As Elijah lay sleeping in my arms, our plane came over Qingdao, from the ocean side, towards the airport. We flew right over our old apartment, and in the distance I could see our new apartment with the beautiful LaoShan mountain range behind it. I stared out of the window, trying to contain my happiness, while daydreaming about running into Justin’s arms. I couldn’t wait to see him, and once more be by his side. It felt like I hadn’t seen him for much more than a month. When we are apart, time seems to drag on forever. I really did miss my best friend with all of my heart and soul. It helped that Eli was asleep during this end part of our long journey from Dallas to Qingdao, because I was really enjoying the sunlight coming through the window, the view from my window seat, and the fact that the skies were a stunning blue with perfectly puffy white clouds. The weather matched my mood, but I could barely contain the butterflies in my stomach. I had never been this nervous to see my husband!
In a previous posts, Journey to Justin, I described how I got through all of the queues and security checks at the Qingdao Airport. It took a lot of patience – there was no doubt about it, I was back in China! When I made it through the glass sliding doors, I immediately saw Justin with his arms raised above his head. He was holding a welcome poster and wearing a massive grin on his face! He had brought along a cold soda for me and some crackers for Elijah – he knows us so well.
I love that Justin had made this sweet poster for us. When we got home I realized that he had made a lot more than one poster. There was a big “Welcome Home” banner in our lounge, a poster near our dining room, another on a window near our bedroom, my favorite flowers, and after he had brought our bags upstairs he started making us a meal as well. When I asked when he had made the posters and the banner, he said that he had sat doing them three days before our return. He had worked hard to make the house all “homey” for us.
If it sounds like I’m bragging… I can’t help it. This husband of mine is incredibly sweet. He has a heart of gold. I love who he is, and who he is striving to be. He is so soft and compassionate. I missed him so much, and I am thankful that we are together once more. I’m grateful for all that he did in making our return to China so wonderful. When we got into the taxi to make our way home from the airport, my large bag wouldn’t fit in the trunk (or “boot”, as I would call it) so we had to put it on the back seat of the taxi, next to me and Elijah, and Justin had to sit in the front seat. We both made a pouty face at each other as soon as we realized that we couldn’t sit next to each other on the way home. Even though the years are moving by, and we have a child, nothing much has changed. We still want to always sit next to each other, hold hands, go everywhere together, and tell each other every mundane thought that enters our minds. There’s no need for fancy things. I don’t want or need him to spend lots of money trying to show me that he loves me… I love how simple things are with us. These sweet posters show just how much he cares! Nothing much has changed since we fell in love in 2010 – I love that about us.
I’m so happy to be back!