Notes from Jan

Home Sweet Home

May 30, 2016

Awoke this morning, which is good any where, any time over the age of 70, in my own bed. After a long day of travel from Bergen to Boston, the gift of  the familiar was the sight I most longed to see. There they were, Chad and Maggie’s smiling faces picking me up at Logan’s Terminal E, welcoming me home.

As soon as I left customs, I turned on my cell phone for the first time in almost 16 days.  There was a  welcome text from Lily,”I wanted you to have something fun to read when you turned on your phone.” It’s a rare day, since Lily moved to California, we haven’t connected by phone or text. After spending so many days on airplane mode (costs too much to roam), even my I-phone seemed happy to be home, chirping away as data flew into its secret chambers.

The day’s gray and raining on this Memorial Day but God sent a gift to  brighten the horizon.  Perched on a frail branch,  a very red, full beaked Cardinal looked my way, a reminder of God’s mercy and grace  throughout the cruise and of God’s presence this day.

As I think back on the Baltic Sea cruise with Stan and Judy, I’m reminded of a quote from a very famous bear,

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”  Pooh Bear

Thanks for coming along.  You’re good company.

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  • Reply Dale Lefever May 31, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Welcome home and thanks for letting us travel with you. We had all of the benefits with none of the costs or the time changes.

    Each day is a gift, which is why I don’t buy green bananas.

    Blessings, Dale


  • Reply wendy lane May 31, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    This post was FULL of smiles!! It was fun traveling with you!

  • Reply Anna June 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Welcome home!!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!!

  • Reply Radina Welton June 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Welcome home, Jan! You don’t know me, though we were introduced once by my daughter and her husband at a Gordon graduation. They are Dan and Lianne Petrocelli, married in their senior year at Gordon. I am Lianne’s mother, Radina Welton, and have been following your blogs for some time now, including this travel on the Baltic Cruise. I have followed it with great pleasure and interest as my husband and I have been searching for information on such a cruise through Scandinavia. Would you please reply with a link to this particular cruise you have just taken and perhaps some comments on pros and cons? We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in two years and, Lord willing with our health, would love to begin plans for a trip such as you have just taken.

    Thank you for sharing yourself in such delightful writing, and thank you for constant spiritual encouragement.

    Your sister in Christ

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