The very first moment we saw each other again. A huge smile for me!
Makaio and I are home. So thankful to be home, so jet lagged and tired, but adjusting well. The trip was both uneventful and smooth and at the same time so hard. I didn't expect to be so solitary the entire time and that was rough. It really is such a big help emotionally and physically to have other families to meet up with and talk with and help each other out, but that just wasn't the case this time. The guest house I stayed at was okay but was so lonely as everyone else who was staying there had their own schedule to keep and so it was just Kai and I for hours on end. The Embassy appointment was flawless and they got the Visa packet to me on time by Friday, so that was all wonderful. Friday afternoon I became very, very sick with food poisioning and had a really long night of vomiting and caring for Kai. The next day was spent trying to rest and recover and pack up. They took me to the airport 4 hours early which began our 32 hour trip home. The first leg of the trip was the worst. We were seated next to a very young man who was so rude and made sitting for 6 hours so hard. He kept leaning into our chair and falling asleep and I kept trying to push him back and was so frustrated. Makaio had the hardest time since it was the middle of the night and he was exhausted and cried and screamed for an hour straight and I cried too. Finally the flight ended and the rude guy got into the aisle and was getting his bag down and dropped it onto our heads! It hit me mostly, thank God, but poor baby had a red bump on his head for a good while. I just lost it then and was crying when this sweet woman stopped and asked how we were and I lost it even more. She was truly a God-send as she helped me with my bags and got us off the plane and then walked us all the way to our next gate. I was quite worried about the next flight as it was our longest, 11 hours. I honestly didn't think I'd be able to make it through without a basinet seat for him so I asked the counter if they could possibly change my seat. The counter guy was nice and told me it was really too late to do anything and I said okay but was so disappointed. Then about 10min. later I heard my name called and he said, I changed your seat, here's your new boarding pass! I was SO thankful. So the 11 hour flight was not too bad since he could lay down and sleep. We got home on time and it was the best thing in the world to see my family waiting for us at the airport. We are all ajusting well, Zach and Ayana love their brother and it feels so good to be in this new phase of our family life. Thank you for all your prayers and support....more pictures to come!