Saturday, August 7, 2010

Home At Last!

Getting off the plane……………
Family of Seven! Finally reunited!
Peanut and Big Brother
We’re Home!
Touring the house.  Joseph’s new room!
The Grand Tour!
Meeting Aunt Holly and Crew! Go Chelsea!
So many firsts!  A dilly bar from Grandpa, then the ice cream truck.  The neighbor kids couldn’t resist and a they bought Joseph a push up pop! 
Great friends already!  We are so blessed!!!
Some of the new cousins!
Notice the Uganda currency, the ice cream man didn’t take it! Ha!
What a beautiful, crazy and overwhelming day!  We were greeted at the airport by Grandma and Grandpa B, Grandpa Gillies (a surprise who came from Reno) and of course Shawn and the kids.  We made it through immigration biting our nails.  At the last minute I noticed the passport b-day is different than the other b-day we have on the immigration paperwork.  Talk about scary, but no one seemed to notice.  After getting home we were blessed to have some welcome home signs all over the house compliments of our wonderful neighbors and friends.  At this point Beau would not stop talking!  Joseph, “Have you ever had a waffle?   Joseph, do you like chocolate milk?  Joseph, do you like your room”?  It’s good Joseph loves kids and could handle the 50 million questions!  We then took a tour of the house.  Joseph’s bedroom looked great.  When I left it was a storage room and Shawn did a great job getting things ready and our good friend bought him bedding.  After that we had many visitors and just hung out outside. Joseph was quite overwhelmed and getting very tired, but I made him stay up until 8:30PM.  I cannot express the joy that I feel having him here.  We are complete, yet I still have a hole in my heart knowing we left his brother and sister behind.  We are committed to helping them in any way and will maintain contact with them as much as the center they live at will allow.  What a blessing to reunite with them, but how hard to seem them apart again.
F and Big Brother
Brother G…………


Wild Olive said...

Love it! Love, love, love it! Love seeing him home with his brothers and sisters. SO glad you both made it home. His Ugandan brother and sister are precious!

Anonymous said...

A modern day miracle. Wish so badly I could have been a part of it - at least to clean your house and get it ready or SOMETHING!!! So grateful everything worked out and can't wait to meet your beautiful boy. I can only imagine the emotions your going through. Eager to talk as soon as your ready - let me know. I know it will take some time, but I'm here and love you so much!

Shauna said...

Love this all! I saw your pics on facebook last night right before I went to bed and dreamt about your family - I can not remember what it was but I was so very happy for you all. Kinda funny that I have never met you, yet am sharing in your joy! Thanks for sharing!

Praying that God makes a way to keep the ties with his siblings in UG.

Cheryl said...

GLORY to the LORD!!! It's SO wonderful to see Joseph in your home and loving on his siblings! I am full of joy for you all!

I, too, pray you are able to stay in contact with his siblings in Uganda.

Anonymous said...

So glad you made it home! Everyone looks so happy. Please just let me know what I can do to help. I'm so happy for you! Robin

Andrea Boshard said...

Jackie updated us on this wonderful news. I can't brlieve your dream finally came true! You are an amazing woman and Joseph is so lucky to have you and Shawn for his parents. I have been praying for you since last summer when you began this ordeal. I knew if anyone could pull this off---you could. Good luck to you and let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help.
Love, Andrea Boshard

Linda said...

Just saw the pictures of the enlarged Gillies family...what a beautiful sight. You and Shawn are amazing. Joseph looks like he belongs..So happy for you all. Can't wait to meet Joseph.
I just wish his brother and sister and grandma were here too.
Love you lots.

Deb said...

what a gorgeous story. I keep looking at the pictures over and over!! Amen God!

The McLane Blog Page: said...

We are so excited Joseph is finally home! SO cool!

Jason Carson said...

That picture of Peanut and Joseph brings tears to my eyes every time I see it! :) ~Jason