When our daughter came home after spending a few months in Europe earlier this year, we greeted her at the airport with my favorite airport hello of all time. (I love airport hellos. I’ve written about them here and here.) Even though social media kept us in touch with her while she was gone, I missed her a lot. Here are a couple of little things we did to welcome her home. First, we tied a yellow ribbon around our tree. (It was really a fabric scrap leftover from the prom dress she refashioned here.)

yellow ribbon around tree

Then we made a welcome home playlist on the jukebox. We included all the songs we could find that related to home, our girl, and America. Yes, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree was one of the songs.

welcome home playlist of 45 records


We listened to the playlist while having a family dinner with asparagus (her request), then went to Andy’s Frozen Custard for dessert. It’s been really fun to hear about her adventures abroad and see how her perspective on the world has changed. I think she’s already started planning her next adventure.

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