AND I got to hang out with Luis, one of my best friends from Chile, who recently married Katie, a classmate of mine from Ozark. It was sweet to see them together, since I knew both of them even before they met each other.
I’m more poor than I have been in past years, so I made a lot of my gifts this year. Here Matt and Ashley (my brother and his wife) are displaying the matching hat & scarf sets I made for them. And then my brother seemed to think that the purse I made her was actually a hat. (I must add that I do like my sister-in-law. She's fun.)
As I flew back on the small Express Jet aircraft, we were moving into the west at sundown, which means that the sunset lasted about 4 hours. Pretty impressive, actually, as the sun and sky took on all the normal hues, but didn’t fade immediately. What beauty!
And now I’m glad to be back. I’ve never been really close to my extended family (since I grew up on another continent), but it was a good trip. It is simply hard to go back home. As Jon Foreman put so well, I'm not so sure that home is a place you can still get to by train. Or by airplane.
And as he also wrote, every lament is a love song. But that is a story for a different audience.