August 20th - 2011!

 ...Mihret and I hopped off the plane - with the EXCITED anticipation of seeing Erik and the girls and my sister, my niece and nephew and my Dad and ALL our friends who have totally been supporting us through this whole journey (and missing some of my AWESOME AGCI peeps and more of our AMAZING family who couldn't make it) ...just the very first peek of everyone as we came up the escalator, I couldn't hold them back... and out came the good ole UGLY cry of complete JOY and HAPPINESS!!!!  I'm not sure if Mihret knew what to think about it all... it was probably pretty overwhelming for her! :) But, she did great!  It was AWESOME to see everyone!!! We felt SO SPECIAL AND LOVED to share this moment we had been anticipating for so long with so many GREAT people!! 

Mihret is HOME!!!!! WOW!!! SHE is HOME!!

 Here is a video my dear friends husband made for our family!

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH Miss Elle J, your TOTALLY AWESOME AND TALENTED Hubby and kiddos for taking SO many great pics and video.... and then GIFTING me with THESE memories in this totally thoughtful, heartfelt, BEAUTIFUL video!!!  WOW!!!  What a Gift!  WHAT A DAY!!! Thank you for capturing this time in our lives!!! Such a PRICELESS gesture!! I LOVE YOU ELLE J FAM! ;)

I LOVED every single sign WELCOMING Mihret HOME and all her balloons and treats from friends and family!! WE thank God for all of the people He has placed in our lives who have been so supportive during this whole process of bringing HOME our DAUGHTER from Ethiopia - from our decision to adopt to THIS DAY she is off the plane and HOME for goooood!!!  THANK YOU!  THANKS SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for your prayers and encouragement - I can't even put it into words how SINCERELY GRATEFUL our family is! ♥


...Got as many pics as we POSSIBLY could, gave a ton of hugs and then we headed out to the car... to put our little sweeeeetie in her new car seat (THANKS DAD)!  ...as I got in the car I noticed Erik had my car totally detailed and had little snacks all over and installed a DVD in front of Mihret's car seat... it looked AWESOME even if Mihret was TOTALLY NOT a FAN of any of it - especially being strapped into that seat!! :)  We really couldn't get HOME fast enough... I was excited to have our time together for Erik to reconnect and for the girls to really meet their new LITTLE SISTER and play with her... and to get her out of that car seat that was definitely not making her happy at all!!!

As soon as we pulled up to the house - I see this:

...and started to bawl all over again! ha ha ha!! MY SIS IS AMAZING! :) I've NEVER seen a sign SO big!!! 
...Mihret slept in-between Erik and I that night! ...she probably woke up about 3 or 4 times... new place, new people, new home... I can't imagine the confusion that was happening in her little headd heart!! ...WE will be here for her now and FOREVER... to LOVE the socks OFF of her on her GREAT days and her BAD ones!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING being a family of FIVE!! SOOOOO HAPPY to have her HOME!!!

God is GOOD!
Praising Him and THANKING Him for our safe flight HOME, for our BEAUTIFUL little GIRL, and that we are ALL TOGETHER FOREVER!

And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.
Matthew 18:5

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
Psalms 68:5-6



  1. The BEST night - I still cry happy when I hear the song on the radio! I love watching the video of YOUR STORY. Love the family you were before, and Love the family you are now ~ truly amazing love. Mihret is a blessing. xoxo


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