We're back!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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Not just "virtual friends" (as Dave would say) but we are real friends now!

I have 527 photos to upload and look through, four suitcases to unpack, several loads of laundry to do, 3 hours of the Bachelorette to watch and groceries to buy!  But I wanted to post a quick update----- 
 WE HAD THE BEST TIME "Up North" in Minnesota!

Our trip was truly amazing. We have made a life long friendship with Diana and her family.  Every single second of our trip was perfect.  They are the most gracious hosts I have ever known.  I really cannot overstate this.  Di and I connected on so many levels, our husband connected and our kids got along really beautifully (with just a few classic 2 year old moments to "keep it real.").

I really want to thank you all for the incredible support for my flying.  I could feel your prayers.  A few people called or e-mailed me the night before I left to say that they were thinking of me and I was immensely touched.  I did great on the planes and I must say that I feel really proud of myself.  This fear has kept me from so many things and has had such a hold on my life for almost 10 years.  I doubt that I will ever love flying or that I will be jumping at the opportunity to get on a plane but I know I CAN do it. That feels good.  I will be posting PLENTY of photos of the trip. But for now...I need to go to bed:)


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38 comments:

  1. So glad that you all had a great time and traveled safe.

    ~Michele

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  2. Yeah! You did it. What an accomplishment and how wonderful of Diana and her family to host you all. I am so glad you had a great trip and had the courage to take that "leap of faith" to fly and to finally met in person. God was truly with you all gracing you with his love. Whenever I fly I imagine God's hands holding the plane in the sky.

    Get some good rest, unpack and show us the photos! I can hardly wait to see all the fun. (I did see some photos on Diana's blog and the kids look adorable together.)

    I was praying for you!
    Lisa Watson

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  3. I am so glad you had a safe trip. I feel the same exact way -- I will never LOVE flying but I will certainly do it again and probably sooner, than later! I need a vacation more than once every seven years!

    Can't wait to see all of the pictures!

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  4. Oh, I'm so glad you had a fabulous time! And that the plane trips went well!

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  5. Kim,

    I so happy that you had such a wonderful time with Diana and her family and that you won't be held back by a fear of flying any longer. The few photos so far on both of your blogs have been beautiful. Can't wait to see what other photos have of your weekend together.

    Love those suits and now Ruby has one, too. In fact, I just posted a few pics of the same ones on my blog. Cutest suits we've ever had!!!

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  6. Good for you! Fun times were had by all including the daddies- great! Thanks for the sneak peak photos. Wishing for you some miraculously fast way through all the unpacking after your good night's rest.
    Trena

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  7. I am so glad your trip was fun! You were in my prayers. Thanks for posting today. Cindy

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  8. I am so glad to hear that you made it through your flights!!! You and Di look like you could be sisters. How sweet! Look forward to seeing more pics.

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  9. I have been thinking about you and I knew that you could do it :D I am so glad that you had a wonderful time (Knew that you would :D) and the picture of the two of you is wonderful! Can't wait to hear more and see more pics!
    Ladybug bugs,
    ;D

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  10. So glad you had such a wonderful time...can't wait for more pics!

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  11. Wow! You two look like sisters!!! I'm so glad to hear your flights went well and that a good time was had by all. I just love the girls in their matching tutu bathing suits. So cute!

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  12. I am thrilled for you sweet friend....I will be looking forward to more pictures and reading about your fabulous trip! ;)
    Hugs,
    Steffie

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  13. Great photo -- sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.

    Janet

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  14. So glad you had a wonderful time. I can't wait to see more pictures. What a great photo of you and Kim!

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  15. I knew you'd have a great time and absolutely love Jeff and Di. I hope you felt covered in prayer during your flights and now have the confidence in knowing you can do it again.

    It didn't work out for us to be up there this summer but we are hoping for next year.

    Welcome home!
    Lisa

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  16. Glad you had fun. Di & family are wonderful. So glad that your flight went well too. These are beautiful pics.

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  17. Welcome back! So glad you had a wonderful time and that the flights went well for you. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  18. Awwww.... that last pic is so sweet!

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  19. You SHOULD feel proud. Conquering a fear is a big deal. Just think of the opportunities it will open up for you. And what a great lesson you taught your children.

    Love the girls in their swimsuits!

    ~Lynn

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  20. Welome home! Sooo glad you had such a great time. We are still at the beach but I wanted to check in on you. LOve the photos!!!!
    Sharon

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  21. So glad you had a great time. Go you! I know the flights weren't easy , but you did it!!

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  22. So glad that you had a wonderful time and that your family is back home...safe and sound!

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  23. I think it is so empowering when we face our fears ... and it sounds like the rewards were sweet. If you had only posted the first picture without a word I would have known you had an amazing time ... there is so much joy in both of your eyes. It's simply beautiful!!

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  24. Kim,
    I'm glad you had such a great time and SO happy to hear that the plane ride went smoothly. I love the pics of Kate and Ruby (including the ones on Diana's site) and can't wait to hear more.

    I can't wait to see you guys and catch up.

    Rachel

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  25. So glad you had a wonderful trip. Glad you are home safely! Can't wait to see the pictures. The ones on Diana's site were gorgeous!
    Kim

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  26. Glad you're back and that you all had a wonderful trip. How fun to meet new friends and see new places!

    I won't say anything if you haven't watched the Bachelorette yet, but after you watch it, we've got to talk.

    Glad the flights went well. You're going to be a world traveler soon! =)

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  27. I have visited your blog a few times. Your daughter is beautiful. Glad you had a great trip and had the courage to fly.

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  28. I am so happy for you!!! I just love the picture you ended with!!

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  29. We are in MN right now ourselves. I grew up here and have told Diana we need to get together sometime. Looks like you guys had fun!
    Maybe we could do a Denise, Diana, Sharon and Kim weekend sometime.....

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  30. awesome news. Glad you are home safe and sound.

    And, really and truly, that pictures should win first prize in a contest. so sweet.

    Lea
    xo

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  31. What a fabulous trip. I bet you're so glad you got on that plane. Love the little pink matching outfits.
    Felicia

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  32. You girls are so beautiful; you could be sisters!!

    That picture of the girls in the pink tutus is yummy enough to eat!! I LOVE it; I can't wait to see more of the peanuts & the ruby & pearl!!

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  33. Looks like you had a wonderful time. How fun getting to meet in "real"life! Such a beautiful friendship formed through adoption. The girls looks so adorable together, so do the big girls! Glad you made it home safely!

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  34. I forgot to tell you that I am addicted to the Bachelorette and was surprised at the outcome!

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  35. Kim,

    I'm so glad that the trip was wonderful, and that the flight went well . . . good for you! For those of us who've followed both your families for such a long time, it is really special to see the two of you together. Can't wait to see the next post!

    Jennifer, mommy to Adrienne

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  36. I'm glad the flight went well! I am loving all the pics you posted!

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