Monday, September 8, 2008

THE Post One Year in the Making...

She's ours! This has been the most breathtaking, life-changing (and exhausting) day EVER!

Where do I begin? We got to SLC at 10 a.m., along with Tami and Bobby. Around 10:15, there she was... WOW, she's even cuter than she was in May. I immediately offered her the bracelet of mine she liked to play with three months ago. She was happy about that. She was definitely overwhelmed and a little upset with the situation. In fact, there was only one thing that caught her attention and would soothe her instantly. Her Dad. It was UNBELIEVABLE. She lunged out of my arms and into his, and hasn't left them since.



We left SLC and took a cab back to the hotel for our things and onto the High Speed Rail. She did well as long as Daddy was holding her. And then, it happened. 5 hours after we were united, she gave her dad a big old smile and giggle. I think he may have melted.

We got to Taipei and checked in and she had a little nap.

She's the most beautiful little girl I've ever seen. I can't wait to get her home to her brothers.

And, for those of you still waiting--the reality is WAY better than the dream.

50 comments:

Andrea said...

She's beautiful Jackie! Congratulations to you all on such a wonderful day!

Tamara said...

Hooray!

I'm so happy for your family. Have a safe trip back.

Tamara

William's Family said...

Amazing stuff... I am so happy for you guys and for Lucy. I'm so happy to see the culmination of your long journey and to know you're now on the hereafter side of things. A very hearty CONGRATULATIONS to your new family of 5!!!

Oh, and how cute is your new daughter? I can't get over that charming face.

Barbara said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for all of you. She is a cutie pie.

lorabelle said...

Jackie,
I'm at loss for words...
She is beautiful & happy and you are Jeff are doing great! What more can you ask for???
Congratulations At Last!!!!
Lora & Allie

Cindy said...

I love the smile - she's destined to be a daddy's girl! You all look wonderful!!

Cindy
http://adopttaiwan.wordpress.com

Rita Andrews said...

Hi Jacki I have been reading your blog for a while...Im on the Reeces Rainbow yahoo group with Tami. Im so happy that you have your beautiful little girl!!!What a joy it is. I have had 3 Gotcha days with our 4 daughters and the tears still flow when i see other families finally united!!! God bless you and your family.

chad&mary said...

ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING!!!!!! I have chills!!!! Congrats to your family and enjoy every precious moment! TOTAL DADDY'S GIRL!!! It gets worse, trust me! He will never want to let go!

Mary Hecky

Mom to the King said...

I am so incredibly happy for you!!! What a beautiful family and such a cute Daddy's little girl. :)

Tami and Bobby Sisemore Family said...

Amen to that last statement! Reality is way better than the dream!! :) So happy she laughed and smiled! Noah is not doing as well here though.

I so enjoyed sharing this day with yall

Blessings
Tami
Noah's Mommy
www.tillGodbringsthemhome.blogspot.com

wtzhpnn said...

So Traci got up for work and I couldn't wait to go on the CPU and read read read!!!  She is so adorable...!!!

Tisra said...

PERFECT!

Michelle said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm giddy happy for all of you! :)

Sally said...

OH My Goodness!
So happy to see her in your arms!!!!
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
Sally

Lori & Michael said...

I am so so happy for you. What beautiful pictures and Lucy looks cuter than ever. Have a good trip home to unite Lucy with her brothers!

Lori

Texas Piglets said...

I've been waiting for this post!!! Even checked at 4:38am this morning! Dad, you're going to have to write new lyrics for your song. You know where Lucy is now...in your arms. So great so great!
Jeri

Dawn said...

She is so precious!! I am SO happy for you and your family. LOVE HER UP!!

marina said...

Ok, you got me! I'm in tears! She looks happy - and that is wonderful she is a Daddy's girl! It must be surreal to have her with you now. Congratulations! She looks great!

The Robison Family said...

Jackie,
Your story has been an inspiration for so many of us just beginning our journey.I don't know you, but oh, how I teared up seeing you all finally united as a family! Looking forward to when you get home and Lucy meets the boys! Did you lay awake and watch her sleep? Beautiful ending to your story!

Julie T said...

OHMIGOD. FINALLY.
Yes, like most of your blog readers, I am crying tears of joy.
The pictures we have all been waiting for are here. This is absolutely incredible. I am so excited for you guys. This is the best news ever. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.
She is beautiful.

Rebecca said...

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie!!!

You have me crying big puddles all over my computer. I am SO OVERJOYED!!!

She is beautiful! And even more beautiful in her mama and daddy's arms! You have ARRIVED!

Give that precious Lucy some extra squeezes for all of Blogland. :)

Many blessings,
Rebecca

Dawn - AB Family said...

Hurray, Hurray!!!!
What a fantastic day for all of you. Finally it has happened :) :) :)
Dawn
Canada

Jennifer & Jeff Kitzmiller said...

