We had a relaxing Tuesday at the hotel… packing, napping, the boys took a walk. We went to the airport around dinner time and went through all the check-in, TSA and immigration hoops. Emmanuella Ama did wonderfully, although she was tired and wanted to be held (by Mommy only) the whole time. My arms are still sore and this is Friday. Immigration went smoothly but took some time. She has really learned to trust us and it showed at the airport. She was clinging and playing with me and was a darling to all the airport/ immigration staff…. waving and telling them bye… it was so great to know that the people there all knew she was happy and going willingly with us. They were all happy for her too. The people in Ghana realize the orphan issues there and are so happy whenever a child gets a home. We had no comments about multiracial families there, only blessings from the Ghanaians. Emmanuella Ama stayed up until the plane took off which was very late for her but it allowed her to sleep almost the ENTIRE flight! When she did wake up she just relaxed in front of the TV with Sam and I in her row and fell back asleep again eventually. She did worry from time-to-time where Paul was because he was a few rows back. Once she saw him she was okay. She walked a lot more in JFK, immigration went well, she had her first train ride in the JFK airtrain. She didn’t like her car seat and the 5 point harness. She was pointing to my lap when it was nap time, but she finally fell asleep in the car seat. We arrived home to snow right after noon. She has adjusted well to the house. She is just a little wary of the cat and 2 gold fish. We’re having a great time and she is such a blessing…. taking the transition very well. Thank you all for your prayers and support through all of this. God has faithfully delivered us through the wait and what a blessed Thanksgiving we had!
Marilyn Crowell says
these pictures of your daughter are wonderful. Al & I miss your family.