Monday, May 28, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

It is wonderful to be home. We've been here for less than 48 hours. I haven't uploaded any pictures from our return, but I will soon.

We landed in Dallas a little earlier than scheduled, but Immigration made sure we didn't leave the airport earlier than scheduled. With J, we were able to go through the non-US citizen line. We thought that'd be great because it was half as long as the citizen line. What we didn't realize was that after we got to that counter, we had to go into a room to wait for processing. An hour and a half later, we left that room, grabbed our bags which were, thankfully, still there and had no line for customs.

The greeting that we received at the airport by family and friends was amazing. Simply amazing. We were pushing our cart full of bags and rounded a corner to cheers and chants of "We Want Josie!!". I, of course, was overwhelmed. Hugs and kisses and roses and balloons and everyone near and dear. Almost. Unfortunately, since we were in Immigration for so long, Elastigirl had to leave before we came out. I'll have to make a special trip to her house and deliver goodies that we picked up along the way for her and her guys.

Uncle J's wife and daughter and a couple of his grandkids were there. That only added to the emotional nature of it for me. I was so glad they were able to be there and hang out and wait for us to come out.

Here's a little clip of our arrival. You'll have to pause the music at the bottom of the page again, although there really isn't much to hear on the video.

I was so overwhelmed by the number of people there, that I didn't even see Phoebe until she ran PAST me to Allen. I love the part of the video of her running to us.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! I know you guys must be exhausted
let me know when we can come by to meet Josie!
Christine, Tom, Ethan & Ryan

wendy said...

blessings on your arrival. Josie is such a "cutie"....wendy (friend of Nancy and Roger)

wendy said...

Blessings on your arrival. Glad all are back safely. Josie sure is a "cutie". Wendy (friend of Nancy and Roger)

ElastiGirl said...

I'm dying to come and meet her... it is soooo hard to stay away....

Cheryl said...

I have really enjoyed watching your journey. Seeing J and C laughing together in the video was beautiful. I wish all four of you much love and blessings.

Cheryl (Susan's friend, now in Vegas.)

Jody said...

Thank you for sharing your journey. What a tremendous gift she is. Can't wait to see pics of two sisters together - hint, hint.

Beth said...

Wow-what an experience to witness the newest member of our family coming home! Congratulations on your addition. We were blessed to be a part of the occasion, and I know that Daddy was watching from above. He was so proud to that you chose to adopt Josie from China-his beloved China. We are looking forward to watching her grow up! Cousin Beth

Mary Beth said...

Boy, I hated to miss that homecoming! Was in Houston for family reunion. I mentioned the event that day and turns out my older sister has been following your trip right along via my blog. She was almost as excited as me. :) But not quite.

Hope to see you soon. hugs!

Michelle said...

Cynde,
I just had a nice cry watching your very special video. Phoebe running for Daddy was the breaker! I hope you are settling in. I greatly appreciate your notes and hope to catch up soon. Needless to say, emotions are all over the place right now. Yesterday was very sad. Thinking of you often! God Bless!

J-n-K-n-J said...

Oh my goodness!! How special was that?? You are obviously blessed with great friends and family :)

K