Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Home Again, Safely... whew!

Well, I made it home. Safely, yes. But not without some anxious, prayful moments. Given the experience I had last Friday, I was assured that the odds of getting home without incident were good, but that didn't mean there wouldn't be turbulence during any of my three flights. We had some pretty good jounces over the Pacific. So much so that I thought I was reciting the Lord's Prayer for the last time!

And the flight between Denver and Des Moines was rough too. We flew into Des Moines at 8:30 p.m. Monday as it looked like this - rainy, foggy, windy, and only 48 degrees F (8C). This is when I really miss Sydney! That city doesn't see much, if any, weather like this.
However, this is something I will miss about Sydney even more. Tay, at seven months, is a charmer. See, he's on the Aussie Animals quilt I made for him?By mid-November, Tay and Celina will have a new little brother or sister too! Yes, Jill and Maher are expecting again. That means another baby quilt! I'm getting to be a pro at this!

Now there are even more reasons to have this Sydney family move to the US. Plans are being made to do so by the end of July because that's the latest Jill can safely fly. First, a job needs to be nailed down, then we'll know where they'll live. The only thing I know for sure is that I'll be making myself available to help wherever and whenever possible.

Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family who was due May 1.

Austin Ericson Hxxxxxxxxx
(See, I wasn't far off when I named him "Eric.")
He arrived by c-section last Thursday, May 6 at 3:19 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds 13 ounces (3.54 kg). They're having somewhat of a rough go of life as Austin had some difficulties with excessive fluid in his lungs, and mom is having nausea and headaches associated with either pain meds, or loss of spinal fluid with an epidural. Though the new little family is at home now, dad (our son) is bearing the burden because mom has to stay flat on her back for 48 hours, and Austin is demanding... and what new baby isn't? Prayers are being sent their way. I am looking forward to meeting this little fella sometime in June, and will be delivering his quilt.

Gosh, life can be pretty full sometimes. But thank God. It's all good!

6 comments:

  1. Welcome back. Glad to hear you are back in DM safe & sound. And congratulations grandma, and congratulations for another on the way. That is so exciting. Will be saying a prayer for Austin & his mom and dad. Do they live close by?

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  2. Glad to hear you are home safe and sound. Congratulations on the arrival of your new grandson and wish you all well.

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  3. Lovely to see a photo of Austin. Praying his turbulence settles soon, and so glad yours has! Love, Di

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  4. Glad to hear you made it home safe 'n' sound! The Lord was certainly watching over you.
    And congrats on your new grandson! What a blessing those precious little ones are!

    Joyfully in Jesus,
    Elizabeth

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  5. Tay and Austin are gorgeous, blessed cherubs indeed, Linda!
    I understand how important it is for you to have the Aussie family closer to you (and congrats on the new addition being formed 'in the secret place'), and pray that a job is found very soon - though that means you'll not be back to our shores and I won't have the opportunity to meet you sometime in the future.
    Favourite morning birds - kookaburras. They have always been my number 1. If we ever left these shores it would be kookaburras and ghost gums that I would ache for.

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  6. Congratulations on the new grandbaby. Hope mom and baby are doing better.
    Welcome home. I know hubby is glad to see you.

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