Sunday, April 1, 2012

We are Home!

Blowing bubbles at the Guest House just after our
Embassy Appointment
We are home and everyone is doing wonderful!  Elliana is adjusting well and Faith LOVES having a playmate.  We will see how long that will last ;)  Ellie is still pretty much on my lap for the most part and wants to be held ALL of the time, but she does get down and explore and play sometimes.  She's only been home for 24 hours and we are getting smiles, giggles and some words.  I wish I knew more Amharic because I have no idea what she is trying to tell me.  She is warming up to daddy a bit more, as he was able to hold her today and read books, etc. to her (which was a great relief to my sore arms!!).  She grabbed my cheeks tonight and gave me a huge kiss on my lips!  Precious.  Faith and Ellie are almost the same size!  Faith calls her "Nemme" -- since we are using her Geneme name for right now (along with Ellie).  Last night they held hands and when Faith woke up this morning she crawled right to Nemme and gave her a hug (Yes, we had both babies in bed with us last night).  She still hasn't allowed the boys to hold her yet, but hopefully soon!  

I have so many stories and things I want to share, but do not have many moments yet, that my laps and arms are not full of babies.  So, for now, I'll give you a few sneak peaks at our last 24 hours.

Thank you SO much to all of our friends and family who came out to the airport to welcome us home!  That is truly something we will never forget! 

(PS -- she did awesome on the plane ride home -- and it was a full flight with about 30 babies coming home!)  

First stroller ride today!   Happy girl

Two Happy Girls!  


  1. Ok, that picture of the 2 girls together is just precious!! I'm so glad to see her smile! And I see you did her hair!!! Can't wait to see her again! ((Hugs!))

  2. I love seeing that double stroller full! I am SO glad you are all home together. We fly out Wednesday and I can't wait to do this same post in a little over a week!

  3. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I am so happy to see that big beautiful smile on Ellie's face! What an amazing journey you have had! I can't wait to meet her either. Dani H

  4. Your family looks beautiful, it's so exciting to see you all together! So wonderful to hear about your girls, how precious :) I'm sure Faith will play an important role with Ellie feeling at home.

  5. I can't stop smiling!!! I absolutely never grow tired of reading adoption journeys...the coming home posts are always the best:). We'll be praying for you as you adjust. I know it sounds crazy, but enjoy every minute of it...the ups, the downs, the craziness, the sleepless nights. It's a beautiful (sometimes painful) work of God bringing into reality the family that's been in your hearts for so long!

  6. This makes me so, so happy! I've been dying to hear more about the trip! I absolutely love that first picture of Elliana at the guest house.

    How wonderful to see those two little cuties together in the stroller. Too precious!

  7. It was so fun to see these photos - they made my cry with joy. Praying for this transition time, you looked amazing after that long flight!!! Wow, I'm impressed. I'm sure it's exhausting holding both your girls, but a wonderful exhaustion after the long wait. Let us know more as soon as you have time!

  8. She is so beautiful!! Glad you are home and doing well. God bless all of you! Richelle

  9. Elliana's face already looks so lifted since your time in Ethiopia! She really is a beautiful child and makes your family complete.

    The welcome party looks great. It'll be so neat to share these photos and stories with the kids when they're older and understand a bit more. Harold loves to hear about how we brought him home.

    God has blessed us all!