Posted (Tina) in All Posts on May-26-2008

Let the day begin…Our friend Kerri came to pick up Josh and Doug this morning to transport them for a much-needed cup of java and to take them to the airport.

Josh and Doug should be landing in Orlando around 3:30pm EST. We are praying for a safe and uneventful flight.

Here in Gainesville, we are trying to entertain the Bun and pack the rest of our stuff!

UPDATE 2:30pm EST: Well, the sweet lady came to pick up the crib…and she brought Ella a small gift. She gave her these cute John Deere socks, so we won’t forget Florida!

It was really nice of her. She also opted to purchase Ella’s swing. This was great for us because there will be limited room in the mini-van driving back to Colorado.

Ella has been watching videos today and hanging out with Jeanie while Mom continues to pack. One of her favorites is “Baby Signing Time” – – she gets really excited! Here are some photos that capture the moment:

UPDATE 4:30pm EST: Josh and Doug landed safely and have started driving back towards Gainesville, a 2 hour drive. Before they left Orlando, Doug had to stop and kiss his wife and girls. Josh didn’t mind the hugs either!

UPDATE 7:15pm EST: The boys made it to our apartment in Gainesville and we have celebrated by eating a pizza for dinner! Now, we are off to do more packing…

Fran on May 26th, 2008 at 8:10 am #

I am sure the boys needed that Starbucks and will definitely be napping on the plane back to Orlando!
I am also sure you, the Bun and Jeanie will be very happy to see them!

Tracy Schultz on May 26th, 2008 at 9:14 am #

Wow, you’re on your way! So exciting!!

Eusey Family on May 26th, 2008 at 10:56 am #

Way to go Josh – travelin man. hope you catch some zzzzz’s on the plane.



Adrienne (Melissa's sister) on May 26th, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

Adrenaline and caffeine – what a great mix!

Lisa Richmond on May 26th, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

I can not believe how tired you must be Josh! You must be running on pure adrenaline! Wholy smokes! I am so excited for your family…and am saying prayers one more time for good weather for yet another drive home across the plains!!!!

Williamsburg on May 26th, 2008 at 4:41 pm #

Glad you are safe and sound and back on the ground, my friend. Boy, was it good to see you! Saving up more tears to blubber all over Tina and the Bun when we get to see them in person, too. We’ll be praying continually as you make your way back for good – let’s watch out for those tornados, shall we??? All our love. XOXOXO

Tara Hayes on May 26th, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

looks like Ella was excited to see her daddy!!!!

tamara tessmer on May 26th, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

so thrilled for the three of you. Praying for safe travel on the last half of your journey home.
In Christ,

Brown Family on May 26th, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

What a happy family picture. Glad the trip was a success. Praying for the next leg.

Laura Marold on May 26th, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

How exciting to be going HOME!!! You need a pair of sparkly red shoes like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Love, Laura M.

Michelle Herman Skeels on May 26th, 2008 at 6:26 pm #

Great to see that you all are so close to being home! Travel safe!

Jim and Char Jordan on May 26th, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

I can only say just how much we love you and pray for an uneventful journey HOME! HOME? Did I say HOME?

Joel Snyder on May 27th, 2008 at 12:21 am #

Ella, Dad made it back home and now your journey home begins. Josh and Doug what a great trip and thanks for the updates all the way. I am at work and trying to comprehend that it is finally going to happen and that you are coming home. I am praying that you will have a safe and uneventful trip home. I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chambers Family on May 27th, 2008 at 4:59 am #

I am tired just reading this! WOW!

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on May 27th, 2008 at 5:52 am #

Welcome back buddy! We caught up with your progress on Sunday and the first thing I did this morning was check and mske sure you made it back safely. I’m sure you’re pretty wore out after all that…but you’re almost there! We will miss you (what am I going to do come lunchtime on Friday now??) but we will only be a phone call (or email) away if you ever need us. We consider ourselves blessed by God to have met you three and will never forget you. You will always have family in Florida. May God bless you with his vision, may you always walk in His will and may you always be aware of His love for you.

Steve and Joan Odell on May 27th, 2008 at 6:37 am #

Whew!! what a trip – so glad everything worked out as planned. Our Lord does take care of everything!! We were gone all weekend so didn’t catch up until today. Prayers continue for all the West family’s needs to be met – and they will be in His time and way. Lord Bless – Steve and Joan

Fran on May 27th, 2008 at 6:51 am #

What a great picture of the three of you! Love it!
Praying for you as you continue your journey home.

John & Estela Williams on May 27th, 2008 at 1:57 pm #

Just got caught up…. had family from Wichita KS and Los Angeles this past weekend and it was a full house. You were right, lots of storm and activity in KS this passed weekend. I am so happy to hear that the boys made is safe to CO and back to you girls. Love you guys and pray that your trip is just as safe. God Bless

Sheila ( Par's Great Aunt) on May 27th, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

Blessings to you as you begin your journey home. Reading your story with Ella has been filled with emotion. Sometimes I have cried and then I laugh. Thank you for sharing. Please continue to post Ella’s story as you can. I pray for a safe trip HOME!!!

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