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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Home!

This is Kelly, posting for Kimberley, knowing that she's just exhausted. This is what I posted on my blog last night and then woke up and realized that all of Kimberley's friends and family and faithful readers should know that they arrived home safely last evening. Kimberley, delete this post when you have time to post again.

Kelly

Kimberley, Tim, Eli & Sophia had quite the welcoming committee at the airport tonight...their boys Zachary and Tyler, Steffie and her hubby and Sophia and Andrew were there, as was Kim K. and her daughters Emma & Josie, and my hubby and I arrived last with Katie and Ella (and helium balloons)...chaos reigned! All the kids (front l to r): Emma & Josie, Katie, Andrew & Sophia, Eli & Sophia, Ella (back) Tyler & Zachary Kim K., the Craft Queen gave Eli & Sophia American flags decorated with "welcome home" notes (that blur behind Sophia is another Sophia!) Mama and daughter, on American soil! Big brother Tyler gives a hug to his little sister At baggage claim (where one of the family's suitcases never showed up), Eli poses with "his girls" (Ella didn't want to be in this picture, but she's still "his girl"!) Zachary called a friend who speaks Mandarin and put the phone to Sophia's ear...Sophia listened for a very long time before Zachary took the phone back and said to his friend, "Now, what did you say?" Sophia is absolutely delightful and such a princess. We are so happy to live so close so we can see her family and have our kids play together! Oh, and for anyone who is even thinking about giving Kimberley grief for not posting more in China, please don't. I told her she was "the world's worst blogger" already, and she explained it wasn't entirely her fault. I completely understand, it IS hard to carve out time to blog on an adoption trip. Anyway, she promises to "retro-blog" her trip, so everyone will see and hear about her trip in due time. WELCOME HOME KIMBERLEY, TIM, ELI & SOPHIA!!!

42 comments:

LaLa said...

Sooooo happy you are safely home!!! She is beautiful!!!

Diane..Mama to Joe, Jen, Jana Mei, Jadyn Hua and JOY Hua:) said...

Welcome Home!!! Your family is so beautiful and there is nothing better than having the entire family together...HOME!!!

Thank you, Kimberley, for letting this Mama come to your blog time and again over the last two, maybe even three plus years....hoping and praying that you would one day hold the precious Daughter God knew was to be yours. I am so thankful you embraced China in your heart, not giving up on all the paperwork, the wait, the long wait, all the uncertainties....but, as you know, your sweet girl was there, and, you and your boys:) all just waited with Hope, for that this Mama is so happy and thankful...one more sweet girl, who waited and waited on the other side of the world, your sweet daughter, Sophia, one more cherished girl is home....peaceful and safe!!!

Big hugs and much happiness!

Gail said...

Welcome home! I know how great it feels to be back in your own bed...
She's beautiful!

Cora said...

Welcome home! Sophia is beautiful and i love all the pictures of the kids playing, what fun!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Welcome home! So happy to see photos of y'all together.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Welcome home...
I can't wait to hear all about your amazing trip...
Sophia is toooo cute..
Love it..
Hugs girly..

Kim K. said...

It was pure magic to see you ALL at the airport last night. I can't wait to see your pictures and relive your journey. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

Holly said...

Can't wait to hear more about the trip and anyone who has been there done that will not give her any grief! :)
What answered prayers!
Yahooo!
Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Kelly, Thank you for posting this. I have had MAJOR Sophia Jane withdrawals!

Kimberley, this is it! Your baby girl is HOME!!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!! It looks like you had an amazing "welcoming home" committee waiting for you. I just love the look on Zachary and Tylers face as I'm guessing they are laying eyes on their new baby sister for the first time? My heart overflows with happiness for you my friends!
May you live happily ever after Sophie Jane!

Love,
Robin

Dita said...

Welcome Home!!! I was so thrilled to see this picture of Kimberley and Crew right where they belong...HOME!

Can't wait to hear every little detail, in due time, friend....enjoy being home with our newest little American!

Congratulations!

Jewels of My Heart said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!
WELCOME HOME SWEET SOPHIA JANE!
Thank You Jesus for answered prayers!
I am just so happy and excited and thankful for you all.
Sophia looks like she is doing just wonderful!
and they lived happily ever after...

thank you so much Kelly for posting. I know some of us were getting worried. lol

mommy24treasures said...

awww I am just so glad you are home well and safe! Welcome home beautiful family. May you live happily ever after:):):):):):):):)
Love and Blessings
Connie

soontobemomof9 said...

