The kids thought Eric was coming home tomorrow (Saturday)- so when Eric called to say that he and Kent were able to get home Friday night, I didn’t tell the kids otherwise. But we made banners in preparation, and I managed to make an apple pie and get it in the oven before we left for the train station.
They thought we were going to pick up Uncle Kent and “another guy who had been helping up at the earthquake.” There was SUCH joy at the train station when they saw with their own eyes that the other man was Daddy! Such awesome squeals.
It’s great to have him home. We have a video clip from the train station – watching Ian run to his daddy is worth the watch, I think (I’m biased of course).
The last few minutes Eric has been talking to Peter on the phone. Peter is staying up until Sunday to make a good transition to the next team coming in. But there was an unfortunate incident today that he is handling – when Peter first called Eric about it, Eric hoped it was an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not. A relief team brought back to the one campsite a dog that they found in the city where they were working. The church staff agreed to let the dog stay for a few days, even providing dog food. But today that camp director (our friend Hi-chan’s husband) got bit when the dog escaped and had to go to the hospital. Pray for Peter especially as he finishes his time and needs to handle a lot of different teams coming and going with varied expectations and preparation. Tomorrow is a big day for many of the agencies as Franklin Graham is planning a visit to the area.
Eric will write soon about some of his experiences. I hope we can get a good night sleep. Ian has been having bad coughing fits during the night. Tomorrow we have a soccer parent’s orientation for weekend soccer that Owen is starting.
Just a few minutes ago, we sat and watched a video clip of the mayor of Minami Souma, an area about 20-30 kms. away from the Fukushima nuclear plant, making an appeal for volunteers to come in and help his city. Because of the fear of radiation, they are not receiving help. (Here is the link- it is a bit lengthy but does have english subtitles: