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coming home {at the airport}

It seems like months ago…but it was just 11 days ago that Sunshine was coming home.

We were scheduled to meet them at the Lincoln airport at 6:30 pm.  We had the airport party planned.  Unfortunately, Mr. P and the girls missed their connecting flight in Denver (couldn’t get through customs quick enough) and our plans were thwarted.   Fortunately, they were able to still make it out of Denver that night on a later flight!  But coming in at 11pm was less than ideal.  Some of our welcome home crew came to the airport to find an empty party.  I had to pull 3 exhausted little people out of bed to drive to the airport to meet their new sister.  But all in all…they made it HOME and that is all that really matters.  And even at midnight…we were still surrounded by quite a crowd of love and encouragement.  We are so blessed!

These images are a huge gift.  A friend took these for us and I will always treasure them.  I see so much joy in the faces of all the people who loved Sunshine before they ever saw her in person.  And I see so much sadness, exhaustion, panic in the face of a little girl whose world changed overnight.   Shell shocked and jet lagged…there were no smiles that night.  But by God’s grace she woke up happy the next morning ready to take on the world!

Enjoy the pictures!  There were so many to choose from…so I’ll let you scroll through and re-live the night with me!

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I hope someday Sunshine will look at these MANY photos and see a family of people who have loved her from the beginning.  I hope she’ll see HER people.  Those that love her unconditionally and those she trusts.  It takes a village as they say…and she has an army of people on her side ready to take on life!!!

March 25, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Leslee - oh i love these…the one with her and paul…oh my…such love. so happy for your whole family.

March 25, 2013 - 10:24 pm

tara - these are so sweet. one of my favorite little moments, is the big group photo….danny’s hand holding onto helina’s arm <3

March 25, 2013 - 10:40 pm

Andrea - MELT. So thankful she is home!!! Oh my…I have to say I’m most impressed that your husband managed to get a hair accessory in Sunshine’s hair and brush Anna’s hair!!! SO IMPRESSED by his daddy skills!

March 25, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Diana - Oh, these made me cry. So much emotion can be felt in these pictures. That look on her face as shelooks over your shoulder? You can see her world changing. May she feel all of that love aound her every day. God bless your beautiful family of 7, Jenn! And special blessings for Helina!

March 25, 2013 - 11:14 pm

Ta Phillips - What a treasure of photos. Made my day. Thanks for sharing.

March 26, 2013 - 8:27 am

nic - such a sweet homecoming! i love how God has surrounded your family with such beautiful folks. praying for your days, my friend.

March 26, 2013 - 9:14 am

Jessica - Love these! Such emotion. Love how Danny is reaching out to her and love Sam in your family photo where he looks like he’s going “Hooray! We got her!” :))) Praying over your sweet family during the transition.

March 26, 2013 - 11:41 am

Kristin - We didn’t get to have an airport party, since we flew into an airport 2.5 hours from home and had to drive the rest of the way. So, I am always jealous when I see these. How wonderful to be surrounded by everyone who waited with you. You are right, though, she looks a little overwhelmed by it all. But one day, she’ll treasure these.

March 26, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Angela H - Fun Jenn! Thanks for sharing! I love all the kids coordinating shirts. Very cool.

March 26, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Kristen - Good times were had by all. Well, ok, maybe not Helina. But we’re gonna party Saturday, and that will be much better for her! Thanks for sharing the photos! Hugs to all!!!

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