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Sunday, January 06, 2008


Leaving NY..

Coming Home...


First Glimpse..
Home at last..
Daddy's Home.
Getting to know each other..
Beginning a new life together...
Daddy and his girl..
Our cup.... and our van runneth over..
Legos are universal..
Eben took off on his bike on the third try. He smiled the whole time he rode.
Joel taking his 5 yo brother for a ride..
My honey..my hero.. my best friend. Welcome Home. Mission Accomplished :o)

Our boys are home! Praise the Lord, our boys are home.

They are very sweet and very shy.
They love Legos.
They love riding their bikes.
They LOVE black pepper.
The first thing they asked to see was their room. The second was the washer and dryer.

We had a WONDERFUL day with them. They are doing beautifully with the other children, and I am so blessed to see how INCREDIBLE our other children are with them.

They love their Daddy and respect him.
They give me smiles and have let me hold them, hug them, and rub their backs.

We are so blessed!!

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and support.


Julie said...

Renee and family ... my heart is so full of joy and thankfulness to the Almighty God, who is so good and kind and merciful to bring your families together. I'm so glad to see these picture. I've said this before: when I see your family, I see Jesus. Blessings to you on this leg of the journey ... Julie (CADS Mom on SL)

Joyce said...

How thankful I am to see your pictures! What a loving family you have!!

Kim & Dave said...


So cool to see, & just what I needed to see right now!

Thanks for sharing your journey w/ us all!

KIMBO1, SL Forums

Paula said...

My eyes are filled with tears of joy for you and your family! Praise the Lord!!!

Marian said...

Praise God! Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Thanks for sharing pictures.

Dawn said...

I'm so excited for you. Your story is so encouraging and such a blessing.

Michelle said...

Congrats! What a blessed mama you are. Michelle

Ruth said...

Congratulations Renee and family!
What a wonderful day.
I had tears from the second picture, and the whole way throughthat post!

Beautiful family :o)

(ruby.e from S/L forums)

Jim & Laurel said...

Praising the Lord with you.

What a beautiful family!


Laurel :)

Anne said...

Jumping for joy to see you all together at last!! Lots of hugs from New Mexico!!

Owlhaven said...

So thrilled for you!

GOD is gracious

Mary, mom to 10

Mrs. L said...

Oh Praise God!

What sweet memories that brings back - and I'm so glad you got to experience that again.

He is so faithful!

Johanna said...

oh. my. heart.




New Life Together

Simply beautiful . . .

Yes, indeed, your cup runneth over. Praise God, the giver
of all good gifts.

Simply Beautiful...,

K said...

Tears here! Our Lord is so good.
I Love the all the photos! What a gift for all of us who have followed your journey to see these images :)
God bless your wonderful family.

5KidMom said...

This has traditionally been a hard day for me; my late husband died this day in 2000. However, you have given me reason to celebrate! I am SOOOOO happy for your growing family tonight. God is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny said...


This post had me sitting here early this morning just blubbering big old tears! Simply amazing! Congratulations on all your family being home!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!! Oh, I cannot imagine how happy you all must be. To not only welcome home your dh and daddy but to finally welcome in two new brothers!! I love you all and cannot wait to see you!

Marigrace said...

I am so happy for you all! God is so good. What a amazing way to start the new year! Thank you for the example that your family is. I love and miss you all

Monica aka Olive2Read said...

Congratulations on your family being together AT LAST! Your pictures and post have be bawling all over myself this morning. I LOVE the pictures of the rest of you waiting in anticipation. And my first thought when I saw the pictures of Joel and Eben with the other children was, "They fit. This family looks absolutely perfect together!" Many blessings to you as you begin this time of transition and adjustment.

Robin's Reports said...

God amazes me with all the awesome things He does through your willingness to obey.

Your boys are HOME!!! I just can't hardly believe it. Praise God. Jim, you did a wonderful job of paving new frontier for others to adopt in Ghana. Your advice to others is priceless.

Eben and Joel, I can't wait to meet you one day. It is wonderful to have you here. I will bring you fish and cook it for you!!
Love you guys!

Mandi, Sean, Peyton, Dylan and Parker said...

Wow, what amazing and precious photos!!! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!! At 2:00 on sunday we were all so EXCITED!!! We can't wait to meet them! We are sooo thankful, happy and filled with joy that the little guys are home!!! Hope to see you soon.
God bless,

Grateful for Grace said...

I was hoping you would post some pics, but knew you were all getting acclimated and giving them attention. I'm soooo glad they are home and we could see a glimpse of the arrival and welcome. I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face for a family I will probably never meet IRL, but am thrilled to know. God gets all the glory for Eben and Joel's arrival home. I will continue to pray as they transition. I'm so very happy for all of you!

in Christ Alone,

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee & Family,
What an incredible blessing you all are to eachother. The boys are blessed to have you all and this opportunity. Many happy prayers!
Love, Christine (Robin's sister)

Somewhere In The Sun said...

