there’s no place like HOME


I really LOVE to travel. I love being out of the country and I love being surrounded by culture. I love the adventure.

But this time… I COULDN’T WAIT to get home!!

Im not sure what it was, or literally just EVERYTHING, but from the second we got Caden the day we got there, I was ready to turn myself right around and come home!

Maybe it was to actually start life … because it feels like you are just in limbo for so long.

I also just keep saying out loud to Matt, I cant believe its over ! ! ! After 1 year and 27 days of waiting, our son is home for good!

It feels like we were gone for a month and I feel like Ive been hit by a mac truck. We were holding our kids for 30+ hours in confined spaces and our bodies are in desperate need of repair and rest.

Now that we are home, Caden is soooooo happy. His little physical wounds are healing, and his cough is getting better and better. He sleeps GREAT and he LOVES his family. He is as cute as can be with the softest little spirit. He loves his bath time and the kid can eat…he probably eats better than Koral. He loves him some Peek-A-Boo and any time his big Sis is in the room, he lights up, claps and screams happy screams. Its seriously too cute.

Koral is overall doing very well. I am so proud of her for what she has gone through, she really has been a champ. She has moments of extreme jealousy and major fits. We are trying to give as much grace as possible to reassure her of her place in our family and just give her some time as we are ALL adjusting to having this new little one in our house. MOST of the time, she absolutely adores him… she is a little mommy and I am so so so excited she finally has a tangible sibling in the house!!

We couldn’t have done anything without all the love, support and prayers from all of you loved ones. It has LITERALLY kept me going and I mean that with everything in me. I had more than a few breakdowns. There were lots of tears shed. I wasn’t always pleasant but we made it through together. God sustained me and I kept His promises on my lips when I felt that I couldn’t go another minute. I literally had to speak them out loud to myself on that last leg home. He got us through, He brought us home.

Now we can start real life.

So far, there is a lot of sleeping going on around here. I am about to follow Caden’s lead.

I will try and blog about our time in Ethiopia soon-ish.

Thanks to my friend Georgeanna… this cup she let me borrow became our LIFE SAVER in Ethiopia. The kid wants it at all times and even sleeps with it. It was the ONLY thing that made him stop crying. Ever. I already broke the news to her her I’m keeping it :)

Night Night.




3 responses »

  1. I’m so glad you guys are home. He is so adorable I can’t stand it. Give us a shout if you need ANYTHING!! Love you guys..

  2. What a precious photo… He is so gorgeous! Oh, the wonders of a “comfort item” for a child! :-D
    So happy for you to be home and settling into this new chapter.

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