My mom and I finished all the baking and cleaning and even had time to add fun little signs to the doors. Kyle and Andrew get one room and the girls in another.
We left for the airport at 17h and saw their plane fly above us!
We had a long while to wait, and it seemed like the looooooooongest hour EVER! I was SO anxious to see them!
While we waited, I took a picture of the pesky mosquito that had been bothering me and whose life tragically came to an end on my finger. Why take a picture of it, you might ask? Well, I happen to know this handsome doctor and he can tell me if it's a malaria-carrying mosquito or not. The verdict J$?
But back to the hour wait at the airport...Our prediction was that all of their bags would come (we were really hoping so!!) and that Lindsay would be the first to come bounding and leaping out of the airport. Both were true!
Oh man was it was a great reunion!! We're not allowed to take pictures at the airport, but imagine lots of smiles, squeals of delight and joy! The squeals of delight were more from the girls than from Ando.
Linds, Shorty and I rode with Moussa, our faithful and hilarious taxi driver. Lindsay was so happy to see him again, as he had taxied her around when she was here a year ago. 3 sisters reunited! Whaaaat!
And man oh man did we ever have the welcome when we arrived at our house! All of the neighbors came out to meet Monsieur et Madame's kids and they were thrilled! I'm really sorry for the quality of these pictures, but I was too excited to focus and change settings on my camera! :)
(Joel, that's Ramatou on the far right!)
They all came out to see the new arrivals!
My siblings met their kids, and Mom introduced her kids.
They loved seeing Mom and her son.
Ramatou, White Grandma (my Mom) and Nigerian Grandma had all decided several days ago that when everyone arrived, they'd all dance! And dance they did!
Just imagine: a Mennonite from rural Kansas dancing hand in hand with an African Grandma on the dusty streets of Niger. It was quite a sight. We told my Mom that her "cool dance moves" are probably going to be seen as "this is how people dance in America" and everyone will start doing the same here in Niger. Oh my. There was so much joy.
Now they are all sleeping and hoping to quickly get over jet-lag. And tomorrow is Christmas! We all open presents on the 24th at night and put on a Christmas play for our parents. Shorty thinks we're too old, but is super excited deep down, Linds has a million and one ideas of what we can do, and Andrew and I are more than happy to participate! And Kirk and Becca -- there are lots of surprises awaiting you!!!
Merry Christmas! And a BIIIIIIIIG congrats to Caleb and Cynthia on the birth of baby Esther Rose!!!