We are finally home! The fact that it has taken us 2 weeks to blog, should explain a little bit of how crazy and exhausting our days have been. Overall, it has been good...just a lot of adjustments.
I'll try to rewind a bit. We all survived the 14 1/2 hour flight from Hong Kong to Chicago and Emily became a US citizen as soon as our plane touched down. YAY! We had a brief layover and the excitement grew because we were so close to seeing Caleb & Karis and our family and friends. Thankfully, our flight to Little Rock was only 1 1/2 hours. There really are not words to explain how amazing it felt to hug and kiss our children that we had been apart from for way too long! They were so sweet to welcome Emily and she responded well to them (which has been an answer to our prayers). We were also welcomed by family and friends at the airport that did an amazing job of making us feel loved and missed!
The weekend was a blur as we were battling jet lag but we were just so glad to be home and in our own beds. Our sweet friends had also showered our home with love by making sure the house was clean, decorated with signs and balloons, stocked our fridge and pantry, and posted scripture everywhere (which I've loved). And we have been receiving amazing meals from friends 3 times a week. What a blessing!
The weekend flew by and we had to start school on Monday (because the curriculum we were using required our first day to begin August 16th)! CRAZY!!! Unfortunately, after a week of trying this curriculum plan, we "jumped ship" and decided to go a different route with homeschooling. :) Also, within the first week of being home, Caleb came down with strep throat (thankfully, no one else has gotten it).
Our second week, we took a little break from school and just let the children enjoy playing with Emily and that allowed us to "catch our breath" a bit. We had a couple of doctors appointments for Emily...which is the beginning steps for her cleft palate surgery (we'll explain more about that later).
So, that's a brief summary of what's been going on and a few "excuses" of why our blog has been neglected. :) Our next post will include more details about Emily...which I'm sure is what you have been waiting for.