Sunday, May 16, 2010

Our Homecoming

We went to church today.  We were shooting for morning and afternoon service.  We both heard about 6% of the morning sermon. Sigh...They are making lots of progress in crowds though! However, because they missed their morning naps, we couldn't quite catch up and they had one of the fussier afternoons/evenings that we have had in awhile.  Last week, Adia had a few days when she stranged from me a little.  I thought that was endearing, but difficult with two babies. I praised the Lord for the attachment.  Jada has hit stranging with a vengeance. It isn't enough to be in the same room as me, she needs held and intense eye contact.  I hope she can sleep this off! 

Our Arrival
Finally, I am posting about our arrival to Ft. Wayne!  We landed on April 24th and were met by family.  It was 3:00 am Ethiopia time when we landed and we had missed a night of sleep somewhere over the ocean with two fussy babies...

Our friend, Whitney, took pictures for us and she is in a HS Photoshop class, so we were the beneficiaries of her editing!   Our cousin, Tiff, took video of the whole event. 

Preparing for our arrival...

Dad G. with his grandkids and Jada and Adia's cousins

We heard cheering before we could even see anyone.  Jada was awake (in Jon's carrier in the gray) but Adia was dead asleep.  They were greeted with much love and many camera flashes!
Walking through the doors to see a very welcome sight, family waiting to meet us and our babies!

My sister, Kristen, or "Aunt Kris" as you may know her, came to spend the night with us because we were EXHAUSTED. 

We got home about 9:00pm IN time and started to unload.  Our neighbor appeared out of the dark and helped us unload, not saying a word.  We thanked him and he just quietly unloaded.  When everything was in the house, I witnessed a beautiful moment, I bent to take Jada out of her carseat and heard our normally "tough guy" neighbor rustling with the other carseat buckles. I look over as he gently lifted Adia out of the carseat, gazing at her and he kept saying, "Welcome to your life baby, welcome to your life". 

10 comments:

J Gutwein said...

Tears from the last paragraph :). Love, J

Minders said...

Agree with Jen - Wow, that last paragraph got me. :) There are not even words for this post - I just love it.

Sandra said...

another beautiful post. I told nick that it never fails...Im always crying when I read your posts!! THANK YOU for sharing!!

Nathan and Rachel said...

Great pictures, Amy! Thanks!

ps are you going to share any video? just curious:)

Joy said...

Amazing! That will be a day you remember always!

teresa said...

"welcome to your new life baby, welcome to your new life." lots of love for you and your sweet babies. (more tears =)

emilykate said...

Whit did a great job photographing the homecoming! Such an amazing time! That's so sweet about your neighbor..

Margo said...

Great pictures. The story about your neighbor is so sweet!

Jennifer M said...

Your neighbor's comment brought tears to my eyes!

Love all photos. What a wonderful homecoming.

Justin & Sarah said...

Tears... "Welcome to your life babies...welcome to your life"