Friday, February 14, 2014

Life as 8.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Hill Photography
Eight! We are finally a family of 8!!
I have so many things I want to share. So many little moments. A few big moments. Lots of pictures. It's a bit overwhelming! I think I'll do details for the first day and then a few things that have gone on since then.
Day One (Wednesday the 5th)
My parents, Matt's parents, the kids, our friend/photographer, and I got up at 4:30 to drive 2 hours to wait an hour to see them walk in. It was awesome! The hugs exchanged by our 6 kids was adorable. After 13 weeks of skyping, they knew one another and had played and made faces and showed them their room and did air hugs... they were brothers and sisters already. Isaac and John Terry met Gramps, Granny, PaPa, and Grandma and gave sweet hugs and quiet "hellos" all while our amazing photographer snapped precious photos (thanks for coming Cynthia!) John Terry and Titus held hands immediately as if they had been best friends for years. They kids walked in two rows of three through Dulles Airport! The girls handed the boys icicles as we walked through the parking lot with freezing rain dropping on our heads...
Welcome to America! Haha.
Adding two more people to the van somehow made it take twice as long to hook in and twice as long to get out, but not twice as long to get shoes off to play in to the play area!
Trinity, John Terry, Azriel, Titus, Isaac, and Emma
The laughter was contagious. The screams were loud. The chasing and running and piling up on the slide would make most first time moms panic! We got sausage biscuits for all the kids, but we could have had Isaac and John Terry share... one at the sausage and the other ate the biscuit. Who knew?
Our two hour drive home consisted of a lot of "When we get home?" from two excited boys.
Home was worth the wait. They were given a tour by the whole crew and then let loose to jump, play piano, dress up like superheroes, and fill up their cups with ice and water. They love ice!
We forced a quiet time for all six kids, but only the boys (plus Mom and Dad) slept. I'm sure glad we did because our welcome party was packed and full of people we love to hang out with!

Here is a video so you can feel like you were there! Mark had Emma carry a mini camera in with her so you could see what we see :) John Terry ate up the attention, but Isaac was a little more reserved. Eventually, he did start playing and running around with all the other kids. Thank you to everyone that came out and to those that couldn't make it, but that prayed for us and supported us.
 They are here! Thank you LORD!

After all that craziness and fun, we crashed for our first night sleeping under the same roof.
I had a friend message me this morning with...
"How are you? How are things? Give me the good, the bad and the ugly.

Did you know we adopted a baby? You didn't? Me either! John Terry is not the baby of the family. He is the smallest by less than five pounds, but he is two months older than Titus. You would think he was 9 months old the way his older sisters take care of him. They carry him. They fill his water. They take his plate in. They ask for more food for him when he doesn't speak up. They help him get all his gear on in the morning. They put his shoes away for him. I think you get it, but I could go on. This, my friends, he loves, but his mean mom is not allowing it to continue. I'm so thankful that Trinity, Emma, and Azriel enjoy helping. I am. Really. I don't mind them being with him while they teach him to do certain task, but that boy is getting told in Luganda by his older brother to stop being a baby... and he's right! We all like to be taken care of. In the Williams' house, we take care of things together. Many hands make light work and he will grow to love the sense of accomplishment with a  big hug from momma when he does his best.

Kindles and DSs are fun.
Mom and Dad saying times up is not fun.

Send them my way and I'll try to answer them in the next post!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Desiree, I am just researching adoption. Did you use an agency? If you could send me info that would be awesome. Congrats on having your family together!!!