Psalm 127:3-5

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!"

Psalm 127:3-5

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Looks like we're a "GO!"

Dear Friends -

We have been gone for 40 days and 40 nights.  Feeling like Noah.  We are ready to get OFF the ark and see the Rainbow over our home!  Thank you God, thank you sweet Nikita Frederick and thank you Reece's Rainbow!  We are spending our last night in EE before flying home on Thursday, the 19th.  Thank YOU for your prayers and support - we were at times out of touch while here, but never felt alone!

Operation - Rescue Arrows is almost complete!
Gotcha Day was VERY exciting!  We arrived at the orphanage during nap time and gave the nannies the clothes for our children.  Dusty wore the overalls that Johnny used to wear.  Sonya and Carolyn will be sharing the dress Sonya wore.  Sonya was SO happy to see us.  Sonya practically jumped out of the nanny's arms.  Thankfully Momma was there to catch her!

Dusty loved hanging out with Daddy in the car.  Daddy loved it, too.  Good bye orphanage - FOREVER!  

Father and Son

I'm going HOME with MY FAMILY!

Thank you GOD!

We had several stops to make - including going to get BIG brother Johnny, little sister Carolyn, Grandma "Brwee" and all our luggage.   Then we needed to make a "mad dash" to the train station - in two cars.  Our trusty entourage got us there with one minute to spare.  Phew!  Thank you "Uncle" Edward, Tatyana and Valentine! 

Packa - Packa!   

The first leg of our trip home, a 6 hour train ride, went very well, although the train cars did not have AC!  It was a steamy ride, so off with the children's tights and socks.  Dusty and Sonya thought it was great fun having their toes free!

Watching iPhoto slide show of our days together
So HOT... must... have... WATER
Carolyn and Johnny LOVING LIFE being all together
No Worries!
No picky eaters here! We are feeding Dusty & Sonya late stage baby food, yogurt, along with soup with rice or bread in it.  We are using much smaller spoons and taking meal time at a SLOWER pace.  Trying to get them to chew their food is tough. They are conditioned to eat and drink everything (and more) that is laid in front of them.

So far, it looks like we've opened the "box of chocolates" and found peanut clusters (that's a good thing, in this family...) We can't say enough about how well the children are getting along together, and how Dusty and Sonya are handling all of this change like troopers.
Big Hugs - from Little Miss Hugs-a-lot!
Snuggles from Grandma "Brwee" TOO!  Life is GOOD!
Dusty finally fell asleep with Grandma "Brwee."  Momma and Daddy were a little jealous!
 We arrived to our destination at 10:30 pm.  Emptied all our luggage from the train and all piled into a van which took us to the apartment we will stay in until we leave on Thursday.

We WIN the prize for MOST luggage - We TRIED to pack light!
All six of us sat in the same row and Grandma 'Brwee" sat in the front with Niko - our Universal Soldier! 

Our apartment was very nice and we were glad to get the children all in their PJ's, say our prayers and go to bed. "Thank you God for this wonderful "Gotcha Day!"

Again, Thank you for your prayers and support.  God is good, and our entire adoption process, from November 6 to May 19 was only was only 194 days!  Now that our EE adventure is nearing an end in expeditious fashion, we need to close the "Help Bring Dusty & Sonya Home" fundraiser a bit early.  The last day for donations will be May 19, and we will then get ready for the giveaway.  Keep in touch!

Love, John, Amy, Johnny, Carolyn Joy, Dusty, and Sonya.


  1. So glad to hear things are going well. Will keep the flight in our prayers for continued safe travel and smooth sailing. Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Blessings on the journey - to VA and beyond! - The Millers

  2. Goodness it seems like things are going so well! those kids are troopers!! Glad Sonya was so happy to see you. That just makes my heart happy. So happy they are yours and headed home!!!!

  3. Congratulations! I am so thankful that your beautiful new children are with you, and that the long train ride went well.

    Bon voyage and prayers for traveling mercies as you cross The Pond and continue your new life together!

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from U.

  4. so thrilled for you all, wow what a ride,...big hugs from new zealand....

  5. Thank-you so much for sharing your Gotcha day with us! I prayed so hard for Sonya and to see her with you brings tears to my eyes, happy tears!
    (You can get help with their chewing from a good O.T. Our son with D.s. had to be taught to chew.)
    May God bless your beautiful family!

  6. Wow - what a ride y'all have had - but by my clock you are on the way home! Fair winds and following seas on your travels - looking forward to the "we're home" post!

    Great joy for you guys - and lots of hugs -

    aus and co.

  7. so so happy for you all!!!!!!!!!!
    Congrats! :)

  8. May God bless you as you start this new chapter. Your children are all just precious. What an amazing thing that Sonya and Dusty are rescued and part of a real family.

  9. I've only started following you guys and am so so happy to hear Dusty and Sonya are now home with you all.

    God bless and much love!