Friday, July 15, 2011

Bringing Dariya HOME!!!



After 24 hours of traveling we made it safely home on Wednesday evening around 7pm.  As we landed tears filled my eyes just knowing we were so close to the kids.  When we walked out of the gate we saw Aidan and Alayna through the glass.  As soon as Alayna saw us she started crying happy tears!  Oh how we missed them.   I couldn't help but cry when I held them for the first time in 5 weeks. 

We then saw the huge crowd of people that came to welcome us home.
What a blessing to be surrounded by such great friends and family to help us celebrate our girl's homecoming.  Thank you to everyone who made her day so special. 

Dariya did very well on all 3 flights.  She fussed a little on the first flight because she was so tired and wanted to go back to sleep but, all the strange sounds kept her awake.  Oh and that poopy diaper probably didn't help.  You would think we were first time parents.  But, overall she was a trooper.

She slept on the long flight for 2 hours and fell asleep on the final flight to KC and was still sound asleep when we arrived at the gate.  I thought she would sleep through the homecoming but, she woke up just enough to see everyone (not to focus clearly on them though LOL).



As the crowd dispersed and we headed to our van it really hit me that we are finally home.  A family of 5 together! 

Thank you Father for guiding us, leading us and protecting us on this journey.  We strapped the girls in their car seats, Dariya wasn't too happy about it for a minute then settled in and wanted to sing some songs.  Alayna helped me sing and Dariya signed along.  Sweetness x 2!

Here is the link to the local news channel that covered our story.  Jason and I are going to have an interview with the reporter sometime soon.

http://www.kctv5.com/story/15082501/metro-family-welcomes-international-child-to-new-home


A huge thanks to all those that took pics and video for us.  Many more pictures and videos to come from our awesome photographers and videographers!

There is no place like home!

24 comments:

Deanna said...

Congratulations!!! Such an amazing journey! Now the fun begins! Many blessings to you all! xoxo

Patti said...

OH, tears! I am so happy for you guys, Rochelle!

Cathy said...

Congratulations again!

ch said...

welcome home! so happy to have you back!

Jamie Wooddell said...

So happy y'all are home! I get choked up thinking of how emotional it will be to return home after four long weeks.
We can't wait to watch Dariya settle in.

Sara Bell said...

So happy you guys are home and together! Your family is so sweet and I am so blessed to know you! Such a woman of God you are and I truly admire your service to the Lord! Thank you for being so inspiring to us all!!! May God Bless you sweet family of 5!!!

Mandy said...

Congratulations! She's simply beautiful!

my family said...

she is perfect! congrats:)

Becca said...

Yay!!! Welcome home!! Tried to watch the video, but my flash player is out of date... Looking forward to watching your own videos here on your blog. So happy you all had a safe and uneventful journey home. :-)

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

Welcome home! Thank you for sharing this wonderful journey with us and I can't wait to watch Dariya grow as part of your wonderful family! Congratulations!!!!

j*e*n said...

Welcome home & Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! so, so happy for you xoxo
Beverly Mom to Noah

The Annessa Family said...

God is so so good and it is such a blessing to see our whole family together!

Brooke Annessa
www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

Katrina said...

So happy you are home safe. What an incredible journey.

Kim said...

Happy to have you back where you all belong. Welcome back!

Lacey said...

Oh I love it, and oh the memories it brings! The pure joy in my boys when they met their sister for the first time. Nothing like it in the world! I'm so happy for you!!

stephanie said...

Well thanks to you I have cried a small ocean! Too bad it's not the secret to weight loss!

Welcome home you big beautiful family!!!!!

And how about Miss Nellie!! :)

Joni said...

Isn't it great to be home! It was so fun to meet you in Ukraine! We will continue to pray for you! Joni
www.TeamRedding.blogspot.com

Renee said...

Oh to be a fly on the wall. :) Thinking of you and your precious family, and sending lots of love from cajun country. Renee

babypelly said...

LOVE this... cried all the way through the news story!!

Pat said...

Welcome home. I am so glad to have had the chance to meet you and will continue to pray for you. Dariya is so blessed to have a loving forever family and you are so blessed to have such a sweet loving little girl.
Pat

Nan and Dan said...

so so sweet! congrats!

Elisabeth said...

Welcome home Dariya!

EN said...

Oh the part that kills me is how you couldn't help but cry when you saw Alayna and Aidan for the first time in 5 weeks. I have a lump in my throat thinking about how agonizing that separation must have been. Everyone in the family made a big sacrifice to bring this beautiful girl home. Welcome home, Dariya! What a blessing!