Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Born in the U.S.A."

We are on our way home! Yesterday at 9a.m. my cute husband called and asked if I could pack the family within 48 hours... the answer, of course, was "No, are you crazy?" - so, I have a little more time than that. But, the long and short of it is that I am organizing giving our precious feline friend, Suess, away; donating school uniforms; calling friends for items they want to keep and packing all at once! We'll be coming home with 12 suitcases...

Our little family lasted through drug search and seizure raids in our own neighborhood run by the Mexican military; rumors of drug wars; evidence of drug wars - and now a microscopic germ is sending us packing - literally! I have shed tears upon tears - due to this situation we cannot even physically say goodbye to these beautiful, wonderful people we have grown to love!

My only hope is to hitch a flight back with my cute husband's business trips when the epidemic clears and finally say 'adios y les queremos muchisimo'!


AngeeBee said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi, I read your message, and I get more sad. It was happy and sad to see you today, I know that our friendship will last forever, but we`ll not see frequently.

I put the bags in the back of the van and I think that Laura`s and Julio`s sons will receive the clothes so happily, also I think of Miss Silvia`s son, when we go back to School I`ll contact them first, is a lot of stuff.
Thanks so much for the baby clothes and Hanna`s lunch box, AnaSo will love it.

We`ll see you soon, and I promise that we`ll go to Texas.
If you need extra hands, please tell me ok.

Ana Lorena

marcia@joyismygoal said...

oh how nice and how Hard for you at the same time I teared up and sniffed
at that comment before mine

mary said...

I am really sad that you have to leave on this note, I pray that you and your family will be safe. Please get in touch when you get back to the states we would love to catch up with you!

AngeeBee said...

I am so happy to see you! Email me when you are on your way! Let me know how we can help once you get home. I promise I will feel better by then!


AngeeBee said...

I put up the last comment because in the original our names were used.

GramGrampsGazette said...

I am crying for you...I know how much you all have loved making new friends and having cherished your adventures,time there etc....what a great experience it has been for you all --and even tho that teeny germ is causing havoc, it cannot take away all the precious memories you bring home with you! Yes, indeed a trip back down when all is cleared would be great and seems very likely! We are so happy you are on your way home for many reasons but we do know it's a bittersweet time!

Anonymous said...

I'm sad for you that you will be leaving under such circumstances, but am grateful that you and your little family will be back in the US. Not sure what means of transportation you are using to come back, but we (Ed and I) are praying that you will be safe and healthy.

Maybe after all this flu epidemic is over you can take a vacation back to say "goodbye" to everyone. No doubt Mexico will always hold a special place in your hearts.

We will continue to hold your family in our prayers.

Love Ya...Leslie

Anonymous said...

We're sorry that it saddens you... But we'll take you guys back as soon as we can get you!

I guess it worked out nice that you already have cars and a home... Huh?


Jason said...

It's truly sad that your time in Mexico is coming to an end in such an abrupt fashion. I remember similar feelings during the last 1-2 days of my mission in Venezuela when I wanted to say good-bye to so many but didn't have time.

I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to get back, and we're fortunate enough to live in an era of Skype, e-mail, and blogs to keep in touch. (I, unfortunately, don't have that communication with the people I knew 10 years ago in South America.)

Be safe and careful with packing and traveling. We'll be excited to see you back in the USA!

Aubrey said...

What a mix of emotions for you! You are excited to be going home, and yet not expecting to do so as suddenly and urgently as you are.
I hope you can all adjust amoothly to the changes!

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Anonymous said...

It is so good to see your update. I have been very worried about your family the last few days. I was telling Kent last night that my worrying will only stop when you guys are back on US soil. Miss you guys. The kiddos are going to have lots of stories to tell for many years to come.

Alison P.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about you! It's always sad to leave a place you've grown to love!

Good luck with packing everything. I don't miss that part. :)

I was in China when SARS was rampant. These pictures look all too familiar.


I have a good life said...

What a difficult way to say goodbye! I guess in some ways it is nice to be so busy that the sadness doesn't overwhelm you.

K can't wait to see E. She about died after school when she saw you would be here Saturday and then really died when E emailed her again saying it would be Wednesday. This is such a blessing for her, as she has been dealing with so much.

We can't wait to see you....just whenever you are settled enough to come see us or us you, give us a call!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad we all followed our feelings regarding our proposed visit. I hope all is well. We sure do love you guys. I had a great trip to Casas Grandes/Colonia Juarez. The clinic ran well. We were able to help get a lot of people out of pain, including many Mennonites. We worked hard, and unfortunately had little time to enjoy Mexico. The temple in Colonia Juarez is beautiful.


Anonymous said...

ahhhh ok, pero ya no van a volver??? pero de todos modos pues muchas gracias por haberme ayudado a a prender ingles, mil gracias por esas clases, que siempre fueron muy bonitas, solo te pediria ese ultimo favor de recomendarme con tu amigo de autoliv para ver si pudiera trabajar en esa empresa...


Anonymous said...

Irasema and I want to say thanks for all the support that you provided us in the church and all the things that we learned from you with your example and experience in how to work with our Celestial Father.

I think we will miss you, and even the language did not help us, I remember very well all the things that we do in the church (When we went to the stadium, when the 10 virgins representation, and other funny things)

We just want to say have a good return to USA, and remember that here in Qro all of you has one place where you can eat at least frijoles :)

GOD Bless you.

Best Regards

Elizabeth Brown said...

It will be great to see you again soon. I hope that your trip is safe and fast. We'll keep you in our prayers.

Anne said...

I'm so sad for you to have to leave in such a hurry!
But it will be nice to have you back here :)

runningmom said...

Wow. Can't believe your journey in Mexico is ending so abruptly.

How hard to not get to say goodbyes. Your time down their has seemed so awesome.

Good luck with the travel and adjustments!

Anonymous said...

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i love you

Anonymous said...

hey you guys! im glad to hear that ya'll are fine and coming back to texas! when we heard about the swine flu, i thought of you guys in mexico and prayed that all was well. it really is a sad time right now everywhere. we are fine, even though the boys school didnt close like fort worth school district did. The boys are taking their taks test this week, and talked about safety precautions. we cant wait to see you guys. i don't know if you are already back in texas or not. give us a call when you get the chance. talk to yousoon!!! love always,
kirk, denise & the boys

Anonymous said...

I hope you guys have a safe journey. Please let me know your new address and phone number once you arrive back and are settled. Good Luck with everything.

Love you!

Anonymous said...

Saludos Familia:

Espero que se establezcan rápidamente en EU y que estén muy bien.
Quiero agradecerles estos casi 2 años que convivimos juntos en Querétaro y que fue para mi una gran amistad y amor.
Son muy diferentes a los estranjeros que conocemos, hay valores familiares, amor a Dios y sobretodo gran respeto por los demás.
Gracias por el trabajo que me dieron y gracias por abrirme las puertas de su corazón, de su casa y de su confianza.
En nombre de la familia Franco Rodríguez, les deseamos una buena vida llena de cristo y salud a los niños.

Oren mucho por la situación de México y los esperamos siempre.
Rosángela, Adolfo y Diego.

Gio, Judi and Boys said...

what a way to have to pack up so quickly....i hope your home is ready for you...where will you be landing????

Natalie said...

Wow, what an unexpected departure. I'm sure it will be for the best. The Lord always leads us to be where we should. I pray His choicest blessings upon your family.