Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Veteran’s Day Homecoming.


This will be a very short post just to let you know that I have arrived home safely --

Although my luggage did not!

When I arrived in Miami, I breezed through customs thanks to global re entry, and stood at the baggage carousel waiting for my bag….all of my group, one by one claimed their bags and went off to catch their connecting flights homeward, except me!

Turns out my bag never left Lima….it had been randomly pulled for a search and missed my flight connection.

No worries, they tell me I should have it in a day or so.  I filled out all of the paper work with LAN airlines, and my confirmation came to me via email.  IN SPANISH! LOL!

But I am happily home and waiting, arriving on my doorstep just past 1am this morning.


Sadie says welcome home!


My last photo taken in Peru!

It was a beautiful day to fly as you can see ---I zoomed in on these snow capped peaks, the mountains were out to wave us farewell as we flew from Cusco to Lima.

Everything else right now is a blur.  I’m moving a bit slowly, and I just don’t have it in  me to edit down more photos right now to do a decent post for the remainder of our trip so I’m taking today as a day to rest my mind and to settle back into a routine.

Veteran's day is perfect to do this as I reflect upon the service given by family members protecting our freedom over the past many decades.

From my grandfather William Wilkinson who served in the navy during World War II, to his son, my Uncle Robert Wilkinson who served in Vietnam along with my Uncle Steve Mach on my mom's side of the family to my brothers Scott and Rick, both navy men, to friends and family everywhere who have given of their lives and their time in the service of our country and for the cause of freedom, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

The photo at the top of this post was taken off of my front porch this morning where our flag proudly waves.

I am so happy to be back home in the USA!

More to follow, as I am able.

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  1. Happy Veteran's Day to you too Bonnie and welcome home. Hope you get a good long rest in. Sounds like you had fun on your trip and am so looking forward to seeing your pictures.
    Hugs from Foggy Georgia
    Mary K

  2. Welcome home and a Happy Veteran's Day to you as well. We are so blessed to live in a great country and I remember it every single day. I would imagine Sadie is VERY happy to have you back home and will be shadowing you for some time to come!! Enjoy your "Bonnie Time" which will hopefully include a stay at Quilt Villa! Thanks for taking us on your trips ... we love it! Linda

  3. Welcome back to your home. Boy, Sadie sure was giving you THE LOOK!
    Thanks again for sharing so much with all of us on your travels.

  4. Welcome home! Hope you have some time to rest and relax with your family. Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures! :)

  5. Anonymous11:12 AM EST

    Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures! In my head I took the trip with you... Thank you..again.

  6. So glad you're HOME. It's a NO Mail Day so you don't have any reason to go out. A day of reflection and gratitude for our Freedoms here in the USA!

  7. Welcome home, rest, tomorrow is another day.

  8. Sadie really looks more like 'WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?" HA

  9. Welcome home and rest up! Loved all your photos and posts while on your trip! Thank you for sharing those with all of us!

  10. Happy you are home safe and sound Bonnie.

  11. Anonymous2:35 PM EST

    Welcome Home!! Glad you had a safe trip home; I know Sadie was glad to see you!
    Hope your luggage makes it home soon....always makes me nervous when my luggage travels on a different plane than me!
    Get some rest and enjoy your family time!

    Sandra B

  12. Rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Family time!!!!!! Enjoy! :-) glad you are safe!

  13. Rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Family time!!!!!! Enjoy! :-) glad you are safe!

  14. Even with all the posting you sent us, I still missed you too.
    Glad you are back home and safe.
    Relax and enjoy your Veteran's Day.

  15. Glad you are home, if I see your bag floating in the Gulf of Mexico, near Texas, I will put a boom and hook onto it. Happy Trails Bonnie.

  16. A very big welcome home.
    Hope your luggagearrives soon. I know THE feeling when you write that one by one they picked up THE suitcases and you was still standing there. IT happened to me in Amsterdam. IT was THE biggelt mess and had to wIt 3 hours before i was ready to get out. My family left they thought i did not arrive. Suitcases came after 3 days.. Hope the jet lag is over soon for you. Your sweet dog must be so happy to have you back too.rest and enjoy being home.
    Yoka Bazilewich


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