Second South African Surprise


Around this time last year, I showed up in
South Africa a few weeks early to surprise my mom.
(You might remember her best ever reaction here ;)
My dad and I planned it and it was the best!

Ever since having the baby, my parents have been
trying to get me to come visit one more time.
I told them there was no way I was coming back
down a third time all that way, but one day I
decided it would be worth it only if we could
surprise my dad — the king of surprise! He has
surprised all of us his entire life, and he is the
sweetest grandpa ever (even via FaceTime) so
I wanted him to meet my baby so badly! He is
serving as a mission president which is the only
reason in the world he hadn’t met her in person
yet. He had no option to come to us, so — we came
to him! He just didn’t know it beforehand :)

Their 3 years in South Africa is up this summer, but
Reagan would have been a year old and probably
walking and talking by the time she would have met him…
so it has been sweet that she could meet him now in this stage!

She may not remember it, but all of us will…and it will be
fun to show her pictures & videos and tell her she came
all the way to Africa to meet her Papa Bear. So sweet!

I landed last Monday in after a loooong 30+ hours of travel
from San Francisco –> Zurich –> Johannesburg (with a
major last-minute paperwork crisis for getting baby into
SA…but more on that and the flights + layover later).
We finally made it and my mom picked us up. We were
both unspeakably tired but we drove straight to the mission
offices and just decided to surprise him right then and
there before we really crashed from jet lag. We asked his
AP missionaries to pull him into a meeting to distract him,
and a few minutes later I knocked on the door holding
baby Reagan and walked in. His reaction was so sweet
and tender and something I’ll remember forever:
So glad we captured it to be able to show baby when she’s older!
She is lucky to have this guy as her Papa Bear. She already loves
him so much and smiles EVERY time she sees him which doesn’t
even happen for Chase or I ;) I can’t wait to share more from our
visit, but here are some pictures from the fun surprise! (Don’t mind
my severely jet lagged state…I barely slept a wink being with baby!)
sa-surprise Sweetest reaction. ^^ If you know my dad, you know there’s

nothing he loves more than his grandchildren..and it shows!
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dad-sa-surprise5Who has you?! ^^
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I can’t explain how happy it made my heart to see my dad
holding my baby girl…suddenly all was right in the world!
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sa-surprise3 img_8054 img_6658img_6654img_2718My cute mom was so happy to be reunited too of course… 
because even though she came for the birth, the last time
she saw Reagan she was only 2 weeks old! So different!
img_6651dad-sa-surprise4 dad-sa-surprise3dad-sa-surpriseThe best sight ^^
sa-surprise1Can’t believe we made it after alllll that travel! Worth it!
Lots more to come from this sweet time in South Africa
(if we ever catch up on sleep, that is ;)

xo


'Second South African Surprise' has 6 comments

  1. December 6, 2016 @ 10:18 am [email protected]

    this is SO SO precious! And I love that you always catch these amazing moments on film <3

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  2. December 6, 2016 @ 4:01 pm Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    So, so so sweet!!! I am so glad your dad got to meet sweet Reagan at this stage. We go on our long haul flight tomorrow and I am terrified about how the time change is going to affect Leighton.

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  3. December 6, 2016 @ 5:56 pm Hannah Lewis

    Holy cow I’m impressed. I mean nobody who reads your blog should really be surprised, you are an adventurer at heart, but whew this sounds like quite the crazy whirlwind. So happy for you and your parents! xx

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  4. December 9, 2016 @ 1:35 pm Jen

    This was the sweetest surprise! Your dads face was priceless!

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  5. December 14, 2016 @ 10:19 pm mara

    i already watched this on insta, but i watched it again here and it makes me teary! i totally know what you mean, having your dad hold your baby girl. it is perfection. i have a picture of my dad holding my first just after we got home from the hospital and it’s just a simple picture but i just love it. grandpas are something special :) so glad you survived those flights alone (ughhhhh!) to do this.

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  6. December 18, 2016 @ 12:17 pm mom

    This is so fun to see again. You really pulled it off perfectly. I hope reagan will always know how much we loved having her here.

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