OMG! We have been following your blog for awhile and are so happy to see you have your daughter! She is BEAUTIFUL! So sweet how she is with her Daddy. Congrats to you both!

David and Janalee said...

So happy she is finally in your arms to stay.
Congratualtions!
JAnalee
Maya's momma Chung Yi 2006
www.together--forever.blogspot.com

Michele said...

We're a FEC waiting family and we've been following your journey for awhile. It's so great to see you united as a family. She is cute...love those little lips. Enjoy every second.

Michele

Teresa said...

WOW!!! That is all I can say. We have ALL been waiting to share this day with you for so long. I'm so happy for you, Jackie and Jeff. Love you, Lucy! Welcome home, baby girl!!!!
Love and blessings,
Teresa

American in Norway said...

Congratulations! I found you by way of Andrea. I have goose bumps... I am thrilled for you. She is BEAUTIFUL!

Deborah said...

So incredible! I loved the pictures of your first day together. Now I can't wait to see the ones where she meets her brothers.

Best wishes for the rest of your journey.

Kathy said...

Big congratualtions, and you say it well in that the reality is so much better than the dream... I like to say that there are a lot of moments in life that we build up so much that the reality is a let down, but this not one of them... it doesn't dissappoint. You make a beautiful family...

Kathy

The Becks Family said...

Jackie,
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that photo of Lucy with Daddy. A daddy's girl after just 5 hrs. How cute. She is a DOLL!!
Holli

cambria said...

congratulations jackie and family!

Suzi Hill said...

Congrats!!! I'm bawling looking at the pics. She is SOO BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy your trip home!

Michelle said...

I linked over from Sarah's blog. Congratulations on your special, special day!!! Lucy is beautiful!!!

Andrea said...

Oh my GAWD. Those pictures are amazing. She's so precious. I'm sooo happy for you. It seems like a dream -- i can't imagine how you guys must be feeling. So thrilled your family is now complete!

Love and kisses to all,

Andrea

Joe&MichelleLiss said...

Hooray Jackie! I am so glad you guys are FINALLY together!

Julie T said...

I keep watching the pictures over and over!

The Yu Family said...

I am so happy for your family and for little Lucy! I have been following your site waiting for this day to come! You guys look like such a happy family. Lucy is adorable! Congratulations!

Ani said...

Finally! Congratulations!!!!

Tsang Family said...

Jackie,
Lucy looks so much bigger and so much happier since we saw her over seven months ago. Can you believe she's finally in your arms after all of that waiting. So happy to see her so happy! Hope things keep on going well and your flight home is smooth and easy!! Lori

momwithfaithandhope said...

Breathtaking!!! Absolutely breathtaking! Gracyn has the same dress and shoes!! We may have to do a "twinny" outfit day when we come visit! Enjoy this time Jackie!

Tiff

Mel said...

Congratulations Jackie & Family! We'll probably never know (and certainly never understand) the reason(s) for the incredibly long wait, but here you are at last...with Lucy in your arms where she belongs!!! I'm so, so happy for you! Yes, I'm crying...but they ARE happy tears! =)

Mel

Becky, Dean, Drew & Luci said...

At last! Reminds me of our first Gotcha Day! My oldest daughter wanted nothing to do with me while in China and though she'll always be a Daddy's girl, I get plenty of love from her now! And so will you! Congratulations on the tear-bringing news! So very happy for you!!

Sarah said...

42 comments! (laughing out loud!) I've been waiting all day to come home from work and see these photos. Apparently you've had all kinds of people just like me waiting to see them too! Heehee! Wow. She grew so much and her hair is so thick and pretty. Wow. I love the little wave in the middle of the night. It will take some work... but oh wow... that just shows you that everthing is gonna be alright. I love it that she thinks daddy is all right to hang around with. Love it. Wish Kevin were home to see this.

Ann said...

I can't believe it's finally happened. FINALLY you have your little LUCY and you never have to leave without her again. I am so happy for you. She's beautiful and now she has her forever family. Congratulations!!!

Lynn said...

Oh Happy Day Jackie!! She is even more adorable if that is even possible!

Steve n Coco said...

Wow. It's really happening and it's beautiful!
Courtney

Wendy said...

Fantastic!!!

Kelly said...

Here via Andrea at Blogging Mama...but have been here before... congratulations on finally having Lucy and your family complete!!

Sarah k said...

Man am I late getting here..lol..
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She is so beautiful and just plain wonderful!!!! Her smiles are contagious and I bet she has a laugh to match!!!

Sarah k.
Taiwankiddo2@yahoo.com

Paula said...

Jackie,

We are so happy for you and your family. Lucy is a doll face and I just want to scoop her up and eat her! I can't wait to meet her! Julia thinks she is adorable!!!

Congratulations! Have a safe trip home!