Friday, December 21, 2007

GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christmas has arrived early here in middle England. (Please imagine huge grin and much bouncing up and down with excitement......And a plethora of exclamation marks!!)

There I was, wrapping presents, baking biscuits, and having just cleaned the bathrooms, not looking the most fetching, you can imagine, and Andrew and Ann arrived. It was lovely to see them, and they said please go to the kitchen while we bring in a parcel which still needed to be wrapped. So we did, and I carried on wrapping a present. Then I looked up, because it got REALLY quiet.

AND.........


LOOK!!!!! MY DAUGHTER!!!!! THE ONE WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN NEW ZEALAND!!!!!


IS IN MY KITCHEN!!!!! AND I AM HUGGING HER!!!


I had NO idea she was coming, nor did I suspect that my children were so devious! This has been planned for months, apparently, and my son and his wife arranged for her to come home for Christmas. Can you imagine a better Christmas present for this mother?? I am beside myself with excitement and still can't believe she is indeed upstairs asleep. Here. Home. With the family. My family is all here together. For one unbelievably special Christmas.

As she says..... one word sums this up. JOY.



Pure unadulterated joy.

Just excuse the shrieks and house-cleaning garb. I am still in shock.

19 comments:

Kelli said...

What a WONDERFUL SURPRISE!!! I hope you guys have just the absolute best Christmas ever.

Love from the other side of the pond.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

How perfectly wonderful! The joy comes through loud and clear. Have a delightful, delicious, perfectly blissful holiday with your family, Linds.

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Oh, Linds. What a wonderful, wonderful surprise. I'm so happy for you and your excitement literally jumped out of the computer screen.

Merry Christmas! As if I need to wish you a merry Christmas. This is going to be one of your best Christmases ever. xoxo

PEA said...

Watching that video has got me crying so much....tears of JOY because as a mother I know how much this kind of surprise means to you!!! Dear Linds, enjoy every moment with your daughter home....Merry Christmas to you and yours my dear friend!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hope that you all have a wonderful time together.

Esther

Jo and JD said...

And a Very Merry Christmas to you!
I would bet that no matter waht else you may find under your tree this Christmas, nothing will top this gift. I am so happy for you!

Lori said...

How wonderful!!!! The best gift of all!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!!!!

Morning Glory said...

Oh, you were so right when you said your Christmas was going to be spectacular. I'm behind in reading blogs, also, and to come here and read this -- well, I'm smiling from ear to ear! How wonderful for all of you.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Friend. May will be here in about 3 weeks.

momrn2 said...

Excuse me while I do a happy dance for you!! That is the best Christmas surprise ever!!

ENJOY!... and Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

What an amazing surprise and what a great Christmas youare going to have. I am so excited for you Linds.

Susie said...

Dear Linds,
I can't think of a better Christmas gift than for one's family to be together. I am so very happy for you all.
Merry Christmas!
xo

Anonymous said...

So so so so delighted for you all. Much love and hugs to you all.

Tessa & family (Reading)

His Singer said...

Oh LINDS!!!!

You had me crying as well with the clip of your "present"...

What a wonderful gift!

Happy Christmas, my friend!

Angie said...

I had to come back again today and have another look! I am so happy for you having your whole family together this Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
angie

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you all - Have a wonderful time. I too was joyfully surprised by Diana so I can only imagine that it's x 100 for you.
love
Janet

Isabelle said...

Oh WOW!!! I'm SO pleased for you!!! Your children are so lovely - just like mine!!! (only taller and redder-haired). What a lovely video - couldn't make out every word but got the general idea (and you have a South African accent - don't know why this came as a surprise...). I too have tears rolling down my cheeks for you.

Last year I had my gall bladder out and when I came home, we were all sitting around having a meal when Daughter 2, who I thought was at uni in Sheffield, came strolling into the dining room. Your film reminded me so much of that! (And I realise that NZ is a bit further away.)

Have a lovely, lovely time - of course you will. Love to Diana too!

Kecia said...

Hi, I found you through Angie's blog...this is so precious! It really made me smile. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

meggie said...

Wonderful Christmas Joy!

Enjoy it all.

Merry Christmas to you & all your family.

At A Hen's Pace said...

Oh, what a blessing it must be to have all your children there!

And how nice to hear your voice! It's delightful--just like I imagined. :)

Blessings--

Jeanne