The Firstborn series by Karen Kingsbury!!! Unfortunately, it's one book short :( but thanks, WV for carrying them all the way from the ship to the plane and into my car!
Note : Firstborn is the sequel to the Redemption series which has 5 books. Firstborn is followed by the Sunrise series which I have 2 copies only. It's a set of 5.
It was such a enriching experience to read Redemption...from the 1st book, Redemption to the final book of Reunion. These are books that touches the soul.