Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Over The River and Through The Woods - New Version

Brother and Sister
Together in Dhaka
Tonight I am praying for my oldest daughter who is flying somewhere between Dhaka and Abu Dhabi.  When she arrives in Abu Dhabi, she will board a plane to fly to Chicago.  Hopefully, she will be back on U.S. soil sometime tomorrow around 3:30 or 4:00 in the afternoon.  She will then fly to Denver.  Since she lives in Utah, she will not really be home until Thursday morning. She plans on spending Wednesday night in the Denver area.

Her journey gives a whole new meaning to the song we used to sing in school, "Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go."  When I first learned that song so many years ago, I never imagined that my children would be so spread out across the nation, and this year across the globe, when the holidays hit.  The new reality is that many of us have our families very far away.

Keicha has been in Dhaka visiting my youngest son and his family.  I am so grateful they have had a wonderful time together making new memories.  We have kept up on a bit of what has been going on through Facebook.  It seems it was a very sad farewell when Keicha, Jason, and Keicha's friend, Amy left Jon, Sam and Atticus today. Before the visitors left for home, they all got  dressed up and went out on the town.

Jason, Keicha, Amy, Samantha, Jonathan
Going out on the town

Thankfully, Jon and his family will be coming back to the USA for good around the middle of December.  Another long journey will be made to connect family for the Christmas holiday.

My husband and I had originally planned on going to Utah this week to spend Thanksgiving with my oldest son and his family.  When I decided to go back to work, we changed our minds and stayed home. That might have been a good decision.  A terrible storm is set to his Utah tonight.  My oldest son's wife who works for the Red Cross in Utah said they are already identifying possible shelters along I15 because a terrible blizzard is being forecast.

If this blizzard hits, my former husband, who has been in Colorado for the past few days with my daughter in the Boulder area, could be driving right into it.  Keicha will arrive in Denver from Bangladesh and could fly into the storm in Salt Lake.

I am praying that this storm does not hit as it has been predicted.  In the meantime, I think of those simple days when going home for the holidays meant that folks only went "over the river and through the woods."


  1. Oh my goodness, your life is not simple. The pictures are wonderful and I'm so glad young adults today have these opportunities for global experiences. I do hope all of you can avoid the approaching storms. It is 19 degrees here in Portland, OR with some ice and snow. Washington has much more than Oregon. I hope your family remains safe.

  2. I pray your family will be safely reunited for the holidays and won't be adversely affected by the storm. I lived and worked at the Alta Lodge in Alta UT and in SLC for 2 years. Loved it. Your 'world travelers' are certainly something! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Off to read more...

  3. I'm so sorry for all the pain you're going through. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everybody's travels will be safe and happy.

  4. I am keeping good thoughts for your family and hope they are not too affected by the storm.
    How wonderful that your children are experiencing such different cultures but I know you will feel better when they are all home.
    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Indeed. Those simple days.
    As we begin our gradual thaw tomorrow we'll be hoping that the storm we sent you way does not catch your loved ones unaware.
    Best wishes, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  6. What a week for travel. It took us two days to get to Austin from Washington. We had a total of four cancelled flights because of weather. We left behind a blizzard and are now basking in 80 degree temps.

    I home your family all get home safely and you enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving.

  7. I didn't see an email on your profile so I'm responding to your comment this way. Yes, my china is Noritake 'Lorelei', my wedding china from 1969. The turkey I picked up a Williams Sonoma a few years ago, at a half price sale after Thanksgiving. Mine held chocolate.

  8. What beautiful young people these are! I hope the holiday travels were all safe and that everyone got where they needed to be.

  9. Hi Sallie, Since I know that earlier storm didn't cause much of a stir here in CO before Thanksgiving, I'm hoping that your daughter and friends arrived home safely. We're currently in Denver and plan to head to our home in Breckenridge tomorrow - we're hoping we can beat the next storm in the forecast! Hope your Thanksgiving break has been a nice one.

  10. Hope by now your beloved daughter is back home with the family and you've all had a great Thanksgiving.

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