Cleaned the house, while Splenda hung up the awesome banner the Shark made for me. We then got the yellow bows tied on, and our BFF's the B's brought over a beautiful balloon bouquet.
Everything was coming together. We were showered and ready to go, just killing some time, when Splenda checked the airline website once more.
To our surprise, his flight was 25 minutes EARLY!!
I grabbed my poster and ran out the door. Splenda loaded the two brothers and was not too far behind me. Made calls to notify the few others that were also coming and was hoping that everyone would make it on time.
I got the bottom of the escalators where the incoming passengers end up (near the baggage claim) and began the wait. Patiently. Okay, not patiently, but I was holding it together pretty well.
The flight board noted that the plane was now on the ground. We positioned ourselves right at the bottom of the escalators with a perfect view to see him come around the corner and head right toward us.
Watching. Watching. More Watching. Here comes a couple of missionaries....is he there? No. Watching. Watching and still more watching. Splenda overhears another family who is also waiting say that they have missed the flight. I refuse to believe it. Splenda checks with the airlines. They refuse to give out any information.
I stand there still with my sign held up, just watching and the slow realization is coming over me that he isn't coming.
A gentleman approaches us and asks if we are waiting for a missionary from Chile. Yes, we are. So is he. He passes on the information that all 4 of them traveling together missed the flight. I looked at him and said, "No." He looked back at me and said, "Yes." Again, I looked at him, this time for emphasis, shook my head and said a little stronger, "NO". He didn't even blink when he repeated, "Yes."
My heart literally sunk. What the? He explained, AGAIN, that they all four missed the flight. One of the missionaries called their parents and assured us that they were on the next one which was due to land in about 45 minutes or so.
I slowly walked over to the chairs. Set my sign down and tried to pretend I was okay. The missionaries luggage had made the flight so Splenda and the boys headed over to the baggage carousel to find his bags. I decided I needed a diet coke.
We all sat around making small talk and checking our watches. Splenda, me, Tuffy, C, Grandma Sue and Grandpa John, Grandma Joy, and our BFFs, the B's. It helped to have them all there to make the time go by quickly. Soon, the board listed his flight as on the ground and we took up our positions again.
Moving in for a hug from BFF and "sister he never had". Tuffy, SB and JM watching
Hug from BFF DB and second Mom
Prolly asking for an explanation as to why HE didn't call when they missed the flight. He thought he didn't have any money. Totally forgot the hunert bucks he had hidden in his wallet from the day we dropped him off at the MTC.
Mi familia - yes my eyes are closed. What of it? I was happy for crying out loud!
The hombres l-r: C, JM, Elder, GB, and Tuffy
My three sons!
Grandma Joy, Elder, Grandma Sue and Grandpa John (who he met for the first time)
All of us! l-r: SB, DB, GB, JM, Grandma Joy, WB, Elder, Me, Splenda, C, Tuffy, Grandma Sue and Grandpa John (thanks kind stranger for taking the pic)
Introduced to Molly and his first glimpse of her
After 28 hours of travel, no sleep, very little to eat, no shower and no teeth brushed, he felt gross and exhausted. Plus he was a little worried about his long hair. His last cut in Chile was horrible so he decided he was going to just wait until he got home.
No matter to me, I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen!
Welcome home mijito!