Home at last!

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Harry being silly at almost midnight waiting for his little sister to arrive. I told him his eyes might stick that way!
My friend Shannon who came to welcome the gang home.

Me and my friend Amber. We are killing time waiting for the very delayed flight!

Harry's kindergarten class made this great banner to welcome home Baby Kate. Harry did all of the big writing. Thank you Mrs. Bear and Miss Kristi! The boy in the middle is one of Will's best friends (Logan). It was so nice of him to stay up late and come meet Will at the airport.

One last shot of Harry and Mom before the rest of the family arrive.

I see them coming off the plane but I am not allowed to run past that guard to get to my family.

Oh, I see my baby!

Here they are!

Hello, sweet angel!

Kate Emerson smiled immediately at Harry. She knows a good egg when she sees one.

The moment I have been waiting for. Kate let me hold her easily. She did not cry at all and she acted as though she has known me all of her life.

We are checking each other out. I LOVE what I see!

Checking out Harry again.

Harry's first stab at being a big brother. We were about to head to baggage claim and he stopped me and said, "Mom, can I hold her?"

Our family.

Last night was absolutely magical. The flight was very delayed so they did not get in until just minutes before midnight. Kate Emerson is such a calm, mellow and sweet baby. She was not overwhelmed at all. She let me hold her right away and she did not cry or reject me. She went easily into her car seat and babbled and ate a blueberry muffin for half the trip home. She slept for the second half. Everyone showered (after 30 hours of travel they needed it) and got ready for bed. I had the opportunity to give Kate a bottle (picture to come). We went to bed at about 3 a.m.. We thought Kate was not feeling well this morning so we went to the pediatrician. She has a 103.5 fever and an ear infection. Poor thing. We are all going on about 3 hours sleep but we are so thrilled. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us and supported us on this journey. I cannot tell you the peace and joy that I am feeling right now. Thank you to Shannon, Janie and Amber for coming to the airport with me! I want to especially thank my "cyber-friends" from Yahoo and RQ. You all have been so supportive and you know exactly what I have been going through. My "real life" friends and family have been incredible too. I cannot wait to share Kate with each and everyone of you.


  1. More tears of happiness! All is right in the world today!!!!!

    (soon to be Mommy to Zoey)

  2. Congratulations! What a beautiful family. Emma's been home just 6 days and I know what a thrill it is to finally have your daughter home. Enjoy every minute! Hope you get some rest...we are still working on that (and I haven't even had a chance to update our blog...you're amazing!).

  3. Oh my, I just completely lost it at the "oh I see my baby" picture, so glad you are all together now! How precious - 2 gotcha days!!

  4. I am GIDDY with excitement! Oh my gosh! I am so happy for you! Yay!!

  5. YAY..home at last. So happy for all of you....

  6. Kim,
    Congratulations to your family! Your daughter is absolutely precious, you have a lovely family and I'm glad you are all togther again!! Thanks for taking the time to share your photos and feelings, it means sooo much to us that are waiting and longing for that day! It's been so emotional for me to read your posts (and I dont know you!) and I appreciate you sharing your journey! I'm sure it was amazing to hold YOUR DAUGHTER in your arms! Congratulations!

  7. What amazing, wonderful, special pictures capturing a once-in-a-lifetime moment!

    Congratulations to all of you!


  8. Kim, Dave, Will & Harry!
    Congratulations and welcome back home with your adorable daughter, and sister Kate Emerson. It has been such a blessing to follow your journey to China and back. Thank you for sharing your very special family and your "road" to Kate via your special blog! We celebrate with you!!!!
    Blessings & Happy Easter!
    -The Rouse Family
    (Diana, Jeff, Ainsley, & Ruby waiting for us in Jiangxi)

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!! Great pictures - you are beaming :)

  10. Yay!!! Finally! Oh, Kim- I am SO excited and happy for you! You and Kate are so beautiful together! The photo sequence was perfect, and I can't wait to see more!

