Thursday, September 25, 2008

We Are Back!!!!


The moment we got him

We are back!!!!! We had an amazing time in Ethiopia and are so thankful to finally have Addis with us. There are so many details to share and so many stories so we hope to post a lot either in writing or in video over the next several days. That said, our focus for now is thanking God for a successful adventure, a safe return and the reunification of our now family of five!

Addis is doing great and is living up to his reputation as a man of passion. He is a great charmer and is also really good at crying loudly! Ellie and Ansley Mills also seem to be warming to their brother and Leah and I are making the shift away from man-to-man and into our zone defense. All in all, things are good and we are just so thankful for all the prayers and encouragement that many of you have offered throughout this journey.

The chaos continues!


Addis was pretty freaked out for the first hour or so, but then he started liking us

First bath as a Carpenter

Loving his excersaucer


Ansley Mills has especially taken to her new role as big sister


The girls teaching Addis about the activity mat

19 comments:

Jennifer and Jody said...

so glad you made it back. i have been blog stalking! abe would have nothing to do with the activity mat...or pretty much any form of self entertainment. addis looks great!

The Elliott's Adventures said...

no words...just lots of chillbumps and tear. so happy for you all. can't wait to see you in a month!

L. Watson said...

The watson's are very excited for you guys and praying for ya'll in your transition to a family of 5! He's beautiful!

SuperSteve said...

Unbelievably awesome, HUGE congrats guys!!

The Albertsons said...

I just BURST into tears when I saw Tom in the picture... jumping off the couch to receive his SON! You guys... we're coming... soon... I can't wait to hang out with you! Oh okay, we'll wait til you get settled a bit. Call when you get the chance (I know... haha...).
love you FIVE!!!
becca

The Trone's: James, Misty, and Bella Grace said...

YEAH!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Tom! He is adorable. What a happy ending and a happy beginning all in one! MK

Matt Niemitz said...

Finally a post! Been waiting all week for this and now all I want it more information and video please!

Townes said...

Awesome! God is good.

JTP said...

oh how fun! great pictures- post more :-)

Paddy Link said...

How exciting! I'm glad all of you arrived home safely. I love the pictures of the girls showing their little brother the ropes! I hope on these rainy days that you all get some sleep. I can't wait to meet Addis.

David said...

So glad yall are back. Can't wait to met the little guy!

Clay and Tracy said...

What a sweet family. Thank you for sharing your journey. I have loved keeping you with all of the excitement. Any advise you have for us-we are listening! God bless!

RB said...

How awesome!!!

Purifoy Family said...

yeah- so precious!! HIlarious too- we have that exact same exersaucer and play mat... good times!

Anonymous said...

UGHHH!!! I am so excited for you guys and have been tearing up looking at Addis with the girls and seeing the joy on your faces the moment they walked him in the room!! What an incredible adventure and such a blessing from the Lord...Love you guys! can't wait to meet the little guy. Love you 5! Eicher

KCG said...

He was definitely worth the wait. Congratulations.

hollagrigga said...

omg, rock and roll

Julie Wheatley said...

Such a treat to see y'all at church! And I know you're busy, and that it's part sad, but you are just gonna have to take a good pic and replace that super cute one from the pool that's in the top right corner of your blog. why am i really writing that? i guess cause now it just looks like somebody's missing! :)