Friday, August 6, 2010

HOME at last! :)

Everybody arrived safely at last, although they missed their Chicago connection and had to catch a later flight, arriving waaayyyyyy past everyone's bedtime at 11:00pm. We had an amazing welcoming crowd, even so late at night. Thank you all. We kept the kids up and woke Ava  from her sleep but she was quite a trooper about it. The kids did so well on the flight. John was so thankful for the help of Liesel and Heather on the flights. There were a couple of potty accidents but other than that the kids were joyful and delightful and obedient, for the most part (or so I was told).

The kids were all so happy to meet each other. Simeon said it would have been the best birthday present ever, if it would have been his birthday. :) How sweet. Jude's dream has come true. Hope has a new best friend. Ava is totally indifferent. :) Liesel is glad to be home and I'm glad to have her. Joseph cried a little at bedtime, I'm sure he is totally confused. Only Papa could console him. Zoya sang herself to sleep and grinned very big when I kissed her goodnight. I think she is happy to have a mama.

So many stories to tell, but they will have to wait. For now here are a couple of photos. Good night.


29 comments:

Arizona mom to eight said...

Welcome home, I cannot wait to follow along as your newest children adjust and grow.

daniel said...

Oh, I LOVE bedtime photos! Precious, precious! Love and Hugs-Melissa Duvall and fam

Anonymous said...

HOORAY!!!!

Jan

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

I have that same Boyd's rabbit Zoya is sleeping with :) What a miracle to see them both in their beds in Oklahoma...no more orphans here!

Molly said...

Crying.my.eyes.out!

Praise the Lord. There is nothing more incredible than seeing them in their beds and hearing tales of the love of siblings and family. Love you sweet friend.

Simply cannot tell you how thrilled I am for all 9 of you! (and a wee bit jealous!)

Anonymous said...

Congrats. So happy for you all. Your family is amazing. Can't wait to hear the rest of the stories.

Kate Goshorn

Deb D. said...

AAaaahhh. Journey of many prayers and much effort completed. All can rest from the months of uncertainty, waiting, and "battling" for the best life for these precious, blessed children. Accomplished. Their peaceful little bodies tucked in (and Zoya with her fingers in her mouth) say it all. Rest. You are home. So, so, so many celebrate with your whole family, Charissa. The fun begins!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Joseph & Zoya!

Samantha in England

Larsen Family said...

Absolutely precious!!!

Lisa (DanielsMommy) said...

Welcome home and sweet dreams....you are home with your family in your own beds!! Of course I'm crying cause that what I do :).

Shelly said...

That gave be chills! How sweet to see them finally at home sleeping. My prayers will change from them coming home now to a smooth transition. God bless you Charissa and John you are both truely amazing!!! :)

Cammie Heflin said...

So excited for you guys!!!

Julie said...

How precious to see them finally home.

Amy L said...

OMG, I'm in tears! They are beautiful!!!!
Welcome HOME Joseph and Zoya!

Anonymous said...

I live in Texas and have a 3 year old son with DS. I have been following your blog and think you are a wonderful family. All of your children are to lucky to have you as parents. God Bless you!!

DeeDee

Matt, Sara, Parker, Lleyton, and Addis Ritzmann said...

Fantastic! Congratulations. We have really enjoyed following along throughout this process.

Jo's Corner said...

I'm crying, too! Such a Blessing to see them in their beds...finally! I just Love ALL of the Urban Family! Sending a BIG Hug to ALL! Jo

debi said...

And they all said "Amen".

Michelle said...

Brought tears to my eyes as well. Congratulations and welcome home. I am looking forward to seeing these kids grow.

Anonymous said...

As tired as you all were I'll bet you slept with one eye open the first night. What precious photos. It was a lot of anticipation, a lot of work, but your love has exceed all of it. I'm so happy for you and also for Zoya and Joseph. They are going to love their new family.
Love to you all,
Aunt Sharon

Tami said...

Just precious!

Adeye said...

REJOICING that these little hearts have found a home!!!!! So amazing.

Justine said...

Precious pictures! Thanks so much for updating those of us who have been following every move!

Maria and Family said...

Be still my heart. I am choked up seeing these beautiful babies all safe in their new beds with their tiny fingers in their mouths for comfort :)

thedickinsonfamily said...

Welcome Home Urban Family, Welcome Home! So excited for each of you. This has been an amazing journey. So glad the Lord chose YOU to be their Forever Family. They are both snug in their beds were they belong. Love you guys!
Blessings,
Meghan

Bethany said...

Congratulations! So happy you have your precious babies home. Here's to a smooth easy transition. They are darling.

Betsy said...

Oh C. this makes me cry~
toooo sweeeet ~
thank you Lord for Joseph and Zoya and for this special family who loves them~

Amy...who wanted 4. said...

I felt like crying seeing them asleep in their beds. The happiest ending EVER for them!! Sooo happy for your sweet family Charissa!

Angela said...

Oh my goodness. I am overcome with tears of joy after reading your post and viewing the pictures. I'm just so absolutely happy those beautiful kids have an amazing family to love them and tuck them in at night. Thank you!!!!!