Monday, March 26, 2012

home home home

after another terrible three days in Hong Kong(will post about that adventure later) we traveled home with our adopted children. we woke up at 6 AM Sunday morning Hong Kong time and we were off to the airport by 7:30. our first flight left at 11:07 AM. the kids were AWESOME on the plane. it was about a 14 hour flight. we landed in Chicago at approximately 1:30 PM CST which was 2:30 AM Hong Kong time. then we waited in the airport for over 7 hours for our connecting flight. the kids couldn't understand what the wait was for and we did not have any internet access to translate. we drew alot of pictures to communicate. even though they didn't understand why we couldn't just go home, they were model children! a far cry from two weeks ago. 

our lives have become an endless game of Pictionary and charades. good thing we are game people.


we landed in Hartford at 11:38 PM EST. that means ALL of us we awake for 30 hours by the time we got our luggage. none of us slept on the plane or in the airport for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. and total we all had less than an hour sleep. the children were so well behaved and patient.


the only upset happened on descent into Hartford. i ruptured my right eardrum and Basha sobbed over her ears. we all have head colds. there were several people on the plane crying about their ears. ow!


first meeting
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 the children were settled into their beds by 2 AM. ah finally all four beds filled. we have been looking at empty beds for months now. bliss. we tumbled into bed by 4 AM. i woke up a couple hours later expecting to see a hotel room and to my great relief, i was in my own bed. so thankful. so blessed. so content.


this morning went well. children had breakfast, got dressed, and played happily. today we are spending the day fighting bureaucracy to try to secure health insurance for the adopted children. we have spent over 2 hours already! every department is giving us a different answer. argh...lol.

interesting combination-jetlag+government confusion.

if this is the biggest challenge of the day, i'd say we are ahead of the game.




THANK YOU MY GOD FOR HELPING US TO GET HOME SAFELY. YOU ARE AMAZING IN YOUR LOVE. WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BECOME A FAMILY OF SIX. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE LOVED AND ASSISTED US ALONG THIS JOURNEY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES YOU GAVE US TO BE WITNESS TO YOUR GREAT LOVE OF THE ORPHAN AND YOUR PLAN FOR OUR FAMILY IN THIS CALL. AMEN. 

8 comments:

  1. Welcome home and I'm so glad to hear that things are going well so far (well except
    for paperwork/government issues).

    Enjoy this time together!!

    All our love,
    Bev & Scott

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  2. Woohoo!! Welcome home! Love the picutes of your kiddos together.

    Much love,
    FnT

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  3. Welcome home! Hope your ears are feeling better today. Praying you get the healthcare worked out quickly. Praise God that the day is off to a good start!

    Love, Kathy

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  4. So great you are home! And I loved getting to see your family (re?)union! So exciting and beautiful!

    Love,
    Jon Z

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  5. This post and videos/pics were just amazing! We will be over 4:15'ish. Can't wait to see you all! Praise God for this fantastic family!

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  6. What a blessing to see you all today ('cept Mr. Sleepy ;))
    So glad you are home. Love love and more love, Sharin and Adam

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  7. Yay! So glad you made it home after what a crazy ordeal you went through. Yay! Yay! Yay! Loved watching your first meeting videos. Amazing! So glad to meet you on the plane ride. Thanks again! Kate

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