Marina, Jason and their son, Mark, were such great hosts. We had a very nice time visiting with them. Marina didn't know that Joanna was coming, it was a nice surprise. Their home is so warm and inviting. This was the first time Pat and I met Jason and Mark. It was so nice to get to know them.
On Thursday morning we got up early and Marina, Joanna, Pat and I took Robbie to Richmond. We were so surprised at how small the airport is - it is an international airport so we expected something the size of Detroit. But we walked in and Robbie went right to the counter to check in - no waiting.
Then after we had breakfast we watched as Robbie went through checkin. It was very hard to watch him go. Marina had packed him a huge amount of food. A big sandwich, homemade hand held apple pies and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
We went back to Marina's and spent the night. She made the best shrimp boil - I know I will be making that here for our friends. It was delicious.
On Friday we left to come home. It was a whirlwind trip - but one so filled with love and laughter and stories and good times and good food.
Robbie had a delay in Chicago, missed his flight, because of that delay, in Tokyo and then finally texted his Mom to say he made it to Okinawa. Already miss that guy.