Thursday, January 29, 2009

Welcome Home ..... For Good This Time!

Since moving back to Utah six weeks ago, Randy has continued to work in California. At first we thought we'd both be here as of January 1st, but then it looked like he would not be joining me until February or March. After living apart for the past six weeks, I got the call that he was coming home this week! It felt like Christmas knowing he was coming home to stay. It's been an annual tradition to place luminaries in front of our home (and along the street) on Christmas Eve. I knew he was leaving for Utah at noon and that he'd be driving for 12 hours, so I went right to work on my "welcome home" project. I put two cups of sand inside each bag along with a votive candle and carefully (and lovingly) placed each bag along the driveway leading up the steps to our front porch. It was 20 degrees outside but I was so excited that I didn't even feel the cold! After the luminaries were finished, I went inside and baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, lit a fire in the fireplace, and turned on a movie. Like clockwork I heard his car drive in just when the clock struck midnight! What a happy reunion! In the past, we knew we only had a few days together before we'd have to say good-bye again. This time is different. The luminaries burned until the wee hours of the morning. And now we begin our life in Utah, together once again .....