When my Mom and Sisters were here at the end of August, my mother-in-lawn (MIL) called me with some amazing news. She called to tell me that her and my father-in-law (FIL) would be coming to see Brian get ordained as a Deacon September 30th. I was so excited but she told me I couldn't tell Brian. At that time my FIL didn't know yet either.
The church he is the pastor of collected money for pastor appreciation month (October) to send he and my MIL here for several days. I have been keeping this secret for what seems like an eternity. Brian did not get to go home with me in May due to cost of another plane ticket and he wanted to save all of his time off to help me after Sadie was born. He has really been missing home and his family. It helped tremendously to have my Mom and Sisters come.
I finally called my MIL on Monday to see when the church was going to present them with the tickets. She said they had done it on Sunday night and they were both so excited. I wanted them to tell Brian so we arranged for them to call Tuesday night on the video phone at 7:00 EST so I could ensure that Brian would be home from work. I was trying to stall dinner knowing they would be calling and I didn't want to be in the middle of eating. Brian didn't suspect a thing. When they called they told us and Brian cried. I was ecstatic not to have to keep the secret anymore.
Well, that is not all of the surprise. My in-laws said that there was a surprise for me too. Then MY PARENTS showed up on the video phone screen. They told me they were coming too. WHOO HOOOOO!!!! I cried like a baby (it was the ugly cry so I covered my face). I am so excited that we don't have to wait until Christmas to see everyone. Getting to see my Mom twice in one months time is too much for me to take in right now (all together I will see my Mom a total of four times this year....something I thought was impossible while we lived here). My Dad is actually flying on a plane, which is a miracle in itself.
My heart is filled with great JOY for my parents and especially my in-laws to get to see such a special occasion in our lives (especially for Brian). Brian had been so bummed that no one from home would be here to support him. I can say nothing but great things about our church home in Arkansas. The very small church of about 50 member (including children) collected enough money to pay for four plane tickets. That in itself is amazing, but I would expect nothing less than this from our sweet friends back home. They are so selfless when it comes to giving. I could go on and on about how many times they have come through with giving (every year at Christmas time for the shoe boxes, for Katrina victims, when someones house burns down, for the homeless, and 7-11 donations just to name a few) but there is not enough room on this blog to do so. Church family in Arkansas (you know who you are), I am in tears right now thanking God for you. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated. We love you more than you know and still pray for you often. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
The funniest part of this whole thing is that they had my Dad (a deacon/elder) present the tickets to my FIL and he had no idea his name was on one of the tickets. What a great surprise for him too. The Moms knew about it before they were presented the tickets because they both had to ask time off from work ahead of time. The Dads were both soooo surprised and so are we.
Hugs and Kisses to our sweet church family in Arkansas. We LOVE LOVE LOVE you!!