Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homecoming Queen

We arrived to about 50 people waiting for us.  It was wonderful!  We had a professional photographer (and dear family friend) come to take pictures.  I wanted to enjoy the people and family and not have to worry about remembering to take pictures.  She also came back to the house, trying to capture pictures of the children meeting Alice for the first time.  Alice was so impressed with it all, she fell sound asleep and slept the rest of the evening until 4 am.  Here are a few of what she captured at the airport.
All of our Houston family in the elevator...they all fit!

Our awaiting public...look at all those signs!
When we got out of immigration, our children ran up and met us.  They were so excited to see us, they gave us all their posters and took Alice from me.  I didn't see her again until we left the airport!

Meeting Grandma for the first time...see Charlotte's hand?  She followed Alice every where.  Charlotte is in almost every picture...at least part of her!

Alice was exhausted.  She just let everyone hold her and kiss on her.  Never made a sound.  And she was passed around and around and around.  Bless her heart.  Everyone had prayed so hard for her and helped us through the whole process.  It was like she belonged to all of us.

My father-in-law gathered us all together for a time a prayer and praise.

We have had such a wonderful time since being home.  Alice has really enjoyed all the attention she's gotten with 3 older sisters and 2 older brothers.  Erin and I have to schedule time to hold her! 

I took her to our pediatrician on Thursday (the day after we came home.)  The doctor asked for her medical history.  Um, she had heart surgery....yeah, that's all I know.  She ordered a ton of tests...blood, urine, and a stool sample (still haven't figured out how to get that one!)  Alice also has a good sized hernia.  We meet with the pediatric surgeon on Thursday morning.  And the pediatric cardiologist  in March.  And physical therapy sometime in there.  

She sleeps great.  She fusses sometimes, but not very much.  Some of that is due to the orphanage.  She learned that no one would answer her cries...so why bother?  We are training her that we will be there for her.

I can't believe we've had her for 2 weeks now!  She's starting to fill out, praise the Lord!  Where her stomach used to fall in, it now is wonderfully round.  Her hair is growing and shining.  Her face is starting to fill out and she smiles now when we reach for her.  She's such a delight to us all!

It's amazing to me what love and care can do for a child.  2 weeks.  I can't wait to see how much she'll blossom and grow from here.  

I love to be able to tell strangers what the Lord has allowed us to here.  I haven't taken her out much.  But, when I do, I tell everyone that stands still long enough to hear Alice's tale.  It is such a beautiful story.  It is our story, the story of our redemption. 


  1. I LOVE THIS!!!! I can't believe that after reading all of these blog entries over the past many months that she's finally HOME!! Praise the LORD!!!!!!!!!! -- Christina Haarhoff

  2. Thanks for sharing these!
    What sweet blessings from the Lord :)

  3. Oh this is all SO beautiful!! I wish I could have been there to witness the homecoming at the airport - priceless!!

  4. We look forward to meeting your sweetie pie very soon. We are so grateful that you are all home. KUP on her appointments and we will be praying for her and the drs' wisdom as they treat her.

  5. What a blessing for you to see so many loving faces at your homecoming!
    My favorite photo is all of you praying right there in the airport. What a great testimony of your love and devotion for the Lord.

  6. I just found your blog today and have read through several of your posts--through tearful eyes! The story of your family and precious Alice is such an inspiration. I hope to one day welcome a special needs child into our home (God still has some work to do on my husband, but we'll get there one day). Thanks for sharing your story with us.


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