Monday, January 26, 2009

We're home!

Just a short post with some pics since I'm exhausted! Lauren's internal clock is totally out of whack and her sleeping is all off...I feel a little like a zombie right now.

We spent the last day in China finishing up our packing and relaxing a bit before taking the oath at the U.S. Consulate. Here's a couple of my favorite pics from that day...


We got home on Friday at 4:30pm Phoenix time (1:30am China time) and had such a fantastic greeting from friends and family! After two weeks living out of a hotel room with a brand new toddler in a foreign country, I was NEVER so glad to be home!!




I promise to post much more later, but it's 2am and I finally got Lauren to sleep about a half hour ago. If I don't hit the sack now and get some sleep while she is out, I'll be S O L (so out of luck)!

36 comments:

Alyson and Ford said...

Welcome Home! Grab all the sleep you can!
peace
fm

Lynn said...

I have been up with our daughter since 3:30am and just got the chance to read through your entire trip.

Lauren is such a beautiful girl and seems incredibly sweet and so very smart! Thank you so much for posting each day and allowing all of us waiting to have a chance to live vicariously though you.

Praying for your beautiful family, that you find rest, peace, and laughter each day!

Lynn

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Glad you are home! That first picture of Lauren is just precious. You can tell she is really happy.

The jet lag is SO BAD! I'm praying you get through it fast. I can't wait to see a picture of Lauren with Grandma!!

~Lynn

Carol said...

yes don't blog....sleep, sleep, sleep!!!

We were so jet lagged it took 2 whole weeks to feel NORMAL!!!

Welcome home!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love the pictures...
Looks like a WONDERFUL Homecoming..
I hear the jetlag is AWFUL..
Get some sleep...
Hugs..
The quilt is Beautiful..
Have a great week..
HAPPY CNY..

kelly said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful quilt, so happy your family is home together! I'm looking forward to reading about Lauren's adventures here!

GouGouAwu said...

Ha, I live in the "foreign country" you talk about.And here's Chinese New Year.Fireworks everywhere~~

Lindsay said...

Glad you are home safe and sound. Sweet dreams!

chicknboy said...

so glad you're home safe and sound.

the jetlag is terrible. I'll be praying you get thru it quickly. it took me about 2 weeks to feel back to normal. :(

I have snacks to bring over to you guys whenever you're ready for them. :)

Jboo said...

Welcome home!! Try to sleep whenever you can -- it takes a bit of time to get that internal clock reset! Best wishes! You have such a beautiful daughter and lovely family.

Janet

Julie said...

Welcome home!

Shelley said...

Wow, what a great thing to come home to. You have wonderful friends and family.

I consider getting back on our own time clock the 2nd biggest challenge of the adoption trip. It's a bear! But just look at your little blessing. Enjoy!

Welcome home guys! Glad you made it safe and sound.

Sara said...

Delurking to say WELCOME HOME!! Jet leg is rough, but hang in there you'll all be on track soon. :-)

Sara and Miya Mei-

Cora said...

So glad you are back safely.
Get some rest when ever you can and you will be back on a schedule before you know it.
Happy Chinese New Year!

wellworththewait said...

WELCOME HOME!!!!!!

We're so glad that you made it home with beautiful Lauren. Can't wait to hear more about lovely Lauren and your adventure to China and back.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Mark, Ann and Lily

Deb said...

Welcome home! Lauren looks just great in the pics...glad she's doing better.

Forcing yourself & Lauren into the sun each day will really help with the jetlag (no matter how much you want to sleep!)

Take care,
Deb M in MT

Ladybugsmom said...

yeah...sleep when you can I tried to stay awake during the day so I would sleep at night...mostly just sleep and rest and take care. enjoy being home with your DAUGHTER...the wait is finally over and YOU ARE A MOM. YEAH!
Emily

Kristy said...

I am so glad that all three of you are home safe and sound. Get some rest and fill us in whenever you are rested. Enjoy your daughter.

Love, Kristy

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

I am so glad to know you are home safe and sound. Rest when you can it takes a while but you will feel "Normal" again..

Hugs
Susan

Bobby said...

It really doesn’t feel real until you get home. We’re so happy for your new family. Lauren is a beautiful girl and has a bright, wonderful future ahead of her. Congratulations!

KHM said...

Welcome home. The adjustment is rough, but it gets better.

redmaryjanes said...

Welcome home sweet family!

Doreen said...

Welcome home!!!!! Boy does Lauren look good! You'll feel gross for awhile but it'll clear up soon. Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! and if you have a chance to get some vitamins into you, that help too! Looking forward to the updates!

Doreen in Montreal single mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

a Tonggu Momma said...

Congrats! Welcome home! And 新年快乐! (That means Happy New Year!)

Catherine said...

Welcome home!! So thankful that you're home and beginning your new life as a family of 3!

Congratulations friend! SO happy for you!!

hiltonsheadeast said...

Welcome home !! Where did you get the beautiful dress Lauren is wearing?

Hugs,
Lori**

Christi and Abbey said...

Love the top photo with Hello Kitty. I feel that smile has the real Lauren Elizabeth beaming through. The quilt and your homecoming was lovely. I want to learn to digiscrap someday! I am so happy to know that your mom can finally be with her daughter and granddaughter!!!!!!!!!!!! I understand the jet lag, we flew back the same day and have recovered, but it was tough!!

amyinbc said...

So glad to hear you made it safely home and to a very warm welcome!! I missed reading your blog and how you are all doing but rest up! Sleep WHENEVER you can. Let the housework BE, eat simply and just enjoy Lauren.

M3 said...

Welcome home guys!!! And happy new year. :-)

OziMum said...

So glad you're home safe, and sound! Lauren looks so happy!

Now you can get on with "really" living!

WELCOME HOME!

Karsynn's Mommy...Sammi said...

What a great journey! Welcome home. I remember that feeling of being so glad to be home but being tired out of my mind. Get lots of rest! Take care and thanks for the great journey!

Ronda said...

Donna and Joe,
Congratulations! I just read through all your posts in China. Lauren is BEAUTIFUL; so precious and darling. I have goosebumps. I can not wait to meet her-when you get up to it, please let us know when we can come visit. Ella loves to meet new friends from China.
Ronda

Karen said...

Welcome Home, Donna, Joe, and Lauren!

I miss you all like crazy...looks like Lauren did great on the flights (Kaelie did too!) and it's just so good to be HOME!

Good luck on the sleeping, rest when you can, and take care of yourselves while you rest and catch up!

Love ya! Karen

Gail said...

Welcome Home!
Lauren is looking very happy these days!
Get some rest while you can.

Kayce said...

Welcome Home guys!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Hope you are all doing well..
hope the jet lag is getting easier..
Have a great week..
Hugs..