Friday, January 16, 2015

reunited in johannesburg!!!!!

"if it’s true, as shakespeare wrote, 
that “parting is such sweet sorrow,” 
then perhaps we could say that reuniting 
is the sweetest joy. while saying goodbye 
can be heart-wrenching at times, 
reconnecting with loved ones we haven’t 
seen in a while can be among life’s 
greatest moments.

for this reason, airports can be the 
happiest and the saddest of places - full of 
goodbyes and hellos that bring a tear to the 
eye and a lump to the throat. soldiers 
returning from active service are joyously
 embraced. loved ones away for a season are
 welcomed into open arms. and weary 
travelers are almost instantly rejuvenated 
by the sight of their family or friends. 
it matters not if they’ve been away for a 
few days or a few years... welcome-homes 
are moments to cherish.
in reality, we are continually saying goodbye
 and hello. and because life is short, we must
 make the most of each homecoming." 
...couldn't say anything better myself. i am one happy girl right now.
lots of pics and updates to come, but hi from SOUTH AFRICA!!!!
here are a FEW pictures from my phone before lots more to come.

^^ the two cutest faces i could ever see 
after 30 hours of flying. love them!!!
loved having johannesburg on my ticket!!!
dinner at amazing wombles our first night ^^
introduced to the AMAZING food here
{best steak} and their cola tonics! ^^
i came bearing gifts since SA has had a postal strike
and we couldn't mail any christmas was
like christmas night the first night with them!! ^^
i think he liked his gift! :)
i gave my mom a cute burlap africa map 
and this bracelet with pictures of our 
family so she always has us with her!
{it was made here}
seeing the mission home they live in...
love it! my room has a jungle out the window!
nothing like having my mom's cooking again ^^
^^ spotted these cute pictures right here by the
front door...proof they haven't forgotten us! ;)
breakfast in bed from the cutest dad ever ^^

^^ morning run in their neighborhood!

so crazy to be seeing their new life -- 
new cars -- new house -- everything!
it looks pretty good on them!
^^ now i know i'm with my mom :) 
somehow, south africa feels like home
even though i've never been here. 



  1. aww that little 10 second video made me tear up! haha
    have fun in south africa!! :)

  2. Awe, watching your video made me tear up. It reminded me of my reunion with my parents at this airport this Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family!

  3. So very sweet. Love this so much. We experienced those types of goodbyes and reunions with my brother, who just finished his service in the Marines. It's amazing how understanding and incredible people are in the airport when they know you're with a serviceman or woman. One time, I forgot my license at home and normally they wouldn't let me through security, but since we were sending my brother back to base, they made an exception and let me through without it! It meant the world to me.

  4. Visiting a new part of the world AND seeing your family. What a win! Have a lovely time!

    Katie @

    1. right?! i need to thank them for being somewhere so amazing to visit! :) thanks dear!

  5. This is so sweet!! Made me teary eyed to watch you reunite with your parents! Enjoy your time altogether!

  6. Oh this is so cute and sweet! Enjoy your time with your family and friends! With love,

  7. Dying about the gift basket. <3 <3 <3 Have so much fun!!

  8. Aww that is so fun to go spend time with your parents in South Africa! I hope you have a great time! Looking forward to all of the posts about your adventures there.

  9. I could watch the reuniting video a hundred times. You really captured the essence of how we felt being together again!


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