Monday, June 9, 2008

There's No Place Like Home

I got back a day early. (Thank You, God!) As soon as I saw Shannon's face at the airport, I started sobbing. I was just so thankful to be back home. This sign is the first thing that I saw as I walked in the door of my house.

My cup runneth over.

I am very tired and also sick (I will tell you more about that later), but I just wanted to say that Melissa and I saw many incredible things. There were some rough days for Melissa and me on this journey, but I am going to focus on the good things to share with you....and the humorous side of the rough things.:)

It will take me a long time to share all of the pictures and the stories with you, but for today I will share with you a couple of my favorite moments.

First of all, Melissa and I got to take that gondola ride that I was wishing to do.....It was magical. Sigh

The sun was setting as we started out and the weather was perfect! We rode in the gondola with a darling older couple that we met; they were from New Zealand. The gondoliers sang so beautifully as we rode in the gondola through Venice. It was like something out of a movie. Melissa and I loved the whole experience. Sigh

And secondly, I got to write my name in the sand on a beach in Sicily.

It was very special to me to see God make both of these wishes of mine come true. He is good to me.:)

Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers. It will take me a few days to get well and to get back to normal, but once I do I will share more of our journey with you all. So many funny things happened to Melissa and me, that we both think this whole trip would make a great comedy movie......I guess time will tell.:)

I will end this blog post with a famous quote made by Dorothy........

"Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home. Home! And this is my room, and you're all here. And I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and - oh, Auntie Em - there's no place like home!"


Michele said...

WELCOME HOME AMY!!!! I have missed you so much! I'm sorry you are sick. Prayers for a quick recovery and I can't wait to hear more of your trip. I am so happy you got to do two things you most wanted! YAY!
Welcome Back!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Rest, weary one, and then return. We can wait a few more days. Let your family and your health be your focus. So glad you're back on home turf!


Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad you are back. I was surprised to see you were the first to comment on my new blog post today! I've written a lot of good ums since you've been gone and hope in time you can go back over them. Our dear friend Mia even posted on her blog just about me and my blog. I was honored and overwhelmed.

Can't wait to hear all your wonderful stories!
Hope you feel better soon!

Mia said...


Mia said...

Okay I have calmed down now....wait there's just a little more left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mia said...

Now, I'm ready to welcome you home. We all here in Blogsville have missed you terribly. I prayed for you everyday to have a good time but also to return safe and sound.
The Lord is you are...NOW rest,catch up with your honey-bunch and your boys (who have starved since you were gone I heard)Give the doggie a big kiss and hug, enjoy some good old American food then and only then START BLOGGING!!!!!love,M.

Kysha said...

Amy, I missed you, girl! I'm so glad to see you are back and that you had a great time. Can't wait to hear more and pray you are feeling better soon.

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Beandip71 said...

I'm so glad you are back!! I have missed reading your blog every morning. :) I hope you feel better soon. I look forward to seeing your photos and reading about your trip. Welcome home!!


The Boyds Family said...

WELCOME BACK AMY!!! I'm so glad you're back (we missed you here in blogville). I'm so glad that you accomplished both of your dreams and that you made it home safely. I know you are so happy to be back. I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Take care and get well soon.


Chris and Wanda said...

I am so glad you are back. . .God works in mysterious ways, but always because He loves us. Can't wait to here from you tomorrow. Rest well and bask in the love of your family. . .at least there is no homeschool right now! love, Wanda

Chris and Wanda said...

Forgot to say, you look ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL in your picture on the gondola!

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Welcome home Amy!! you were missed!! I look forward to hearing more about your trip. Enjoy your family first!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Jamie said...

Welcome home! I'm glad you are back. You've been missed. Looking forward to reading more details. said...

My baby girl is HOME!!!!!!!!! THANK GOD!!!!!!! We have missed her so much it is just awful!!!!


Aleisha said...

Was Italy all you thought it would be? Worth living here for three years? LOL Ok, so its not that bad, were loving it now. But I would say its better to visit. Hope your trip was all you wanted it to be and more. =o)

tiggerdaisy said...

So glad you are back! Can't wait to hear more about your trip!

May God's healing hand be upon you.


hulagirlatheart said...

Welcome home! Can't wait to hear all the details!! said...

love your blog!

My Goodness said...

Welcome home, friend! Looking forward to hearing all about the trip. Sorry you're not well...get some rest!!

So glad you're back!

Tricia said...

yeah....your home!! looking forward to all the stories...good and bad!

Aleisha said...

Yes, actually I do drive here. My first time, I thought I was going to die over 10 times and almost pee'd my pants on the way home. It's not so bad once you get use to it. It someone is flashing their brights, you just get out of the way. You just have to stay alret and away 24-7 and can't get distracted by ANYTHING!! It is very scary. We saw a wreck the other day and was not pretty at all. Just glad I don't have to drive everyday. Just to get food from the base. =o) It is beautiful here. Always something to see. We do enjoy it.

TnFullQuiver said...

Welcome home!!! I missed reading what you had to say in your corner of the blog world!! Get some rest and fill us in on all of your adventures.
grace and peace,

Denise said...

Welcome home, Amy! I know you had the time of your life, but I also know you are so happy to be back with your family. Glad you're back to blogging - I missed you.

LynnSC said...

Welcome Home Amy!!

The pictures are awesome. God is so good.

Lelia Chealey said...

Hey Girlie,
I know I'm late, but so glad you're back in the States again!
Can't wait to read all about the good, the bad and the ugly. :)
Love ya!