Then we were off to the Cracker Barrel restaurant, not too far from the airport, to be together and eat and share our joy!
Scott drove us home with our luggage. The rest of the family planned to meet us later at seven for our release with our stake president. We were amazed, on the rainy way home, at all the new buildings and changes.
As we walked into the kitchen, we looked beyond to our dining room and it was different! There was a set of doors where a window had been. Rachel’s surprise sign gave us a clue!
We opened the door and there, huddled under the umbrella in the pouring rain, was our dear family, yelling out, “Surprise!”
Basking in all that love prepared us for the sweet interview with our stake president, President Ouderkirk. Many of our family, all dressed up, met us at the stake center. Four of them had been released in that same office from their missions. We were invited to share our testimonies and we heard great counsel and there was an amazing feeling of the spirit and gratitude for the sweet privilege of serving. Jackson was there too and we could imagine him being our next missionary! ‘Can’t help but add a few photos from the next few glorious days together!
What an awesome mission, 18 amazing months, with all the wonderful people of England that we love! How right to be home again with our family, who have welcomed us with so much love! Pretty overwhelming blessings! Cheerio!