Heading Home!!!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been away for two weeks!  I miss my boys so much and can’t wait to hug them.  At the same time, I can’t believe that our precious little girl has already been with us for a week and a half.  She has changed so much in such a short amount of time.

The first week Emily would only eat rice cereal and pureed baby food.  She still doesn’t really know how to chew but now she will suck down noodles, inhale rice and gobble up fish.  She wants nothing to do with rice cereal any more.

She loves to give hugs and kisses.  She loves to make faces.  She makes a serious face and then switches to a surprised face.  Cracks me up!  I can’t seem to catch it on camera but it’s hilarious.  She loves when we play along and make faces with her.

For the most part sleep is better.  She no longer cries when she goes to bed.  The opposite is now true, she plays in her crib for 30 minutes before finally going to sleep.

Friday morning at 8am (Thursday at 7pm in Kansas) we will leave Guangzhou on a flight to Beijing.  We have about a 4 hour layover then we will fly to Dallas.  We have to spend the night in Dallas and will finally arrive home Saturday afternoon.  Please pray for us while we travel.  Friday will be about 24 hours of traveling before we land in Dallas.  Our flight from Beijing to Dallas will be a very long 14 hours.  We have lots of activities, videos and snacks for Emily, but for a little girl who is constantly on the move, 14 hours on an airplane is going to be very, very long.

Thank you for everyone’s support and encouragement along the way!  We are excited to get home and get into a new rhythm as a family of five.  Emily seems to be bonding well with us; however,we’ve been living in an adoption bubble the last two weeks, and getting back to the US will be an adjustment for both us and her.

We are excited for everyone to meet our daughter but we would kindly ask you to help us to continue our bonding with her.  We need her to know that we will be her provider and protector.  So, as much as we know each and every one of you love this little girl already, we would ask that Greg and I be the only ones to pick her up and hold her for the time being.  Please allow Greg and I to be the only ones to feed Emily, even snacks and treats.  Also, if you do have a gift, please allow us to give it to her at this time.  She loves high fives and thumbs up so please feel free to give those generously.  This will only last for a short time as we continue to bond and learn to become a family of five.  If you are unsure about something, just ask.  We would be happy to answer any questions.

Thank you again for all your support!  We are excited for everyone to meet our daughter!


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4 Responses to Heading Home!!!

  1. Katy Myers says:

    Many prayers for a safe journey back to Kansas and a smooth transition for your homecoming and transition to a family of five!


  2. gilleland5 says:

    Also praying for your flights and transition once home.
    Sweet times! Can’t wait to meet her.


  3. Overwhelmed with joy for you guys. What an adventure this journey has already been but the days, weeks and months ahead will be a season that you will never forget. Can’t wait to hear and see how the boys greet and begin bonding with her. Oh what a day…


  4. cwhruss says:

    Prayers for safe travels for you three! Praying also for everyone to adjust smoothly
    as you become a family of five!
    Looking forward to meeting your sweet daughter!

    Whitney Russell


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