"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hello all,
We wanted you all to know that we arrived home around 8 pm on Friday night. We don't know how Rich did it as every seat on every flight was full, but we were so grateful for a seat we didn't care if we sat in the aisle. We were greeted at the airport by Tom, Addie, Noah, Molly, Mom (a suprise that she flew in early from her reading conference), Lynde, Makenna, Max , and the KOIN 6 news crew. We had a long couple of days of flight, but the boys did great. It was so great to step off that plane into everyone's arms!! Dad figured that we had been up for 52 hours by the time we arrived. We got home about 11:30 pm without all of our luggage. Too bad we had packed everything, even the toothbrushes!! My bed has never felt more wonderful and I couldn't believe how big and beautiful and clean and wonderful my house was. Addie a had done a great job cleaning and had fresh flowers on the table and some friends had stopped by with balloons and a big WELOME HOME banner (no I didn't spell it wrong). It was so good to be home. The boys recognized their room and we were all tucked into bed by midnight.

Saturday morning we hit it running with a soccer game and then a trip to Portland on Sunday for Mother's Day and Phil and Hudson's baptism. We were so happy to be all together for Mother's Day. And this weekend is the Scio Lamb Fair, so we will be busy with the 4H booth, parade float decorating, parade, Sheepskin Review play that Addie is in , and Noah's choir performance. It will be the boys first chance at meeting everyone.

The boys are doing great. They have both been sick, but the doctor thinks that it is mostly just coping, not flu. They have been sleeping alot and I'm sure hoping that they will just wake up from this dream. They keep asking if they are going back everytime we get in the car. They really had a nice place to live at the orphanage, with people who took good care of them. It isnt family and so many of the things that they will now have, but their orphanage doesn't hold any negative memories for them, just friends and food that they are now missing. Language and food are the 2 biggest adjustments right now... trying to find food that they will eat (not including coke and cake- which are the only 2 foods that Bis wants to eat right now) has been difficult at best.

The kids are all doing good at adjusting to their new brothers!! The big kids were so happy to see them again and Molly has done super!! She did request that we swap them for 2 sisters during 1 meltdown, but other than that she is enjoying her role as the big sis. I don't get out of her sight much, but she has done really well.

All in all we are doing good and getting settled in on our timezone. 3pm is tough... that is the middle of the night for us... but getting easier each day. We are so thankful to all of our friends and family who worked so hard during the time I was away... everyone really just pulled together!!

I'll try and post some pictures now that my USB cable has come home.
Thanks so much for reading and praying,

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