All flights were on-time or even early.  The only delay happened when they were on the shuttle from the airport, just an hour from home.  The bus broke down.

After an extra hour or so delay, they were home safe and sound.  A sleepy Kiffanie was lifted out of the vehicle, to greet her new family.

Sleepy Kiffanie with Mommy and Daddy

Sleepy Kiffanie with Mommy and Daddy

Greeting Big Sister

Greeting Big Sister

With Siblings

With Siblings

We thought a bath might feel good, but had no idea the magic therein!  I didn’t take bath pictures, but the moment Ken and I put her in the water, she was delighted.  Giggling, splashing, and having a blast!  Running water is a novelty.  Although they bathe twice daily at the orphanage, a warm bath is a new treat!

Here she and her siblings are dressed for bed, but far too wound for bedtime yet!  We found ourselves checking Google-Translate for phrases like, “Don’t throw.”   Inside rules will be a teaching opportinity, as matchbox cars really shouldn’t be air-born.  It was all joyous though, and I think she’ll learn the ropes fairly quickly.

Ready for Bed?

Ready for Bed?

In the ensuing playtime she had spontaneous hugs for mommy and sisters, hugs for brothers, and lots of wild giggles.

We ate dinner and I snuggled her into bed.  She let me lie beside her as she dozed off in the futon at the foot of our bed.

This morning we woke to a dusting of snow!  No outdoor play for the moment, as I think Kiffanie would freeze.  I thought I’d play some duck-duck goose with her and the other children while Keegan did the breakfast dishes.  Little did I know that four children and mommy playing a game wouldn’t compete with a brother washing dishes!  Once again, the delights of running water beckoned.  Soon she was helping Keegan with the dishes.

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Washing Dishes

Ken has many photos from the trip I’ll be sharing as we get time, but for now, I’m off to enjoy!


16 thoughts on “Homecoming!

  1. thank you so much for sharing these exciting moments! You all look soooooooo happy!
    It will be wonderful for her to go over these moments when she is a young adult!

    She really has a hair do for big important events!

  2. LOVE these, Dell!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! 🙂 It has been such a joy to watch God’s providence and tender mercies at work throughout the entire process. She looks sooo content and happy. What a blessed family!!

  3. Congratulations!
    (I’m just a random person you don’t know, but I enjoy reading your blog from time to time, and I was praying everything would go smoothly)

  4. Congratulations…..the photo’s are wonderful…such excitement abounds…praying for all of you as you start a new season and adventure….
    blessings to you all
    shelley p
    from over the pond

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