My youngest daughter went with me to get Emily, while my oldest and her boyfriend got the house straightened up and had a lasagne dinner waiting when we tired travelers finally arrived home. I put in 18 hours of driving in two days. The next day was Christmas Eve, and we got together for pot roast and presents, and Christmas morning we gathered at my mother's house for a brunch. After meeting most of my family, Emily did *not* ask to be taken back to Missouri. I consider this a good sign. :-)
Pictures to follow, as soon as I can get them downloaded!