Sunday, July 28, 2013

Well, Hello Dolly….er, I mean... Sister Donovan!!!

it's so nice to have you back where you belong!!  Dolly's home!!!!!!!! I can't believe it's been 18 months since she was here, at my house, helping me clean and commiserate about my ballooning belly and horrible teachers and no-fair nursing tests. Now that belly is Adele and Dolly is back with us again. We were so excited to have her home that we went and made these fancy t-shirts.  

Too bad we didn't get a great shot of them since they totally faded away after the first wash. They're supposed to say WE ♥ Sister Donovan ! but not sure how much they showed up. Oh well, not bad for an hour before we left to get her!

Luckily, my mom had things a little more put together and had made the requisite poster board sign that we all have come to know and love at any big event (graduation, homecomings, birthdays). She even brought a bunch of balloons to add to the poster but Steve was so full of hot air he popped them all before they got attached. We brought along some candy bars, one from each family, to embellish it. Speaking of…. I never got a taste of any of them…we were totally planning on stealing some of them back!! 

It was very tough to wait… and wait…. and wait for her, but Adele kept everyone entertained with her bum scooting around the airport. And Steve and I were grateful for the extra time to make our technology play nicely with others so that Leanne and Jeff could join us via FaceTime. 

It was a party all the way around with everyone being handed back and forth, back and forth. 

And then, all the sudden there she was!! Out the doors and into the arms of everyone who's waited so long to have her back!! 

Elias usually isn't one for a ton of emotion but he holds a sweet spot in his heart for Dolly, who watched him while I was in nursing school. 

Adele even took right to her and, in case her mission president gets a view of this picture, no, she's not holding a baby before she got released. Adele is just floating with joy near Dolly. 

We're so glad to have her back safe and sound and with all the Spirit and enthusiasm that a fresh-from-the-mission-field missionary brings home. She has changed an incredible amount and then again, not at all and we're so proud of her service and sacrifice!! 

Now if we could only convince her to stick around Virginia longer before she heads off to see other family and to school in the fall. In the famous words of a Broadway musical, "Dolly don't ever go away again"!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Awww- I'm so glad you took these pictures and posted. I was not fortunate to be part of technology (what the heck is facetime?!) and this made me feel like I was there. Love you Dolly! Now get out here to hold my baby and clean my house! Oh, and Bootie, I can't believe how big your kids are. Ava's a teenager!