The surprise of my life..


It was early morning.  I had just woken up and lazily lying on my mattress on the floor (I like it there). I yawned and stretched.  There was a knock on the door and Krys poked her head in the door and said very concerned, “  You have a patient downstairs that is really upset and she needs to talk with you right now…”

            “Oh dear… is it Phoebe?” (the young mom with the tiny baby ‘Peanut” )  I have been concerned about them.

            “Yes, I think that’s who it might be…” 

            Lots of questions ran through my mind all at once…So I jumped up in bed, really worried.  Is the baby sick?  Why can’t Krys handle it, she speaks much better Cubano than I do…  Maybe Phoebe is in trouble.  Why does she want only me?  None of it made sense.

            Getting to sleep at 1:30 am last night, because of a birth, I was really rummy and not thinking very well.  I wriggled into a already worn dress, put my hair into a alligator clip, deciding to put it up while I talked with Phoebe.  I grabbed my bag of tools, my computer (to check if Tom had sent an e-mail and my back pack.)  I raced down the stairs, out the door and over to the clinic.  Walking through the clinic door, the curtains were closed around the nearest cubicle.  (Not a big deal, since in the AM interns that are not working are sleeping.)  I walked around the corner, and looked at one of the students who had a camera pointed at me.  I stopped in confusion.  What?  Everyone was silent. (This seems all slow motion to me)  I looked to the left, onto the bed expecting to find Phoebe….. and there was Tom sitting with his feet up on the bed, smiling from ear to ear.

            My mouth hung open for a very long time.  I was shocked.  I couldn’t speak.  I just stood there staring.  It was as if time stood still.  My mind was in a fuzzy state anyway.  Then my legs somehow managed to start moving again… to the other side of the bed.  I was in his arms……  I was shaking like a leaf….  He kissed me soundly and we hugged again and again.  I was still in disbelief…… Here are pictures of all of this   I look incredibly silly with my mouth hanging open, my hair in the alligator clip and dressed a wrinkled old dress!

            I was totally useless for about 1 hour.  I couldn’t think where my key was to get into the house.  I was going up to change my clothes and put my hair into some kind of order….  When I couldn’t get into the house, I turned around and went back into the clinic kitchen, where Tom was waiting and I decided to do my hair there.  I got my hair up into my bun and then spent 5 minutes rummaging around in my back pack looking for my hair pins. (all ready in).  I must have seemed to Tom like I now had ½ a brain.  All I could do was stare at him and mumble glib answers to his questions.

            It is now 24 hours since we have been together and after a good night’s sleep, I am doing better.  Mentally adjusting to having him here, instead of all of my dreaming about how I would look getting off the plane, what I would say when I returned, all went out the window.  The Lord knew all of this was going to happen, and so did Tom, my family, my church family and even Matt and Krys here.  They did a fantastic job keeping clam about Tom coming to get me.  I have truly NEVER been so surprised in all of my life… 

            So, now it is Wednesday morning.  We had breakfast in the Insular Waterfront hotel where we spent the night, and are heading off to Paradise Island for our last night here.  This is the same place, where I cried tears of longing, just not even a week ago, for  wanting to share this beautiful place with Tom.  I cannot believe how good God is to me… This is truly an incredible conclusion to this midwife drama… called the Birth of a Midwife….  Thank you everyone who worked hard to make Tom’s coming possible.

            We leave tomorrow evening to start our journey home.  Flying out of Davao and to Manila at 9:45 at night.  We sleep in Manila and then fly out toward Japan at 8:15 am.  We then fly from Japan to Portland, then Portland to home… I am so very glad Tom is here to do all the thinking about timing and all.  I am really not too bright right now.

            So, we will be home the afternoon of the 14th.  I cannot wait now to hug my children.

Tom Waiting


Tom Waiting behind the closed curtain….





Sherry in total, absolute shock!


Sherry meets Tom


In his arms at last!!!







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