We drove back to Ankara, enjoying the 8 hour drive. There are plenty of shepherds and flocks to see, plenty of things to talk about, and one McDonald's on the way home to break up the trip. Our last day together in Turkey, we took them to find some gifts to take back. We also went to a pazaar (market) for fun. That night, we turned on a movie, left all 11 kids home alone, and had a nice dinner out. Where else to take them, but Hacibaba's? We had them spell the Fish family name on our bread with the sesame seeds.
And then, the goodbyes. We all got up at 2AM to say goodbye. Lots of hugs, a few tears, well-wishes for a safe trip home. The next day was hard. There were lots of reminders that they were gone. I am so very thankful we got to have this Christmas here together. Thanks for reading my posts about it. Grandma brought us poptarts. Big Ben ate one the very next morning!