Monday, January 19, 2009

Home Sweet Home

The kids are in bed and I am fading fast from jet-lag, but I will try to send a quick update. Thank you so much for praying for us. We could feel the prayers!

The girls are going through the usual transition. It's never easy but they are doing as well as can be expected. They are both terrified of their room. Kate slept in the same room as her foster parents, and Zoey slept with a room full of kids. Every time I carry them up there to get a diaper change or get them dressed, they both freak out and start screaming. I tell them 'no sleep' in Chinese but I don't think they believe me. ha The first week home is always the hardest part of the adoption, so each day should get better.

Jake is very jealous and Kate has taken a strong dislike to him. The first thing he did when he met her was take a toy away and she is holding a grudge. They did hug each other once today and smiled, so I think they will eventually be friends.

The other kids are doing well and having fun playing with their new sisters. Ryan and Taylor, who groaned at the thought of two more little tykes running around, have been holding them and working hard to gain acceptance. It blesses me so much to see them welcome their little sisters home. This afternoon at nap time, the girls were screaming and Taylor volunteered to lie down on the floor in their room until they fell asleep. sweet.

Photos from the trip home...

Baby and Kate sit on the luggage at the airport in Hong Kong

Baby checks out our plane before we board

Two happy, brand new American citizens! And Happy Birthday, Kate!

A sweet and thoughtful friend had this "Welcome Home" and "Happy Birthday, Kate" cake waiting for us at home.

Our friends not only babysat our kids, they made banners welcoming us home!

Chloe's kindergarten class also made signs to welcome the girls and their very own Baby home to the USA

Our eight youngest treasures - the older boys were at camp over the weekend


Gretchen said...

You are very blessed! Congratulations!

Norma said...

Welcome home........we are hooked so please keep up the blog!!! Am loving' your family.Rest up!