Sunday

Video~ Isabella's Homecoming

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Our plane landed late in the evening on April 30, 2008. Isabella was completely asleep in my arms on the plane and had zero interest at being awakened, changed and primped for her first meeting with her extended forever family. She was a trooper, though! It was the best feeling in the world to see our whole family waiting for us (with signs and balloons) when we got off the plane. My favorite moment was when I had just gotten off the escalator and I had all three of my kids in my arms for the first time. It was brief, but it was probably the best moment of my entire life! It was so hard being away from the boys for nearly a month while I was in Guatemala. Seeing them love and hold their sister right away made it all worth it. I think Isabella's favorite moment was when Grami handed her an Elmo balloon. She stared at that thing the whole night. We still have it. I think she thinks it's another member of the family! How am I going to break it it her? Just kidding!

"The Lord has done GREAT things for us, and we are filled with joy." (Psalm 126:3)

14 comments:

Jennifer & Craig said...

What great footage & pics!! I know what you mean about holding onto all 3 kids at once...what a feeling. And I hear ya on the Elmo balloon...we had the same one and Ava was obsessed with it!! It just deflated after 3 weeks...need to go get another!! Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend...
Jen :]

Kris and Mindy said...

Oh what an amazing and emotional video...I am all teared up watching it...it brings back memories of our homecoming at our airport:-) It's so nice to have that to show our children someday...thanks for sharing it!
Many Hugs

Laurie said...

I am sooo glad she is home with her forever family. Kudos to whoever shot that video! Priceless!

kathy Martin said...

Love the video! I got major goosebumps. What a beautiful family!
Kathy
no longer waiting on Greyson

Lorraine said...

Hey there - glad all is well for you at home! We are home too - as of this past Friday thank the lord!
It was lovely to meet you and Isabella. Do stay in touch.
God bless,
Lorraine (& Jessica) xxx

Joanna said...

What an awesome video!! :)

The gFamily said...

Your family and friends were SO excited!! Very fun! Seeing all three of my kids together for the first time was very emotional and wonderful for me as well! Just the best feeling! I am sure you are still enjoying it!

Hannah said...

That is so great to have that moment on video! What a gift. Isabella is just beautiful, congratulations on bringing her home.

I love her room by the way, very cute!

Hannah

Amanda said...

All I have to say is that it made me cry!!! I love that moment when it's over and yet, just beginning. Thank you for all of our blessings. Our cups runneth over...

Much love,
Amanda and Gabi

Anonymous said...

Stacey how sweet it is, loved the video. I don't have to ask how it is, your boys are like mine, all over their little sister. Its so much fun!

Melissa

Gina & Tommy said...

Happy 11 Months Bella Grace! I love your homecoming dress! Your family is so happy that you are home! What a precious video! A treasured keepsake forever!

Love and Prayers,
Gina

Carla said...

Okay, I cried through that whole video. How absolutely precious your baby girl is. Your boys are very handsome as well.

Jaime Salas said...

I don't know your family- but I had tears streaming down my face watching your homecoming video.

Congratulations on bringing home your angel.

Amanda said...

Hello, my name is Amanda and I am currently in the process of adopting a little girl from Guatemala. I just happened upon your blog and saw this video and just cried!! I can't wait to bring my sweet girl home!! Happy Birthday to Isabella!