    Congratulations, your daughter is HOME!!!

    xoxo, Shana

  11. I also have tears of joy for your now complete family! I have been looking forward to seeing Mommy and Kate together. What a beautiful moment. With patience, God achieves everything.

    I hope little Kate is feeling better.

    Sending you our love and congratulations and thanks for letting us peek into your lives.

    Lisa, Tim, Jack and Lily Lu from Nanfeng

  12. Beautiful - congratulations to finally having your family together. What a wonderful feeling it must be - it just beams from all of you!

  13. Oh Kim!! I just got to see your pictures and they are priceless. Kate Emerson is such a beautiful baby. Hope she is feeling well soon. How wonderful you will get to be together for Easter. Many blessing to your family.


  14. God is great all time; all the time God is great!! I just cannot think of a more deserving family! I love you all and I hope to come visit soon!

    Congratulations on being one big happy family at last!

  15. I am so happy for all of you! I just knew that Kate would go right to you, and immediately begin to bond with her mom. The photo of you and Kate looking at each other is so beautiful. I know you will treasure each and every moment! My you now rejoice that Kate is home for Easter! What a miracle! Many blessings, now and always.


  16. I am so excited for all of you! It has been such a blessing to watch this homecoming unfold. Kim, the pictures were priceless.


  17. Yep-I have tears in my eyes looking at your pictures !
    Now that's a beautiful family-complete with all 3 peanuts.
    Enjoy finally being all together.

  18. I love the picture of mom & daughter checking each other out...CONGRATULATIONS to you all...family together at last...a new journey begins.

    Wishing the best,


  19. Wow! How incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a special moment with all of us.

    My goosebumps have goosebumps!

    Happy, Happy, Easter to all of you....together...the way it was meant to be!


  20. AAAAAAHHHHHH!!! I know I just posted a comment on the last entry, but when I saw your first family photos I just had to post again. What treasured moments you've shared with us here. Prayers to you all for a "forever family" future filled with endless joy and love.

    Beth in WI
    Lid 10/26/05

  21. Congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us out here in cyberland. You have such a beautiful family and I it brought tears to my eyes seeing you all united. May you continue to be this blessed.


  22. Oh my gosh - you are simply poetic! I love reading your blog :-)

    Congratulations - you have a precious baby and a beautiful family!

  23. oh my gosh that couldn't have been more perfect!!! :)

    i'm so excited for your whole family!! good luck with everything!

    Jenna :)

  24. Unbelievable Kim! I am crying tears of happiness right now as I have looked and looked at your pictures. What an unbelieveable moment! I smiled when you wrote that Kate came to you so quickly - I knew she would because you sent a big part of you to China to get her and they represented you so wonderfully well...down to the bows in her hair every day!

    Praising God with you - He has done great things!

    Autumn Dreamer
    LID 10/28/05
    Waiting for Katie

  25. Kim & Dave,
    I just wanted you to know how happy we are for you. Your journey has been an amazing one. Baby Kate is just absolutely precious. You can see in the pictures how relaxed and comfortable she is. Especially with her big brothers. I have been able to resist the urge to comment until now. Your mom may have told you I've been asking her for updates and I've been reading your entries and enjoying your pictures everyday. I know we're probably not the closest of step-sisters but I am just so overjoyed for you. Being adopted myself I know how blessed Baby Kate will feel as she grows up and that feeling will grow as she grows. I wish my dad could be here to meet his first granddaughter but I know he's smiling down on all of you today. I hope Baby Kate is feeling better soon. I wish you all the joy, peace and happiness you so deserve. Congratulations!!!
    With Prayers & Love,

  26. Congratulations! We are so happy for you, all the waiting was worth the while. God had his own plan and Kate was meant to be your precious little girl. So glad she seems to be settling in nicely. We love all the pictures. Have a Happy Easter!

    Ashton, Aunt Doonie & Uncle Moon


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