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Thanks so much to everyone who sent us Christmas cards this year! I wasn't able to say anything about it before because of my evil plot: To surprise Emily by having her name on as many of the cards as possible, as a way of welcoming her to Albion. It worked -- she was surprised! :-) Thanks again to everyone who helped make her welcome in her new home. She'll be here until early summer, when I'll take her back down to Missouri for her summer job. Assuming I have a car that will make the trip. (The check engine light came on as we approached her home. It seems to be a bad sensor, but it didn't help my stress levels.)

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!


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 26th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Yay!! I'm glad the sooper sekrit plan worked and am glad you all had a good Christmas together. Enjoy the next few months too. :)
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe she can pull me through winter without the need for heavy medications. :-)
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
Since I was not one of the ones who sent a card (and not only not to you and Emily--to no-one, as I am disorganized) let me sprinkle you both with Tara sparklies!
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yay, Tara sparklies! :-> Don't feel bad -- I didn't send any cards, either. Part of that is because of trying to get ready for Emily, of course, but I'm usually too disorganized to get cards around.
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Aww that's so sweet

I wish you and Emily every happiness
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've known her for a year and a half, so it's not so sudden as it might seem; still, spending time in person together entails a bit more than phone/messaging conversations.
Dec. 26th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet! (:

It sounds like you and Emily are having a wonderful time together. I'm tickled for you both and she sounds like such a very nice person.

Dec. 27th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
She is a nice person! I'm still working on what she sees in me ... but just because she has lapses in judgement doesn't make her bad! :-)
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Dec. 27th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
I appreciate it, and thanks for friending her yourself!
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Dec. 28th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
I think so!
Dec. 26th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
All the very best to both of you, and my oldest and her boyfriend sounds like good news too!
Dec. 27th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
my oldest and her boyfriend
Oh, yes -- there is that too, although I haven't spoken about it much. I'll have to compose something there, too! :-)
Dec. 27th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good Christmas. It sounds like Emily is settling in with your family.
Dec. 27th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
My family tends to automatically adopt anyone who shows up! She'll have no problem there. :-)
Dec. 27th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)

'course I'm not leaving!

Even if my family did have holiday get-togethers, I'm not sure if I'd subject you to them...
Dec. 28th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
I appreciate that!
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