Monday, May 26, 2014

Our Epic Florida Trip: Day 19- Home!

Wow...after 19 days of Florida (and two months of trying to finish all of these posting) this was finally the last day!  We didn't actually spend much time in Florida on this day though...we were up before dawn and Dad had us to the airport bright and early.  We were actually back at the airport in New Hampshire around 9:30a.m.!!  Honestly I don't remember much about our flight so I guess it must have gone pretty smoothly!:)  I do remember thinking how much easier it is to travel with another adult (my husband)!  This picture was Liam at the airport in New Hampshire...just waiting to collect our luggage.  Oh yes, I do remember now how very cold it was that day!:)
Joe's dad picked us up from the airport, we drove back to their house, grabbed some food, picked up our dog, and then drove right now (after being away so long we were ready to be home).  Until we got home, then I had second thoughts!  Because from the moment we walked through the door we knew something wasn't right.  It was the smell...that awful smell.  For a brief moment we thought, we hoped, that maybe we had just left some trash out.  But it became obvious quickly that it was much more than that.  Turns out that at some point while we were away (some point over the previous 19 days) our refrigerator stopped working. And everything inside the fridge and freezer started rotting.  There was nasty, rotting juice flowing from the defrosted freezer all through the fridge.  I believe it was some sort of combination of thawed blueberries and fish mixed in with some other nastiness.  Joe dealt with the bulk of the biohazard while I kept the children upstairs and then eventually took them out to dinner.  It was not the homecoming that we were hoping for! Later that night we scrubbed the fridge and freezer and tried everything we could think of to get rid of the smell and save the fridge, but we could still see the nasty freezer "juice" in little air holes in the freezer that we couldn't get into to clean.  It was pretty clear that there was no saving it.  So the next day we got rid of it, bought a new one, and our house went back to smelling like normal.  Replacing our fridge and all of the food in it was an expense we weren't planning for but it is what it is and I am just thankful that this didn't happen in the middle of the summer (because then the smell might have seriously damaged and contaminated the entire house)!  
So, we made it through our epic Florida trip!  It is one that we will never forget!  A huge thank you goes out to all of our ministry supporters who gave in order that our whole family could be a part of the Cru Big Break conference our first week there!  And another huge thank you goes out once again to my parents who gave of their time and energy and finances to make it an incredible vacation for us and the kids!!  We couldn't have done it without any of you!

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