Saturday, July 2, 2011

We're home!

After almost 3 weeks in Addis Ababa and over 30 hours traveling, we are so happy to be home! Kepler was AMAZING on the airplane. He slept, played, smiled, ate and snuggled as if the plane were our home:) The poor kid was juggled from one plane to another to another. I wonder if he thought we live on planes... He seemed okay with it as long as Mama was there. This means SO MUCH to me! Amos met us at the gate and met Kepler for the first time. People looked at us and smiled as we hugged and cried. It was the sweet homecoming that I've been dreaming of for almost 3 years. When we came down the escalator our family and friends were there to cheer and cry and celebrate with us! People made signs and carried banners- it was AMAZING. I heard traffic was horrible getting there- THANK YOU to everyone that made the trip or tried to but couldn't. It meant so much to see everyone just as happy for us as we are! We were presented with a "big check" that said our TOTAL airfare was covered in full. Can you believe that?! Amos and I are blown away- this is a HUGE blessing!!!! We feel so blessed and loved by you all. Thank you so much.
Kepler sat in his car seat like a pro (quite different from standing in a taxi in Ethiopia) and was content and happy all the way home. We explored his new home with Daddy and pointed and smiled and looked at everything. He loves Amos just like I knew he would! Amos and Kepler have something so special. We put Kepler to bed and then I took a HOT shower and went to bed. Kepler is adjusting to the time difference so he woke up after an hour and a half. I patted him back to sleep and returned to our bed exhausted. Amos slept in Kepler's room on the floor and reassured him whenever he woke up (a few times during the night) so I could sleep. What a HELPFUL, caring, sweet husband I have! We all were up at 5AM on this beautiful, warm and sunny 4th of July weekend. We had breakfast, played and then went for a walk to the neighborhood park all before 8AM:) Kepler and Daddy are sleeping now while I take this time to write you all and keep you up to date.
We love you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you've done to support us on this journey!
Hugs to everyone! Pictures to come soon! I have to unload and unburry everything!