Two happy events took/take place today.
On a minor note... my WASHING MACHINE IS FIXED!!! Finally! It ended up being a safety pin that got lodged into the pump. It blow my control panel out and that was all we thought it was, but after the repairman replaced the panel it still didn't work. He called Whirlpool and they suggested cleaning out the pump and there he found that little sticker safety pin! I'm not sure how it managed to get there, but I'm glad it's fixed now.
On a major note... my wonderful brother-in-law will be landing in America on this happy Veteran's day after serving in Afghanistan for the last year. We've missed him dearly and are so glad to have him home safe and sound for the holidays! We love you and are so proud of you Alex!!! WELCOME HOME!!!