life on the funny farm

Monday, July 30, 2012

Btw? She's BACK!!!!

Our Rosie is finally home, sweet home! We picked her up last night at half o'clock in the morning.

Here she is getting off the bus.

Here she is bidding one of her fellow Australian-Americans a tearful goodbye.

Here she is being engulfed by some of the other young ambassadors in a farewell mosh pit that was more dangerous than all the surfing and rapelling and spelunking combined.

Here is a picture of a picture of her cuddling what appears to be a dead Koala. Dead of some exotic disease, no doubt.

Here is a picture of a picture of her rapelling down some....
OK, I can't do this anymore.

Anyway, she is fine and dandy and only has one scratch on her foot to show for all her risk-taking, danger-seeking adventures.

When we were driving home, I asked her a bazillion questions, give or take, before we settled into a comfortable silence. After a few minutes, as she gazed out the window, I heard her say,

"I miss them all."

My heart swelled, my eyes got all misty, and I thought to myself, 'I've raised this girl right. What a sweet and tender thing that she misses her brothers and sisters...'

"Can we go soon?"

"Go where, darlin'?"

"To the mall. I miss the mall."

Oh. I miss the mall, not I miss them all.
Strike the wistfulness and the tender heart.

Anyway, by the time we got home and got her suitcase in and she said hello to all her siblings who were waiting up, it was 2 in the morning before I was in bed, and much later than that (nearly 4, maybe?) till I fell asleep, all to get up at 6 to drive someone somewhere (you Moms know what I'm talking about). And I'm back from that, but have to leave soon to take a different kid to the dentist.

I don't need a cup of coffee, I need a coffee infusion system today.

That's OK. I've got my girl back safe and sound,

It's all good.


  1. welcome home Rosie! I am so proud of her courage to fly to the other side of the world on her own. Not sure if I could do that (at her age or now, LOL). That's awesome. I am totally jealous of the koala - dead or not. LOL


  2. Thanks, Shar, I'll tell her! I don't know who is braver: her for going or me for letting her go. Anyway, she's back now. I can breathe again...

  3. Yay, you both made it. Glad she came home safe and sound. You try and find some sleep. I wish you many coffee shots at this point until you can get some:)

  4. I'm with Shar...I'm still afraid to get on a plane! What an amazing experience you've allowed her to that she will remember forever!

  5. What a terrific experience! And you are equally brave for even entertaining the idea of her leaving the country to fly to the other side of the world!

  6. @Rachelle, Meg, and Lissie: Thanks, gals!

  7. I've just been reading some of your posts and had a little chuckle to myself. Are you trying to tell me me that you have no spiders or snakes around? I live with these every day as you will see from my blog if you happen to visit sometime. By the way ... my last name is Kimbell and my hubby's grandfather was a Kimball from the USA. We may be related way back and through marriage. Cheers Sue



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