Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Best Kind Of Homecoming!

We tried to homeschool on Friday but some of us had focusing issues...
That would be ME!
I / we were so excited and nervous that we could hardly contain ourselves!

So we ran errands and had lunch out!

And then a few more errands 
dinner out!

Then they called us from Detroit and they had landed!
Customs went smoothly but their next flight was delayed by one hour...

So we used old boxes to make welcome home signs!
The temps outside were frigid!

It was so much fun to see the signs they created!

This is Anna's sign!
A glimpse into Anna's world!

This is Luke's welcome home sign!
It makes this homeschooling Mom proud!

And then it was time to leave... for the airport!

Friends met us there with signs and balloons!

They've landed!

Once we saw that we could hardly control ourselves!

Sarah kept saying- there they are!
Not funny Sarah!
Mia is a blurr because she was so excited she couldn't stand still!

We greeted just about everyone from the Detroit to Mpls flight!
They were happy to have a welcoming party!

It was so so so exciting!

We watched carefully to try to see them come down the escalator.  We had to bend way down! Everyone wanted to be the first to see them, including me!

The children got
lower and lower!

The big kids were more peaceful, mature, contained then the rest of us ;-)

And then we saw them!!
From that moment on everything was a blur!

It all happened so fast!
Emma was first to run and get a hug from her big brother!

It was so wonderful to hug this dear boy for the very first time!
So happy my friend got a pic of this!

The children were amazed at their new brothers!
Joey is tiny - smaller than we imagined!
He is 5 years old but the size of a 2-3 year old.
He ran around trying to keep his size 4 sweat pants from falling down!

It is such a blessing to have these dear boys HOME!

And Joey is the little boy behind the white balloon!

This was all to exciting for him!
Once again he is trying to smile!

I'm not sure what I was doing- maybe looking at pics I had just taken!

The big boys are talking it all in!
Soon they will be all playing together!
Little boys LOVE big boys!
They speak the same language!
Let's wrestle like puppy dogs!

Sarah is thrilled to have her new little brother home!
He weighs 30 lbs- super light and easy to carry!

So thankful to have them in my arms!

guess who pushed all the buttons!

They loved being HOME!
This little guy loves, loves, loves the dogs!
And he is very gentle with them!

Everyone was so excited to show the boys around the house!

Joey was quite peaceful when we came home.
Much more so than I expected.

Sam was so helpful to the boys!
He is thrilled they are home!
They just settling right in very quickly!

Our two 7 year boys!
Everyone went to sleep at 12:00 and slept to 8:00!
The new boys LOVE their beds!
Actually I could have said about 15 loves in that sentence!
I have never see two children so thrilled about their very own big beds!
Joeys bed was a cage and Ben's bed was a toddler bed on the floor.

Thanking God for bringing my 4 boys safely home!


Jessim said...

I actually cried when I read this post. I can't even begin to imagine how joyful it must have been to have your entire family reunited, with new members.

It is so clear there is so much love in your family. I will pray for your new boys as they learn to be part of a family.

Wendy said...

So happy for you Jean. You are going to have a blast with all your little ones. I think Luke and Joey are going to have so much fun together. In the picture of Luke and Joey, Luke could not look more proud. Can't wait to hear more stories of your adventures. God bless you!!!!

Pam said...

Love the photos! Especially the one of your FOUR little boys. So cute!

I am REALLY hoping that I am reading wrong that Joey slept in a cage. Please God, let that NOT be true.

Sarah said...

Oh goodness, I'm crying! So, so happy for all of you!!!!

Katie rayn said...

LOVE all of this! So happy for you all; such a beautiful family!

altman5 said...

Love love love!!!

Unknown said...

Such happy happy news!!!!!

Congrats again on your lovely new sons!


ally said...

So fun to follow your family. I too teared up at this post! We have so much in common. Hubby and I are in our early 50s with bios as old as 31. We have only adopted 7 to go with our 4 bios though. Here's the thing, our youngest boys came home in Dec 2 yrs ago. They look so much like Ben and Joey it's crazy right down to the teeny tiny 30 lb 5 yr old that clothes fall off of. Max and Ben could be brothers they look so much alike. My Luke is crazy busy like Joey and gave us a run for our money in China! I also remember Ben's picture when he was first listed with Holt right around the time my boys came home. He took my breath away and I prayed for him to find a family. God answered my prayer so sweetly by sending your family for him and allowing me to watch. Many blessings to your family. Email me if you would like to see a picture of my boys. Thanks for sharing your family with all of us1

mewohlwend said...

You made me cry- such a joyful post! I can't even imagine how it feels to have them all home. They look SO darling in their new pajamas!! I'm hoping things continue to go well and the new little guys feel at peace in their new home!

grtlyblesd said...

I teared up, too. Congratulations! They seem to fit in perfectly.

Sally-Girl! said...

So very very happy for all of you!!! And really super happy for you that you have no re-entry syndrome and no jet lag!!!

Holly said...

I'm so happy for you! I pray that all will continue to go smoothly as you settle in with your new boys!

Steph M said...

"This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." Psalm 118:23
It IS MARVELOUS!!!! We were all crammed around the computer to see this post, and we all laughed and cried - we have been SO excited to see you ALL together again!!! I LOVE the lady's reactions that are coming down the escalator before your guys! Their beaming faces show exactly what it must have been like!!! We are so happy for you all. You can just feel the love and joy right through this computer screen.
Congratulations to you!!

Mary DeGennaro said...

Jean, the picture of you and Ben made me cry! So happy for all of you! Post some pictures of them in their beds when you get a chance.

likeschocolate said...

Love it! YOu know how to make this girl cry, but out of happiness for your family. Congratulations!

Sue said...

So happy for everyone to be together.

Jennie said...

Jean, What a joyful homecoming for the boys to be greeted by the lovely crew. Seems natural that Luke will pair off with Joey, and Sam with Ben. I follow your blog (not a 'lurker') and it is incredible to read Lord's blessings on your family, and each of the children's transformation (Gotcha Day to now). Joyous Christmas!

Rebecca said...

This is just so exciting!!!! Merry Christmas Mulvahill Family!!!

Janet and Kevin said...

Oh Jean, I loved reading this post! Homecomings always make me cry with happiness! So glad your 4 boys are home safely. I loved the picture of the four of them coming down the escalator. The smiles told it all. And I loved the pictures of your children already home waiting for all four to come into view! That is so thrilling to be at the airport for a homecoming!

Will be lifting you all in prayers as you settle into a family routine with your new sons.

janet and gang

Karin said...

So happy for you!!!!! Love seeing those sweet boys in your arms. :) I'm also so blessed by your older kids being so on board with all the younger ones.

Holly said...

Such a wonderful post! One of the best ones ever!!! :) I am thrilled for all of you. Precious, precious, precious. :)

Laurel said...

Tears . . .

So happy for all of you.

:) :) :)

Nancy said...

So very happy for you! Love the photos, what a treat for us to get a glimpse of all the loving going on!
Congratulations! Looking forward to meeting the boys. Nancy

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