcome home Andy!

Nancy said...

So glad you are all together finally!! and even the car is better... Yeah!!

Raise Them Up said...

Thank you so much for letting us share in your joyful reunion! Loved the family picture. God is good in so many ways!

All My Blessings said...

Yeee-Haaaa!!! The family is back together....I'm sure Andy knows just how loved he is, you can tell by the big smile on his face....I hope the van only cost $6.00 to fix and Andy gets good sleep....Life is good over at the Bruins house tonight....;) Kae

Joanne@ Blessed... said...


...and your precious family is all home under one roof again.

Praise the Lord

Enjoy every moment together Mari. I am feeling your mom-joy all the way over here in California...and I thought it was just another earthquake, silly me ;O)

Aspiemom said...

I didn't realize you and Cheri were sisters! I was reading her blog earlier and saw her pictures of Andy. I was thinking "Oh, another person has a family member coming home today and his name is Andy, too"

Then I saw your first picture and I'm thinking "That's the same guy- that the same picture." So I finally figured it out!

Anyway, I'm thrilled for you that Andy is home. Hmmm, who's happier right now, you or Andy?

Have a wonderful time together and I'm glad you have a mechanic in your family!

skywind said...

Oh, This is Andy's home? Wow! Very spectacular. :)
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mel said...

Congratulations!! Enjoy all the family time! I fly in a week, woohoo!

Lara Gisela said...

Mari, I'm so happy for you and your family! Enjoy your time together!

A Stone Gatherer said...

I got a little misty when looking at those pictures! So glad he's back! I heard Halle say yesterday "I can't wait for this afternoon". I didn't remember at the time what that was for, but now I know! So glad the van is fix too!

Jennifer said...

How wonderful to have him back home and sleeping under your roof!
Don't you just love how vehicles pick the best times to act up? I am glad to ear it was an easy fix.

Diane said...

I'm so happy for your family!!!!! Have fun with Andy over the next few weeks and just enjoy each day you have together! That's a bummer about the car but at least it's not something major!

Melissa in Mel's World said...

YAY!!!! Mari, I know you and Bob must be thrilled to have your baby home...I am celebrating with you all!


Lois Lane II said...

Oh, how wonderful!!! You can totally see the joy in his face when everyone's hugging him. =)

LeslieW. said...

That is soooo great! I hope y'all have the best time together!

He Knows My Name said...

Welcome Home Andy! Thank you for serving our country. It is a very selfless profession and you are very much appreciated and loved! May God keep you in his care.

Have a great time with the family while you are home.

jenniferw said...

YAY! Andy is home! What a day to have car trouble! But all's well, and I'm so happy for your family. I know you're enjoying Andy to the max, and feeding him scrumptious meals!

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

Hooray! What a wonderful celebration. Thanks for sharing Andy's homecoming with us.

And Andy, Thank you for serving our country! I know your family is proud of you and excited to have you home safe. But the rest of us can celebrate, too. Because of your service we remain "The home of the free, because of the brave!"

God Bless You!

Cheri said...

I'm so glad it was an easy fix and even more happy to have Andy back home for awhile!

septembermom said...

Sorry about the car trouble! I'm so happy for you that Andy is back with his loving family :) Really nice pictures of the reunion. Enjoy your time together :)

Anonymous said...

Praising God for all good things for you even the easy fix of the van!!!

Musicaljean said...

How wonderful to all be together and to have a picture of the entire family. You are blessed!

Kim said...

He's home! Yay!

Glad your car made it TO the airport :-) And now home again.

Enjoy your boy!

Rebekah said...

I got all teary-eyed imagining you all teary-eyed seeing him walk into sight. I hope you are all enjoying your time together

Nate and Brenda said...

We are SO thrilled that he is home with you now!!!

Glad to hear too that the van is fixed.

Brooke said...

sounds like you've had a very blessed weekend! :)

Pat said...

How did I miss this post? These are great pictures, and quite a story too!
What a wonderful family you have and what a joyfilled reunion!