We're thankful to God--our precious Jaynie is home! She's been the homeschool helper for a couple of American families in a central Asian country since August.
Many of our friends joined us at the airport to celebrate Jaynie's return.
The plane had landed and passengers were disembarking. We were watching for the ONE special face!
Our first glimpse of Jaynie!
A very relieved, happy dad--deeply grateful to God for keeping his girlie safe
Jaynie's first sibling hug came from Cassandra
Jaynie's other siblings quickly took their turns.
Next, Jaynie greeted friends who'd come to welcome her back
In the midst of happy celebration, Jaynie never strayed far from her daddy
Before long we headed around the corner in our small airport to gather Jaynie's luggage. She was still greeting friends...
(A special thanks to our dear friends the Nisius family for coming all the way from Minneapolis just to share this special day with our family. Here Jaynie is embracing Amanda, whose been like an aunt to Jaynie and her biological siblings since we adopted the three of them in 2001.)
Cassandra stayed close by as Jaynie made her way through the crowds.
I got the very first hug as Jaynie emerged from security, although our reunion wasn't caught on camera. By the time we entered the baggage area, I was eager for another long embrace. I've already received the very best Christmas gift--having my daughter home.
Our family has so much catching up to do. Jaynie's been able to call nearly every day since she left, but the phone calls are usually only a few minutes long. Skype and email have been tremendous blessings, but now we get to hear the details of her amazing adventure.
What a joy to be TOGETHER! And what a great way to start the weekend in which we'll celebrate the birth of Jesus. God become man. King become servant. Baby become suffering Savior.
We wish you the merriest of Christmases!
Photos courtesy of Amanda N. and Kaylee H.