I didn't really believe they would. I know how it goes when you're flying Space Available - especially internationally. Iain's flight privileges with Delta Airlines have been a great blessing to him and Jenn, but you have to be flexible. Nevertheless, they'd been planning this trip since last spring. They had to wait to come on a holiday weekend that would give them a few extra days off. Thanksgiving weekend. One of the highest travel weekends of the year. Even though the flights looked good, I just couldn't convince myself they were really coming. Ahhh, the suspense.
Well, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, they got the last two seats on the flight out of Salt Lake to Atlanta. Phew! But the best news came a couple of hours later when they texted us that they were boarding the flight from Atlanta to London. Hooray! We picked Jenn and Iain up at Heathrow Airport early on the morning of Wednesday, November 21st - the day before Thanksgiving. They hit the ground running. There were a lot of things they wanted to see and do in the short five days they were here! On a few of those days we dropped them off at the train station and they found their way into London alone, but since there are weeks when we never get a P-Day, we were able to take a couple of the days they were here as past due P-Days and travel with them. That was so much fun for us! Just spending time in the car and on the train together was a treat. We had a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving!
Here are a few of the highlights of our time together:
|On the train to London|
|There's so much to see in London that it's hard to know where to begin.|
|First stop: the British Museum|
|Part of ancient Egyptian history ended up in England...|
|Next stop: Covent Garden.|
|It looked like Christmas.|
|On our way to the theatre.|
|Sunday morning at the Eastbourne Ward.|
|Monday morning at Stonehenge.|
|I love looking at the sheep almost as much as Stonehenge :)|
|Monday afternoon in Chawton at the home of Jane Austen|
The time we had with Jenn and Iain went so fast and before we knew it we were taking them back to the airport. It was hard to see them leave, but we are so glad that they were able to come. I always have to remind myself of what Dr. Seuss said, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened!" There really wasn't much time to think about being sad, though. Our mission responsibilities keep us plenty busy and right now all our Visitors' Centre Christmas activities are just around the corner. We'll take the sweet memories of their visit with us right into the Christmas season. ~Pat~