I LOVED reading this post! It was wonderful to see your family meeting each other. Congratulations!


Abby said...

Congratulations on the newest additions to your family! Every time I read about the latest child you have brought home it brings me more and more hope for our baby waiting for us in Ethiopia.

Noel said...

Congratulations you guys!
I can't keep from smiling!
Love and miss you all. ;)

Deborah said...

I was hoping you would post pictures of the first day!! How Beautiful they are.

I just LOVE that pillow in the last picture ... smile. Please show it to my cowboy and tell him that I want it back - hee-hee.

How amazing your family is. I am so very happy for you. If your house had any more love in it, I think the roof would just fly off!!
(safely, of course..)

I love and miss you.

Megan said...

Yahoojah! :) Glad everyone's safe at home!


thecurryseven said...

Oh my goodness...your pictures are so wonderful they made my cry. Congratulations to your entire, beautiful family!

Jenny said...

Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and for Eben and Joel!! I'll be praying for you!! Thank you for sharing this experience and for sharing your joy!!!

Pam said...

I am so, so, so, so happy for your family Renee!!!!

Pam/Giggly C

Amy said...

I am a friend of Deborah's and her girls. Your story is amazing. It is sooo encourageing. You are a great woman. God bless you.

Kimberly said...

Yeah!!! Praising God with you! Welcome HOME boys! May God richly bless you all!


Cindy in GA (from SL) said...

Thank you for sharing all of these beautiful moments w/ us, Renee! Congratulations to you and Jim on your new sons!

Gretchen said...

I love reading your blog and reading about your family. Adoption is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your days with us.
Take Care

votemom said...

your new sons are beautiful and precious. i'm rejoicing with all of you. (i'm a friend of pam's)

Adam and Cynthia said...

Yeah!!! The boys are home! A friend sent me your blog and I have SO enjoyed watching this journey unfold!! (your hubby is a riot) I loved reading all the posts! What a blessed family you have - God is SO good and faithful! We have two miracles from China - so I know all about the "call" to adopt and if we could I would have a housefull like you guys!! Thanks for allowing all of us "outsiders" to enjoy the journey with you!

Cynthia Farley

Kami said...

What an amazing family you have. I found your blog through a friends blog. I have really enjoyed reading about your journey and your blogs are so encouraging and uplifting. You are such an inspiring family and what a blessing that is to all the readers. Huge Praises to Jesus for all He has done in your family! Can't wait to read more.

Brianna Heldt said...

these pics brought tears to my eyes, your family is so beautiful and i'm so glad that i found your blog a couple of years ago! you're always an inspiration, God bless you!!!

Foxy5 said...

Tears are streaming down my face... my heart is overjoyed for you and your family. May God continue to pour out His blessings upon you as you grow together into a bigger, happy family.
I love the picture of your crowded van. Something about it just makes me smile. :)
Happy bonding.

Mary Grace said...


Tana (worldmom) said...

They're beautiful, Renee! I'm so glad to see them home, safe and sound, and to see your big happy family enjoying every moment with them! :o)

All 8 of Us said...

Rejoicing with you...Your cup runneth over--great is His faithfulness!!
Blessings to you during this time of transition :)
Warmly, Kathi (we met on SL and then again on the adoptafrica board- adopted 2 children from Liberia in 12/06)

~ Angi :) said...

oh ~ words cannot express what bubbles up within my heart as I view these photos.

God's glory revealed . . .


the ewings said...

Singing God's praises with you. Praying that your transition continues to go smoothly!

Blessings, Chris

Anonymous said...

Hey Renee,
We were all just thinking as we were looking at the pics for the hundredth
time that you will finally be able to change you, "about me" thing at the top of your blog! GOD IS AWESOME!!!!
Much Love,
The Cousins. :0)

Rachel Marie said...

Congratulations!! What a blessing to have this beautiful family! I don't even know you and I'm crying with joy for you right now! May God bless you in the huge, but wonderful calling of raising these children for his glory!!

Life in Fitzville said...

Thanks for your comment. It really means a lot!

And it reminded me to check in here... I knew your boys were on their way home, but wasn't sure of the date... Congratulations to all of you!

I was teary looking through all those pictures.

Bobbie said...

God is sooooooooooooooo awesome!!
I have been reading your blog since it was posted on Making Home. I am a friend of Jess.

Please pray for me and my family, we are facing a similar situation locally. The obstacles are overwhelming. But the main thing is we are obeying God. I know He will work it out.


Jennelle said...

I am so happy for you and your family. Praise God that the boys are home [finally!]

I know that not only myself appreciates all of your blog entries and the wonderful pics as well.

Thank you!