We are home!!
I'm sorry for not blogging sooner, but we don't have internet at our house yet, and we've been living over there for the past three nights!! We should be online in the next day or so. I woke up this morning and couldn't take it anymore, so came over to the "big house" to get online. Whew. I feel much better now. :-)
We are so happy to be home! It feels wonderful. I'm sorry that I still don't have photos... there are a few more pictures and curtains to hang... I'm just lucky to have gotten the piles of stuff off the floors. I don't want to give you pictures until you can see the full effect.
The night before last, I cooked our first meal in our new home. The three of us sat around the table for the first time and joined hands to pray. Before John could utter even one word, Ethan piped up and said "Can we pray without speaking since Ellie is not here with us, and we miss her?" (This from a boy who has never heard of the customary "moment of silence" to honor someone.) So we bowed our heads and each prayed silently. I finished first and looked across the table at John's thoughtful face, and then over at Ethan, and my heart just filled with love. Ethan sat quietly with his eyes closed and face upturned and tilted just ever so slightly, with the same look that he had in the pictures of his imaginary hug with Ellie. We spent an amazing time at the table talking about our day. John and Ethan dreamed about going camping when the weather warms up a bit, and Ethan nearly came out of his chair in excitement, telling his daddy that he has a loose tooth. And about halfway through the meal (one which was, miraculously, loved by all) Ethan proclaimed "This is the best meal ever!!" Later, Ethan had the saddest look on his face, and when questioned, admitted that he just missed his sister. After dinner there was milk and cookies, and then books read together on the sofa. It was the perfect evening. I wish I could say that all of our evenings will be so idyllic, but those of you who know about my sporadic cooking tendencies know that will not be the case! Still, it was a great way to begin living in our new home.
It may be a few days before I can get back on the computer, but hopefully there will pictures very soon! (I said, hopefully...)