Congratulations! She is indeed a princess, and so cute! So happy and excited another child made it home to their forever family! Praise the Lord, His plans are perfect!

Kayce said...

Welcome home!!! So glad you are all home safe and sound! God is SO good!

Tammy said...

WELCOME HOME!!! What a beautiful family!

Truly Blessed said...

Kimberley, hope it's okay I posted for you, but I knew everyone was wondering and hoping to see an update.

Thanks for letting us join you at the airport, we had such a fun time seeing all of you together for the first time (and the girls had SUCH a great time playing with all of the other kiddos).

Welcome Home!!!

Kelly

Carol said...

Welcome Home!!! And no worries! We had the world's worst internet when we were in China and we posted one photo!!! So you by far out did us!!!!

Now sleep, sleep, sleep....that jet lag is horrible!!!!

Joanne said...

ahhhh, Home Sweet Home!! Welcome Home!

Patricia/NYC said...

Welcome HOME!!!! Sooooo THRILLED to see ALL of you together, at last!!! Praising God!!!!

Celeste Weekes said...

Welcome back! Sophia is absolutely beautiful and you all look so happy! Congratulations! What a perfect little family!

Jonni said...

Welcome home Kimberly & Family! Beautiful images of a beautiful homecoming.

Hugs,
Jonni

Keisha said...

So Glad you are home safe!
I loved all the pictures and post from your journey to your beautiful daughter!!!!
I know you are still on cloud 9!

Hugs!

Mama Duck said...

WELCOME HOME!! Everyone looks so happy...if the flight home was difficult, you certainly can't see it. :) I'm so excited that you are all back, and ready to get on with your "happily ever after." Take your time getting back to blogging. Your priority has been your family, and that is definitely where it should be. So happy for you!!!!!

Kristy said...

WELCOME HOME!!!!! These pics make my heart smile!!!!! What a beautiful bunch of kids and what a beautifully happy family!

Love and blessings, Kristy

Calico Sky said...

A big welcome home! So glad you are home and hoping the adjustment period isn't too tough. Enjoy that FMLA and just being together!!

jennifer said...

Welcome Home! I know you must be so happy to have your whole family together, at last. So happy for you and can't wait to read all about your journey!

Alyson & Ford said...

It is so wonderful to know that Kimberley's little girl is here! We have waited along time!
What wonderful memories during the wait, we have of all the posts "Seventh Diamond" did for us! Can't wait to hear more news!

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Nine Months (9.5 to be exact!)

Christine said...

Welsomce home! Congrats!! You have got your girl!

Roy and Lori said...

Love the picture of You, Tim, and all
of the kids! So Precious!

day by day said...

Welcome Home!!!! Sophia is so precious! What a great feeling to be home and have all of your family united!!

Oatsvall Team said...

so much to say, so many emotions for you sister and yet I have a feeling you know exactly what i would say since your heart is so full and are still processing having your SJ in your arms ...

love you bunches !!!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Welcome home...
Sorry it has been a while since visiting... things have been nuts... I am trying to stop by to visit when I can... glad it was a safe trip home... hugs to you all...

Carolyn said...

Welcome home- what a beautiful family- you are all so lucky to have one another! Enjoy getting to know each other more and more- it is the journey that means the most.
Carolyn

Cindy said...

Kelly you are awesome, what a great friend she is. Sophia Jane is just sooooo cute. What a lucky family to have her and vice versa. A tip on the time change is get the kids out during the day, no naps get them to bed at their times see how it works for a couple of days and in no time you will be fresh as new. Welcome home! What a great celebration to step on US soil just 3 days before the July 4th.
Let's get together when your are up to it.

Colleen said...

Welcome home!!! I love the pictures and I can't wait to hear more about your trip : )

Shay Ankerich said...

What a wonderful homecoming and sure pray you all are getting settled. The first few weeks can be so overwhelming but precious all the same. Praying for you and your family!
Blessings!!!

Christie said...

She is just beautiful and I'm just weepy! hahaha

Love seeing families united FINALLY and all the missing pieces going "click".

Love it!

thatgirlblogs said...

she's so beautiful and happy and wonderful! big hugs to all.

Elisa...life as we know it. said...

Yeah you are home, welcome back!

3 Peanuts said...

What a beautiful welcome home...so happy for you, my friend!!!
love,
Kim

Kris said...

now the tears are coming... oh what i have missed!!

Christie said...

Can't imagine how busy you are - but what a doll! Missing your posts...am I looking in the wrong place?