Where have I been?

You guys crack me up.

{Yes, I say guys. I am from Jersey}

I don’t post for one day and I start to worry you. Don’t worry though I was just very busy trying to pack up and get back home to my very lonely Rockstar. He literally begged for our return. And as much as I didn’t want to leave Paradise, I missed my man a lot.

I stayed up super late Friday and packed everything. We got on the road by 8am Saturday. We drove ten hoursstraight through. We only stopped for the bathroom twice. We ate in the car. The kids did amazingly well.

Someone mentioned I am brave for driving all that way alone.

I am not brave.

Just crazy.

But really the kids are great travelers. I couldn’t do it if they weren’t. I only had the threaten to stop the van and leave them on the side of the road twice.

I am kidding.

I think there were only two fights though for the whole ten hours.

We made it home and the Rockstar was greeted with a lot of excitement. They just about smothered him as they all screamed and yelled DADDY and jumped on top of him.

J-man must of told me a hundred times on the way home that his Daddy missed him.

Yes J-man, your Daddy missed you a lot. 

I came home to four packages. I love getting packages!

A sweet blog reader sent me her homemade body butter. I think I have enough for the rest of Kai and J-man’s life. And it smells divine! Thank you sweet friend for blessing us!!

I also got a devotional book on losing a child from my dear friend. It brought tears to my eyes and I am looking forward to reading it.

My soul sister sent me a bilum and lotion all the way from Papa New Guinea where her and her family are serving as missionaries. I was thrilled to hear from her and to get something special from where she is serving. Her letter brought tears to my eyes. Oh how I miss her!!

And the last package was from Ginny. my sweet, dear Ginny who sent me a care package. Enclosed was some delicious coffee, a beautiful little hand made pouch, a heart garland, and a book. But, it was her letter enclosed that meant the most. Again, I was in tears.

I was struggling so much heading back home. Thinking about all of the people I was leaving behind and how much I miss them when I am far away. So coming home to these precious packages could not have been better timing. It was as if God was reminding me that I am loved wherever I am.

Tears again. 

Last night I started the book Ginny sent. I have so much to say about it. I am only just 20 pages in and I am blown away. If you haven’t read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, you need to . I can’t tell you how much this book resonates with where I am at in life right now. I promise to tell you more about it when I am done reading. Did I mention the first 20 pages left me in tears?

And as much as I was sad to leave Paradise, it was a sweet, sweet reunion with my man. The love fest is on. Ehem. And with our 15th anniversary coming up this week, I am so grateful for this man. Being in his arms is the only place I want to be. Paradise is right here with him.