He’s Home! 7/1/2010

Just wanted all of you to know Blake made it safe and sound to Mackinac Island Wednesday afternoon. He made all his connections, with time to spare, and landed in Pellston at 2:50 p.m.  

We got back to the island at 4 p.m., and Blake was fading fast.  He had not slept in 26 hours (he had a middle seat in the back of the plane from Shanghai to Detroit – 14 1/2 hours), but wanted to try and stay awake until he’d eaten dinner and then go to bed at a somewhat “normal” American time to help him get over his jet lag.  We walked down to the Gatehouse, had dinner, and came right back home.  He walked in the condo, said he was going to “close his eyes a minute” on the couch and fell into the deepest sleep I have ever seen.  I finally got him  awake enough that he could walk into the guest bedroom and go to bed.  He was out like a light!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers that were lifted up for his safe travels.  God bless.

The Northwest Airlink plane arriving in Pellston from Detroit.


After a year, finally another "Blake" hug!

I don't think I could have been grinning any wider than this without splitting my cheeks open!

Some very tired, but very happy eyes.

Blake - standing at the front of the ferry, as it pulls alongside the Arnold dock.

What it was all about - Blake, with his class of university Freshmen, before he left China.


14 thoughts on “He’s Home! 7/1/2010

  1. Welcome home Blake, you have made Brenda one happy mama! 🙂 Enjoy every minute of your stay. Have a GREAT day!

  2. Homecomings are Divine. I know everyone will rest well now that Blake is on this side of the globe. I know Bear has special pets coming.

  3. Your eyes and sweet smiles tell it all! Have a wonderful visit, I know it will seem so fleeting. God Bless you all.

  4. Once again I have tears in my eyes as I read your blog. I am so happy for you. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Hi Blake! So glad you made it safe and sound! Hope you catch up on your sleep and enjoy your time with your parents. Your mother is so awesome. Her blogs are just amazing! Hello Bree!

  6. Welcome back Blake!! Glad you made it home. What a great picture of your students – I bet they will miss you. Enjoy your time stateside and best of luck on the job search!

  7. Wonderful to have him back I’m sure! It makes me think of my mom, who always got just this happy when we came home. Enjoy your time with him1

  8. Enjoyed the pictures & we know you have been waiting for this day. Enjoy your time with Blake. He truly has a servant’s heart as he serves Christ in China. We read with interest that he went to Berry College. So did our daughter Kelly as well as her husband Chad.They graduated in 2000.
    Appreciate your writing–so real, honest & fun–so sweet & caring. Thanks for sharing with us all.

    • Blake graduated from Berry in 1999 – he’s trying to place Kelly and Chad – both names sound very familiar to him. Blake’s last name is Lewis.

      • It’s Chad Mullins & Kelly Neal Mullins.
        Chad is from Chattanooga & he went all 4 years–Kelly transferred as a jr.They were both Marketing majors. I’ll mention to them today about Blake going to Berry as well. That’s very cool!
        We also have a daughter & son-in-law in Atlanta. You mentioned Blake is moving to Atlanta & so just to let you know— Thomas & Leslie are members of Peachtree Rd. United Methodist Church &Thomas is an Associate pastor there. It’s just always nice to have that connection when going to a new place

      • Blake doesn’t remember Chad and Kelly, but their majors were totally different, so that probably explains that. Blake will be living with his brother and sister-in-law in Atlanta (Jason & Blair Lewis, who were married at Peachtree Rd. United Methodist – such a small world) for a while until he finds a job. I wonder if Thomas knows of any openings in the Atlanta area (Blake has Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando).

  9. I will certainly pass on Blake’s name to Thomas & also the info about his Masters in Divinty Degree.
    His experience in China is certainly a valuable asset for him.
    That’s neat that Jason & Blair were married at Peachtree Rd. It is a gorgeous church. We were there last Sunday & it was a wonderful worship service. Atlanta Brassworks played along with the choir–so it was an awesome service.
    Again–I will pass Blake’s info along to Thomas. You never know–he might very well know of a job or hear of something.

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