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Thursday, June 30, 2011


My wonderful family arrived safely in Manila on Wednesday night (Wednesday morning in the US).   The next morning, they were met at their hotel by an ICAB social worker and escorted to Samaritan's Place. 
My husband reports that Francis was shy at first but quickly warmed up and they are all having  a great time together.  He took the kids to a mall to see Transformers 3 and spend a little time just hanging out.  I was blessed to have been able to skype TWICE already and have confirmation of what I have known for almost one year now.  Francis is meant to be in our family.  I knew in the deepest part of my heart that this was true but nothing "seals the deal" like seeing him with my two oldest kids. The rapport is already building.  When  we skyped for the second time, the kids were playing Uno in the background. I could hear them laughing and giving each other a hard time.  I could see them acting silly and posing for the camera - it's just "right" that he should be with us.  It's a difficult sense to put into words but that's the best I can do.   How about if I let the pictures do the talking?    My husband didn't have  a chance to take his usual 10,000 photos yesterday but he shared a few that I would like to share with you.
Thank you, dear friends, for praying for this adoption. Please continue to pray for safe travel home and for God to continue to knit all of my family members' hearts together in the way that only He can.  It is my prayer that God is glorified somehow through this adoption process.
For His Fame,
Chillin' during their 24+ plus hours of flying!

Elliana the Artist passing time on a flight

Finally able to stretch those legs!

Just moments after meeting for the first time!!!!

Anthony finally gets some real taho (yum)
Francis tries on the converse I sent (you've gotta have Chucks in THIS family)
Aaron plays a little piano for the staff