Thursday, February 26, 2009

Welcomed Home With Joy!

"Welcome him in the Lord
with great joy,
and honor men like him..."
Philippians 2:29
Jim arrived home this afternoon from his 10-day dream-come-true-trip-of-a-lifetime to Israel! We picked him up at Philadelphia International Airport and were well-equipped with welcome home signs and Philly Cheese Steaks! (They don't mix meat and cheese in Israel, so this hometown favorite really hit the spot!)
We were so excited! Yes, I cried tears of joy and thankfulness! The children could barely contain themselves and had ear-to-ear smiles on their faces.
At home, we spent a few days decorating with hand-drawn posters, balloons, banners, letters and ribbons. Our foyer looks more like a party spot right now.
Jim had an "unbelievable" time in the Holy Land. It will take him weeks to share with us all that he wants us to know. And we have a lot of questions! He also took over 1,000 pictures and over 8 hours of video. What treasures they will be for all of us. We are thrilled that the Lord provided this opportunity for Jim to go to Israel, for all the Lord is doing in his heart through this journey and for the many friendships nourished there.
Thank you for your prayers! They were invaluable to us! We are humbled by all the love for us expressed through prayer. Thank you, dear family and friends, who extended very tangible love to me and the cherubs through phone calls, invitations for dinner, special dates with the kids and gracious friendship toward me.
The afterglow of our reunion will linger for many days, I am sure. Time to get the children all nestled and snug in their beds!
Welcome home, honey! We love you!

4 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

So glad he is home safe & joyful. What a blessing he has had! God is so good. I am so happy to see his blessing poured out in your lives. So happy we are friends! Enjoy your weekend with your wonderful family together.

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Sharon I'm thrilled to hear his trip was so blessed and he is now home safe with all of you!

Enjoy your time together and embracing all that God has shown Jim while in His Holy land!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Heather said...

Praising Him with you!! So thankful Jim is home safe and sound. We simply love you sweet friends!

xoxo
Heather

Runner Mom said...

So glad that he made it home safely! What a wonderful trip of a life time! Can't wait for you to post some pictures!

Enjoy your time with all of your family safely at home.

Hugs,
Susan