Well, it was a long trip back but we made it okay. The transfers from Kari’s wheelchair to the aisle chair to the plane seat and back were very hard, but we got them done. We got to the airport 2 ½ hours early and had just enough time to do everything, and after we landed it took us an hour to get off the plane, get back into the wheelchair and get situated. Sarah, who was driving our van back, hit some bad weather (and almost a few cars) and wasn’t going to be able to make it to the airport to pick us up as we had planned, and we left in the air without a ride home planned. Luckily, we got on the phone with some friends of ours and they called a wheelchair minivan to come pick us up. We had a little trouble locating the van and didn’t actually leave Orange County until almost 6:00. The traffic wasn’t that bad, but the whole day had been so long that Kari was totally exhausted by the time we got there and threw up just after we pulled up to the house we were staying at. She was fine, though, and we’ve spent the last few days just lounging around and recovering from the journey.
We are staying with the Logans, friends of ours from church and whose daughter Melissa is the one I have written about on the Blog before. It has been nice to stay with them—a good transition before home and a family that understands what it is like to go through this type of tragedy. We haven’t really done much except go to the church to get some stuff and to go and get ice cream and the break from the hospital schedule has been nice. The last two days, Kari has slept until noon :) I got a message from our apartment manager yesterday saying that we’d be able to move in on the 6th of January. Once I know for sure though, I’ll write here to give anybody that wants to help further details. Anyways, we are going to be at church tomorrow, (the address is the one on the donations page on the website) so I wanted to invite anybody that wanted to come to be there to. Church starts at 10:30, and people usually get there around 10:00 to have some snacks and talk before church.
We are so happy to be home. When we were driving around yesterday, Kari said “Man, I love California.” We just love the atmosphere, the land, the weather, and of course all of our friends here. It took us a while to get settled, but it truly feels like home here and we feel so great to be back. We look forward to seeing friends here we haven’t seen in so long and also want to thank the many that came from our old home and elsewhere across the country to come visit us in Colorado.
Happy New Year!