Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ethiopia Day 10 - Welcome HOME!

Our trip home can be summed up in one word - LOOOOOOONG. The flight from Ethiopia to Amsterdam went great, but after boarding the plane in Amsterdam the pilot announced that due to some weather conditions we would be arriving in to Detroit late. This was bad news because we knew we had to make it through customs, and didn't have an extremely long layover in which to catch our final flight to Phoenix.

Once we made it to Detroit, we actually thought we were okay to make our next flight, but that must have been the jet lag getting to our heads :) We missed the flight by about 10 minutes! Ugh. Fortunately, there was another flight out leaving in 3 hours. Unfortunately, it was overbooked. So, we ended up being placed on the very last flight to Phoenix that night which was scheduled to depart at 7:35pm.

After seeing everything we could see in the Detroit airport, Micah (being the wonderful husband that he is) conceded to my wishes to get us a room at the airport hotel for the next 7 hours we were stuck there. I have to say, this was the best decision ever. We all enjoyed naps, showers, and room service for lunch! We tried to make the most of it, even though all we really wanted was to just get home.

The flight departed about 10 minutes late (due to weather again), and we finally arrived home to Sky Harbor airport just shy of 10:00pm. I knew Eli (along with my parents) would be there waiting for us, but I had no idea that so many wonderful friends would make the late journey to the airport just to greet us. We felt so loved and it was wonderful to see familiar faces.

A few photos from the welcome home reception at the airport... (thanks to Jeanetta, who didn't actually appear in a single shot but we SO appreciate her being there and snapping pics!)

Eli waiting excitedly with Grandma & Grandpa (my parents)!
Eli greeting Ryan and Terri, friends from Harvest (or as he calls them "Kaylee's mom & dad")Bonnie (my lovely sister), Melissa (thanks for updating my blog during the trip!), and Lee (our Pastor... and Melissa's husband, he he)
Brenda (Micah's sister), Grandpa, Bonnie, and Papa (Micah's dad), and of course Eli (our little Linus) with his beloved blankie
Terri, Melissa, Lee, Papa, Nicole (thank you for the cute stuffed animals - kids loved them!!), and Ryan
Do they see us yet??
Here we come!!
The Hutchison Clan, happy to have Kathy back home safe and sound!
My First Goal: Grab my little buddy Eli and give him a big hug!
Hi Mikayla!
I think she's a little tired, don't you? Who can blame her!
So glad to see my boy again.
All Together.
And Home.


  1. You did a great job getting all this done! Have you ever seen those sites that will turn your blog into a book for you? That might be really cool for Mikayla as she gets older. Are you going to keep blogging now that your back? How is Eli's transition going?

  2. These airport family reunion photos always make me cry! So sweet. I'm sorry to hear about the delays on your return trip - what a bummer when you were getting so close to being home!

  3. Beautiful story - wow, 10 whole days of excitment - and home safe in the arms of your loved ones!

  4. I had tears in my eyes reading this post. It looks like a wonderful homecoming. So happy your family is all together now. :-D

  5. So sweet. So neat to see you all together as a family of four!

  6. Love seeing the pictures of you all together! Congrats and hope the adjustment period goes great!