Saturday, February 2, 2013

There's No Place Like Home!

The hardest part about leaving China was saying good bye to Katie. 

Our flight home was the easiest ever! We left GZ at 9:30 and flew to LA.  
the children watched movies, played with their leapfrogs and then slept!

We had a hotel room in Los Angeles. Ate and slept... well some of us did! The children were in the adjoining room and two hours of sleep was all they needed! They were excited and awake buy 12:57am (According to Jim- hey, I think that was a TV show!) 
Hubby went in there repeatedly and told them to go back to bed... of course he told them in English AND they speak Chinese!
; - )

I actually slept just fine for the 5 hours BUT kept having a recurring dream of cute little Chinese girls giggling!

Our morning wake up call came at 3:30am and we were on the shuttle by 4:15am!

The plane ride home was uneventful and yet wonderful! 
God so looked out after us and calmed all my concerns!

Johnny and Mark where there in our van to pick us up!

Once home we were greeted by American flags and excited children wearing red, white and blue!

They showed "the new girls", as that is what they are called, their new digs!

They seemed to like their new home and we saw many smiles as they checked things out!

 It was so wonderful to see our children! We really missed them.
They did very well with our sitter- we are so thankful!
They were so happy to see us!

We took a family pics of those of us that were home!
Keep in mind that we are very jet lagged!

After a couple hours inside they asked to go outside!
So we dressed them in their snow gear and out they went!

It is just so amazing seeing them play with our other children!
All three girls did great!
Mia is in the orange/ coral color!
She smiled the whole time!

The there newbies mixed in well with the other children, they did not just hang together. I was very happy to see that!

It was only 5 degrees outside...
and they were out for about an hour!
I finally called them in- I don't want any one to get frost bit.

I have a lot of pics here- so sorry!

Both Melissa and Madeline come from Southern Provinces.
So snow is completely new to them!
Mia's province would only get a dusting of snow.
She was so excited to get out and PLAY!

Here is Ava pulling Melissa in the sled!

Luke and Madeline went down the slide together!

Sam, Anna and Melissa building a snow fort!
It was a hoot to watch!
They would run down the hill chasing the very large snow balls and then roll them back up the hill!

When they took a break from their work they would sled down the hill!

Sister helping sister get her mitten back on!

Mia's turn to go sliding!

I am loving how they are all mixing in- I was concerned with three that they might stick together- they did not! They just blended in with the kid at home!

Mia has ben completely content! She seems very happy and seems to be pecful with what she knows of her new life. She tries to be helpful with the younger kids and she is obedient.

10 of our 11 kiddos!
Guessing Luke is still on the swing set!

She is smiling and that warms my heart!

Emma pushing Luke on the swing!
The children are going to love the trampoline in the spring!
How do I know that? Because they loved jumping on the beds in China!
FYI- there is no jumping on the beds in my house...

We had Chinese take out for dinner. Some liked it, others... not so much. It will take a while for the kids to get used to the new foods.
After dinner they watched a little TV(Goat and Wolf) and relaxed.

It is so wonderful to see these girls AT HOME!

Madeline didn't make it to TV- she got jammies on and went to bed!
Mia, Sarah and Melissa made it another hour and then they snuggled in for the night!


Lori said...

Yippeeee! It's so good to see you safe and sound back at home!!

I can't believe how much energy those kids have! Playing in the frigid cold...with jet-lag?? Ack! I'm tired just thinking about it.

Get some rest and enjoy your home-sweet-home!!

Anonymous said...


What an answer to prayer to see all those smiles as your littles are all under one roof now!

Sarah said...

Everyone looks WONDERFUL! I'm so glad that you made it home with everyone doing so well.

Anonymous said...

ok, jean, your family is officially HUGE! :) I was all teary seeing the new girls playing with the others. How wonderful. You are inspiring. I am so happy for you to be home all together. Jetleg is so horrible in the afternoon isn't it? I'll be praying for you....hope the children haven't watched ALL the little house seasons yet....:) You are loved and prayed over~

Sue said...

So awesome

Candy said...

Welcome Home! You have a Beautiful Family. The girls look like they've been a part of your family forever. Enjoy!

crzy4myfam said...

It's great to see you are home and the girls looks so happy! There was not to many was beautiful! Thank you for sharing your blessings! ~ Becca

Karen Twombly said...

I am so very happy for your family!! I love snow! We brought our 4 Nicaraguan sweeties home in the middle of January! I worried about them adjusting to the cold of Maine but snow has a way of wooing a child and they have loved it!!
You are blessed! I loved all the pictures!
Karen Twombly

Vicky said...

I just loved seeing all the kids playing together! Jean, you have a beautiful family!

Angie said...

Welcome home! You have such a beautiful family. God is so good!

kippi said...

So glad to see you all made it home safely and to see the kids doing so well. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers as you make all the adjustments at home and just get back into the routine of life.
Your family just makes me smile. I keep thinking we will run into each other some day when we are in the cities and I will know who you are by all the sweeties surrounding you!

Pam said...

Welcome HOME! I SO enjoyed following your trip and am happy to see everyone HOME and doing well.

Blessings to you all~

Leslie said...

So glad you are home! I have enjoyed following your journey. We are about to travel ourselves. How were you able to post to blogger from China? I wasn't able to get anything to work last trip and would love to this trip. You can email me privately if you want to though I know you are super busy with 11 kiddos. :) slmaster16 at hotmail dot com

Learning Together at Home said...

Welcome home Jean! Your family is beautiful!

Susan A said...

how so beautiful, warms my heart! :) and do not apologise for the many photos, we absolutely loved seeing the girls at HOME with their own FAMILY! :D

Sherri said...

WELCOME HOME!! I so love this post! It makes my heart happy that they are all doing so well. Thank you Jesus! God Bless and thanks for sharing your journey!

likeschocolate said...

Yeah that is so amazing, but I know nothing s impossible with the Lord on your side and he if definately right there with you every minute fo the day! Glad all went well on the way home and that the children made a great transition home. Oh, i love the multi-color snow suits. Way to cute!

Rebecca said...

Welcome home Mulvahill's!!! Looks like you're off to a great start! Praise The Lord!

Wendy said...

How wonderful for all the children. They look like they are having so much fun!!!!

Holly said...

I can NOT believe that you were coherent enough to post let alone take all of those amazing pictures!! WOW girl!! Wow! Must be God :) It IS great to see your girls at home at last!! WHAT a month it's been for you guys. Here's to settling in and finding new normal- again :)

Eileen said...

So glad you all made it home safe and sound! The "new girls" look like they fit right in and are exactly where they were meant to be!


Sally-Girl! said...

They look like they have been home forever!! I LOVE it!!!

Hanna said...

Praise the Lord! That you and family arrived home safely! Don"t apologise for taking many photos as I love, love them!

thesleepyknitter said...

Beautiful! so happy to see everyone at home and doing well! May God bring joy and peace and blessings and provision and wisdom in these next few weeks and months of transition.

Jennifer P said...

Welcome home! What a great post, jetlag and all. They just fit! Meant to be.... :)

Anonymous said...

Mia is beautiful ad Madeline is precious!! So glad you all made it home safely. You are truly blessed!