All TOGETHER again.

My family is really really close. We always have been.

I am the oldest of 6 siblings and THE HARDEST part about living in Texas is being 1200 miles away from all of them.

It's okay, sometimes I still cry about it! ( even though I really do like Houston )

My 2 sweet brothers overlapped on 2 year LDS church missions.
It had been almost 4 years since we were all in the same room.

So naturally, you can imagine the excitement driving to the airport to pick my brother up just in time for the holiday season.

Ryan was just 4 months old when he left 2 years ago so we had to break him in a little :)
I have shown him lots of mission pictures over the last 2 years so I was hoping he would semi - recognize his uncle when he saw him.

Saw this ^^ on my mom's calendar and thought it was the cutest thing!

We cut the last link of the paper chain countdown my siblings had going and we headed to go pick him up!

I thought we made some pretty sweet signs for his arrival HA.

OHHH the anticipation...


THERE HE IS!!!!! ^^^

If we weren't already bawling our eyes out, watching my mom hug him killed us all!

The sweetest moment. EVER.

Having a boy of my own I can't imagine the feeling of a mother's hug after two years.
We can wait awhile before I have to experience that ;) ha ( STAY LITTLE FOREVER CHILD )


The best family hug in a really really long time.

Gosh, I love them with all my heart!

HEADED to the car to GO HOME!!! ^^

Best day. Favorite people.
Just missing my sweet husband who flew in a few days later because of work :)

It has been heaven the last couple weeks being ALL TOGETHER AGAIN.

Karina Marie Powell


  1. Oh gosh I got all teary just imagining what your Mama must have been feeling to have all of her babies together again, oh how I wish to have a big family one day! Wishing you a happy 2015 xx

  2. Oh gosh I just love the closeness of your family!! Absolutely so sweet!!

  3. So awesome!! :) This post totally made me smile. And this is random, but I think your sister Lauren looks so much like Bethany Mota. Google her!

  4. What a sweet, sweet reunion!! I cannot imagine going 2 years without seeing a sibling, child, etc Definitely a precious moment!

  5. Just crying a bit here haha....reminded me when my little brother came home as well :)

  6. Made me tear up! My little sister is coming home in less then a month from her mission! Since I cried reading this I can only imagine what's going to happen the day of! What a great christmas present for you guys!

  7. Oh totally bawling!... I can't imagine what it feels like to have them gone for 2 years.. Ethan is7,, and had slept over at his grandmas once.. Heaven help me when its mission time!
    I forget you have a little sister other than Lauren, she's a sweetie... Blog about growing up in your family, were your parents strict? have such a great family bond, I Louvre to hear how families, quirk!

  8. Oh I totally teared up at this! So much happiness! I'm so happy he made it home just in time for your whole family to be together for Christmas and New Years!!