Sunday, November 30, 2008


We arrived at our house in America last Monday at midnight. We were tired. We were hungry. We were too excited to sleep or eat though. My mom opened our pantry and started telling me what she had purchased and what "my friends" had brought over. I had no idea what she was talking about. What friends? Who brought stuff to our house? She said that my friend t called her and brought a bunch of basics over so that I wouldn't have to run to Walmart the day after I arrived. Aw...thanks t! There were also cards from several friends sitting on my kitchen counter when I arrived. Evidently they took up a collection to help us get through these first few days. So sweet and welcoming! I needed that!

Here is a picture of my pantry. You can't see them, but there is a package of Reese's peanut butter cups in there. t knows me well! There was also a 72 roll package of toilet paper and some Tide laundry detergent as well as other cleaning supplies spread throughout the house. Wait...the toilet paper wasn't spread throughout the house. It was in my bathroom all nice and neat and still in it's package. Thank goodness they didn't spread that throughout the house. Coming home to a house wrapped in toilet paper wouldn't have been so sweet and welcoming!

AG posing with the large box of saltines we found in our pantry. We love these and have missed them so. The enormity of this box made us laugh!

We spent a few days registering the kids for school, getting a few things we needed from various stores, and having Thanksgiving with my family.

Then it was Black Friday. Despite the fact that I needed several things I had no desire to participate in the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. We were going out to my parents' for burgers in the afternoon so we thought we would swing by the at&t wireless store on the way. I had been using my mom's phone since we don't have service at our house, and I thought she might appreciate getting it back. I walked into the at&t wireless store as a nice gentleman was walking out. He informed me that I wasn't too late...they still had iphones. I wasn't interested in an iphone, but I appreciated his concern for my cell phone needs.

I ended up buying two of these...one for me and one for Brian.

And I got all of this for free with my phone purchase. Um...hello. Buy a phone and get another phone, a bluetooth, a carrying case, and a car charger for free? Wow! Now Erica and Will have phones too. We had planned on getting Erica a phone since she is in high school, but Will wasn't going to get one yet. He got lucky! We got a family plan with unlimited texting so hopefully the kids won't use up all our minutes!

Then on Saturday my friend, Amy, called and wanted to give me this.

With this inside it. Now I just have to sign up for some sort of cable, and I will be good to go!

I seriously feel so blessed to have had such a good week of transition back to the states. People have been so wonderful to us. Thanks guys!


C.J. Koster said...

I have a mutual love of Saltines. Recently, on a trip to Korean Costco (which is still called Costco, it's just in Korea), Jinah and I found the EXACT SAME enormous box of Saltines and I had to have it. FOR $5! I was ecstatic for days. Still am.

LiteralDan said...

Not that I'm surprised people love you guys that much, but dang that's got to make you feel good.

Good luck continuing your transition to America: The Land of Oversized Cracker Boxes.

Anonymous said...

I love to read feelgood stories like this one! I'm glad that you have such wonderful family and friends to help you transition after such a big move!

Anonymous said...

Cell phones and saltines! That's the essence of the USA right there! Glad you're having such a positive experience! Nothing like family & friends to help smooth the way for you.

Enjoy the pb cups!


Anonymous said...

My daughter loves saltines too. We would bring a few months supply in our suitcase. And now being back here we always have a few boxes in our pantry. We've never seen the gigantic box before. Welcome back!!!

Anonymous said...

wow, what a great homecoming!

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the stuff! All I have to say.

~supersmartkooger aka t's daughter

Domestic Goddess said...

Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about your new life back in the US.

Kayseri Protestan Kilisesi said...

the 72 rolls of TP should last you guys a good week! glad you got back safely. happy adjusting.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a true friend who will go out and stock your pantry with essentials. Yay for you!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you guys got back safely...just got updated now.
Best of luck for a relatively easy transition!

Natalie said...

cj - i know...saltines make me happy. so crisp and light. perfection. and when you can buy them in bulk for pennies that makes them even better!

literaldan - i know...it shocked me for sure! i had no idea that they would do something like that! amazing really.

wws - thanks! it has been great. so great.

mamadallama - i know. the pb cups are wonderful!

julie - i need to call you! we have been crazy busy so far. brian is here now and the kids are in school so things are settling down finally!

memarie lane - i know. it almost made me cry!

supersmartkooger - you always know what to say! seriously.

domestic goddess - thanks! i look forward to life here.

abby - i know. we love our tp for sure! thanks.

citizen of the world - i know. it was so sweet!

~m - thanks! it's been fun.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

So glad you're getting settled in well. And how nice of your friend to stock the house up for you - such a blessing!!

Natalie said...

sarah - thanks! i know...it was a great surprise!

Andrea said...

A-real-(sniff) pantry! I am jealous, indeed@! I miss closets like you would not believe....

You have great friends and family-that is fabulous!

I would have gone for the iphone personally, but that is non-economical me ;).

Welcome back!

Natalie said...

andrea - i know! i had a cabinet in turkey so i feel a little spoiled! i'm sure at some point i will decide that the pantry is too small and wish for a bigger one. isn't that what we do in america? always wanting bigger and better things!