It's been a good trip for her, reconnecting with family and we have all been in contact most evenings and mornings thanks to the internet (sure beats sending letters like we used to).
In the mean time, I've played "Mr Mum" to my 4 girls.
I found out I'm very good at playing the female role -
went to work, got home cleaned, cooked, cleaned again, prepared school lunches. Next day same again, maybe grocery shop, maybe mow lawns, maybe have family outing.
I tried to dress appropriately :)