My Favorite Post: Earth is Home

September 20, 2016

  Just in time for Earth's first birthday, I wanted to re-share his homecoming post.  While the Thoughts on Traveling with a Two Year Old post is still the most popular one here, and I've loved sharing our travels with you (in Thailand and Singapore/Malaysia), this one is my favorite.  I think it best captures all the anxiety and stress that can surround an adoption and the joy of homecoming.  It also shows how much love our island home expressed to our family on our special day.

----------------------------------------------From  October 2015 --------------------------------------------------

I spent the last three days just waiting for this day to come.  I kept thinking that Entry/Exit would find a problem with their paperwork or that Elizabeth would change her mind but in the end, nothing went wrong.  A friend came over to Ebeye with me and brought her 11-month-old daughter with her.  It was so wonderful to have L along for support and baby M broke up the huge amounts of awkwardness and tension at the house.  When it was time to go, Elizabeth changed Earth's diaper and clothes, wrapped him up, and placed him in my arms.  I told her we'd be back to visit on Monday and said, one last time, "Emon?" (okay?).  She said, "Emon, sister" and we said good bye.

We stopped at Sister Schaffer's apartment on the way back to the ferry.  She's been a wonderful mentor to me and I knew she would want to see Earth

 I changed him into the outfit I picked out for him to meet his daddy in:

A wonderful friend surprised me at the Dock Security Checkpoint and took these photos




I love that H came and brought a sign!  None of kids have had this kind of welcome and it made the end of all the past weeks' uncertainty that much more special.


Another friend met us with balloons

And everyone we saw on the way home had to stop to see the baby and tell us congratulations


D meeting Earth for the first time



D with our two babies

Our first picture as a family of six



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