Monday, August 16, 2010

We're Home!

Our family of seven together for the first time!
We arrived home on Saturday with lots of people waiting to welcome us! It was so great to see all the familiar faces and know how many people were praying for us and excited to see us. Rachel (Sifan) was giggling out loud when she saw how many people were there to welcome her home. It was good for her to see how many people already loved her!

We had a wonderful, emotion filled week and I can't wait to tell you about it. Brent and I both went to Texas A&M University for college. It is a school very rich in tradition. There is a saying there that describes this rich tradition. It says, "From the outside looking in, you cannot understand it. From the inside looking out, you cannot explain it." We felt like that was a great way to describe this past week. For those of you who have gone before, you understand what we feel and "get" why we feel it. For everyone else, I am going to do my best to convey all of our experiences of this last week. Trust me, I never understood this feeling either! Watch for more posts coming:-)

Things at home on the first day went VERY well. I hope to let you all know more as the week progresses. To begin with, there are SO many things that we take for granted here in America. You learn that even more as you watch your children experience so many things for the first, escalators, elevators. automatic flushing toilets, garage door openers, hair dryers, air conditioning in the car, water and ice dispenser on the refrigerator, ice cream cones...the list goes on and on. What a joy it is to adopt older children. We first felt upset that we had missed out on so much of their early childhood, but these new experiences are definitely helping to make up for this lost time. I hope that as you share in our life, you will be moved to also trust God and take a step of faith and experience life like you never knew you could! We are so blessed and feel so privileged that God has chosen us to walk this journey with Him.
The three sisters sitting together on the floor.
Hayley kissing her new sister on the cheek.

Jordan sporting his new sunglasses he got as a gift at the airport.

Thanks to all of you who came out to welcome us and for bringing the welcome home gifts for us. I am not sure who gave what, but we really appreciated it all! We are so blessed to have so many loving and supporting us right now. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!


  1. God has blessed your family with Rachel and Jordan. It will never be the same and we are so excited to be walking this journey with you! Can't wait to give you a hug and meet the children!

  2. Welcome Home.
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  3. We wish we could have been there Saturday night! Can't wait to meet them. I'm so grateful God put you in our lives at JUST the right time. Looking forward to our own homecoming celebration.

  4. It was so great to see your family complete!! How beautiful it is to watch God's hand in all of this. I'm glad to hear you are all doing well. Can't wait to hear more about your trip. I get it!

  5. Can we come and bring dinner and meet the kids?? I soooo wanted to be there Saturday but I had a family of 10 staying with us and I couldt' get can we come visit now?? cant' wait, kristi