Saturday, January 5, 2013

One Year Ago Today...Jael Came Home

One year ago today....our family was together at last.  One year ago today we stepped off a plane from China, weary, but happy.  One year ago today...

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January 5th, 2012

Seeing our city lights on landing…like a breath of fresh air…home. Our home can be made wherever God wills, but we could thankfully say we were home.

Already having passed through customs, we could head straight to baggage claim….where our family was waiting.

As we headed down the escalator, I saw a sight I had missed so greatly…two of my sons…my oldest blessing, and our sweet Max. Home…

As we hugged and rounded the corner…I saw my babies Rachel and Gabe, our precious Bekah, and (sigh here) my husband. His smile lit up as he laid eyes on his newest daughter. She smiled shyly. She knew it was her “ba ba” (daddy in Mandarin). He didn’t press holding her as she shrunk into me, but Jael was all smiles. I don’t doubt for a second that God had given her dreams of us.













The twins looked at me (in the WEE hours of the morning) and I think they thought they were hallucinating. There was no “ hug attacks”, but huge eyes…mommy was really home. By the time we gathered the luggage (the teens were awesome) they had warmed up and couldn’t take their eyes off their sister.

I sat in the middle seat, next to Jael and right in front of the twins…holding all their hands (yep, I grew a third one).

Everyone was tired, but everyone was content…and hungry.

After eating and finally making it home, I was ready to kiss the ground (after a shower that is). I think we were all about ready to football tackle each other for the first shower. Anna was so tired she was melting down. Not too tired to stay up for gift giving though. It’s amazing how happy a little one can be with a gift that cost a few dollars (smile…awesome!)

Jael settled in with the twins like she’s always been here. We call them the triplets now…seriously.
They play, argue, and roll around together like little panda bears. Jael can hold her own. She used everything around her to manipulate and do everything her siblings can…seriously cool.

She quickly warmed up to her dad as he swung her in his arms and got her giggling.

We are family…finally.

It is only a year ago, 19 days from now a year ago, that Sarah saw Jael’s picture (as we were praying for God’s guidance) and said, “That’s my sister.”

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Happy Family Day Jael!  We love you so much and are forever blessed to be your parents!

"Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord." Psalm 150:1-6



1 comment:

  1. Sigh.
    And what a year it's been! These pictures brought tears to my eyes!

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