Monday, September 13, 2010

Home Sweet Home

After 2 near accidents on the hotel shuttle, 28 hours of travel with NO sleep, four airports, three planes and way too many security checks, we made it home!

It was refreshing to land in the USA and have so many people excited and interested to know all about Hattie. When we first landed, a woman came up to us in the immigration/baggage claim area and said she had been sitting across from us. (I knew this, I could do NOTHING else but hold a sleeping baby and people watch) She said, all the people around us were talking about how tenderly we cared for Hattie and how good she was on the plane. I thought that was sweet of her to share.

I must admit, Hattie was PERFECT. I would have been crying if I were her to be traveling for 28 hours and to have to be contained the whole time. She NEVER fussed or cried. She was easy going and either slept, ate Cheerios, played with the airline food and plastic utensils, or read the Duty Free Magazine.

I was going a bit crazy as she wouldn't go to Kory and I thought my arms were going to fall off my body. But how could I complain?

When we did land in Chicago, we had to go through Immigration and then to an area to file Hattie's Brown Envelope, which we were given in China.

We boarded the last plane to TC and that flight was a breeze-it was only 39 minutes. What a treat! We landed in lots of fog and when we got off the plane, we were so tired, I think we just were numb. Of course, we were happy to be home and excited to see everyone, but we felt just flat and out of it. I spotted a group of people from afar and balloons and waved, and then heard my mom tell the boys they could come see us. They ran towards us and I set a sleepy Hattie(dressed in a pink tutu and silk Chinese top:) ) on the ground and the boys were all over her. She was all smiles and happy to have the attentions. She walked towards our small group and they clapped, she never seemed nervous or scared. She took it all in.

We will write more later, but we wanted to let you all know that we made it home safely. Our neighbors brought us dinner last night and it was delicious. Turkey Chili, corn bread, salad and cookies, it really hit the spot. Hattie was feeding Culley her corn muffins (oh, boy!!) and she just really fits right in to our family. We were worried that the noise and chaos in our house with two boys might be too much for her, but she doesn't mind it a bit. She sits right down on the floor and plays with them and they both fawn all over her. Hayden walked around all day saying, "Hattie, you are awesome!" Culley, just kept saying, "Welcome Home, Hattie."

All is well here at our house. We are happy to have made it safely to and from China. We feel so thankful and blessed. Thanks again for your prayers, we are confident that is the only reason our trip was such a success.

We leave you with a few new pictures. We will keep writing, so check back soon!


  1. How wonderful to hear that you are home!!!! Try and get some the real fun begins.

    Love, Laura

  2. Glad you made it home safely! Dianne shared your blog link w/ me so I've been following along on your trip to China. Hopefully I'll get to meet your newest addition sometime in the near future. :)

  3. Yay! So glad you're home. I've loved reading your posts each day, and am looking forward to continued blogging from you. Can't wait to see a photo of all three together!