Monday, September 26, 2011

She's HOME!!!!

Our little Korean princess finally made it home with her momma and daddy last night. All week, we have skyped and it's been so fun to get to see her every day via the computer screen, but it made me want to get her in my arms even more each time I saw her. Then last night..... that moment came when I finally got to do THIS!!!!
I did let her big brothers see her first and I snapped a couple pictures of them. They were smitten with their baby sister as soon as they laid eyes on her.
They had waited so patiently for the plane to arrive and I know Mom and Dad had missed these boys so much all week.

Then Sonia and I got to have that sweet moment together where we just held each other with Daria squeezed between us, and cried. Tears that represented joy, loss, gain, and answered prayers. God is so good, and we were holding one of HIS miracles in our arms.
Then it was time to head down the escalator for lots of friends and family to welcome this sweet family HOME!!!

My sweet Lilly waiting patiently for them to come down.

Cousin Lexie getting some love from our new girl!

Is this precious or what? She went right to her Pawpaw (Sonia's dad) and put her head down on his shoulder :)
Grammy, mine and Sonia's sweet mother-in-law, also got lots of love and hugs!
How about this one?!!! Daria has an instant BFF.... our dear friends Jason and Liz brought their baby girl, Hannah, home from Korea earlier this year. These two girls looked so adorable together.

After a full 24 hours of traveling with little to no sleep, Sonia and Brandon were so happy to head home. Maggie and I went to their house because we were not tired!

At 12:30 this morning, we were feeding the princess yogurt and her favorite, Gerber Puffs. Opening new toys and riding her on a pink pony. Then Sonia let Aunt Polly dress her in her pjs, feed her a bottle, get her to sleep and put her down for the night. For all of you BTDT mommas, we are well aware that we broke several Attachment 101 rules last night. We are praying for favor :)

To those of you who have been praying for this sweet girl, thank you so much. Sonia and Brandon have seen the hand of God all over Daria's life and I can't wait for Sonia to share some of those stories on her blog. Please continue to pray for them and follow their journey at HOME!

On a different note, I have not been blogging as much lately for a couple of reasons. Mostly because I have not had the time. My plate is more full now than it has ever been and I have recently had to lay it all on the table and ask God to prune what needs to go. I considered letting the blog go altogether but God showed me that was not the best option. However, my time on the computer is very limited and therefore, I can't justify blogging unless I have extra time. I'm hoping that as my time management skills improve (I'm praying about that and accepting any ideas from homeschooling mommas of a bunch of kids with more on her plate than she can do in a day...... got suggestions? please send them my way :), I will find a few days a week to set aside for the purpose of blogging. I need to figure this one out because one of the things keeping me busy these days, will actually have me blogging more in the near future.

As many of you know, and I've made mention here on the blog in the past, my husband and I, along with our great friends, Jodie and Eric, have started a non-profit called Altar 84. We are currently working on the website and blog and we hope for it to launch in just a few weeks. I can hardly wait to share some of the things we will be doing! Be on the look out because we will need YOU to join us in our efforts!

Last of all, I haven't blogged as much lately about our adoption because on one hand there hasn't been much to tell. We are still slowly moving up the wait list. On
the other hand, there has been a lot going on in our hearts during this time of "waiting". Just when we thought we knew what God was asking of us in the form of adoption, He began doing a number on our hearts again. I would love to share some of those things with you but we don't have it all straight in our own heads yet. If you've journeyed through this season of waiting during an adoption before, you can probably relate. If you've been there, please pray for us. Please pray that we would see and hear clearly from the Lord. We don't have it all figured out yet (then again, do we ever?) but we are certainly trying. We just want to be fully obedient and that's what we are praying for. I'm sure there will be more for us to share about that soon. For now, we are praying and seeking HIS face!

Thank you Jesus for the many families who are making much of YOU by caring for orphans.


  1. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!!

    What a beautiful homecoming!

  2. Oh, I am just so thrilled for your whole family! Daria is HOME!!!! What a blessing!!! Praise God! She is adorable! And I love that ya'll "broke the rules" and got to love on your precious niece! :)

  3. Friend,
    I am so sad I didn't get to be there last night to welcome Daria home...thank you for sharing the pictures and the story so I could experience Daria's SONG just a little:)
    Praying for your full plate to have Grace and Wisdom at the never cease to inspire me. I love you!

  4. I just love seeing all that God is doing through your life and that of all of you family and look forward to the times I get to see you in the office...praying for you guys! Pam Cunningham Hallman

  5. Oh how beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing about Sonia! So happy for your big and bigger family!--
    I know exactly what you're talking about during the 'wait' -- it is the most precious time with the LORD when He has your full atention! I'd love to hear what He's doing in you!