the welcome home party

On the way home from Portland . . .

we admired over and over again how drivers drove so nicely.

For the most part. . .

posted speed limits and sign rules are kindly observed and it occurred to me that anyone can be trained given the opportunity to be reformed.

We drove through a state and a half with not a siren nor a display of cheery lights on our behalf.

When a driver refused to follow the signage. .

they were over on the side of the road with a patrol car behind them ....

and we tsk tsked and shook our heads and wondered when people will ever learn.

At the border crossing . .

we were allowed back into our Canada with only a concern that we hadn't overspent our budget.

We hadn't.

Nothing brings a smile to a girls face like the perfect timing of arriving home and the showing up of the grands . . .as though it was a carefully timed car rally.

Arms open wide and wee smiles of recognition . . .

was more than enough to make us happily leave the unpacking and the sorting of the goods for yet another day.

We opted to sleep one more night in the trailer since the bungalow sitters were so comfortable in their beds and we were in ours and one more night in our trailer would allow for a bit more open arms and wee smiles in the morning.

Yesterday . . .

I walked back and forth from the trailer to the house . .

carrying the laundry bag and books and the last bit of perishables.

I could have walked with my eyes closed with only my sense of smell to tell me I was passing the lilacs both white and lavender.

I might have been photo snapping silly as I passed through the beautiful subdivisions in Portland . .

but the dogwoods back on the farm . . .

welcomed me home.


  1. So glad you are home safely!!! I'm longing for a big bouquet of lilacs. They remind me of my childhood and their smell is one of my favorites. Alas, they can't be bought at the florist. :) Someday I must plant a bush.

  2. Welcome home - I hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as the rest of us did!
    Still waiting for lilacs over here!

  3. We are happy to have you and sound. Home...the welcome at the end of the journey...and the best place to be.

  4. Tip top time from start to finish, and no regrets about coming home. Happy that you and T. had such a great time visiting the coast and were willing to share the beauty with us in blogland.

  5. Being away is nice, but there's nothing like coming home to a warm welcome! (The only "welcome" we got when we arrived back home was from an irate cat.) I could almost smell the lilacs as I scrolled through the photos on your post!

  6. Ahh, sigh. It's always so good to come home. Love your lilacs and that Dogwood is so beautiful. Note to self...again...go buy a Dogwood and lilac to plant in the yard!!!
    Have a great week Lovella...

  7. How special for you to be able to enjoy your family upon arrival. Your yard is looking beautiful. Kathy (MGCC)

  8. It is so good to know you are really back home...and isn't it wonderful to see those little ones...
    Enjoy the beauty of those blossom.
    There is no place like home.

  9. So special! What a blessing to have a home and loved ones to come home to! Beautifully written!

  10. It sounds like your journey was lovely. It is true, however, that there is no place like home. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  11. Home Sweet Home...what could be better! Thank you so much for including posts from your trip. I enjoyed it all so much. Don't you love seeing the little ones again. How blessed we are! The flower pictures are exceptionally beautiful!

  12. Lilacs have long been a favorite flower of mine... the scent is sooo sweet.
    How nice to be greeted by little ones... nothing like the welcome of grands!

    Hope you settle back into 'normal'.... in the end, there really is no place like home, right?


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