Saturday, May 28, 2011

Meeting

We slept fairly well on Friday night considering that in less than 24 hours we would FINALLY be meeting the rest of our family. We were in the Marriot in Manila and breakfast was sumptuous to say the least. Yes, we all ate breakfast! It's a good thing we did because we haven't eaten since and it's now 10 pm at night here.

We were ready to go by 9:30 am. The shuttle picked us up for our last flight of this journey -- a flight taking us to the beautiful island of our daughters' birth.

Our seats were together on the plane. We were all running a gamut of emotions. Excited, nervous, wondering...

It was another uneventful flight -- the shortest, yet longest one yet!

Baggage claim was near the exit doors. There they were, outside, just behind the gates, dressed in the pink dresses and hairbands we sent them. Forget the luggage! I wanted to see my babies!!! I controlled myself ;o). We all waved furiously to each other.

Those last few seconds before we got through the doors to finally meet our girls seemed to take forever, but there we were, out in the Philippine heat and humidity hearing the cries of, "Mommy! Daddy!", and getting and giving lots of hugs and kisses.

Yes, there are only two girls in this photo, but our photographer, Bub, was too enthralled with his little sisters to remember to take photos, so we have very few of our actual meeting.

We eventually loaded up and headed to the hotel. There we spent some time getting to know our daughters. If I thought our house wasn't quiet with four children in it, it's never going to be quiet again ;o)! They are bright, funny, beautiful, and busy! We even took them to our hotel room where they were enthralled with the books and activities we brought for them. They don't speak a lot of English, but they understand everything, so we didn't have too much of a problem communicating, and some things are just universal. One of the male members of our family, ahem, broke wind and the girls just burst into laughter! Their laughter is so beautiful to hear!

At 4:30 pm their workers came and took them back to their orphanage. She explained very carefully prior that we would see them again at church so they wouldn't panic. We crashed and slept for four hours. Now it's time to go eat something....

Blessings!

24 comments:

  1. Pass the kleenex! I am so excited!! Truly, truly!
    blessings and love
    ~a

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  2. As overjoyed for you as if it had been me! Enjoy the rest of your time in the Philippines. Much love to you all.

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  3. Oh my word! I am so happy for all of you! I'm glad they had your dresses on, how special!

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  4. So Excited to meet them! Of course we're all happy for you too! Safe travels and pray for easy transition.

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  5. Reading this with tears in my eyes I'm so happy for you!!!

    Julie

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  6. Your family is finally complete!!!! I think I know how you felt when you saw your daughters waiting just outside the airport for you. I just felt the exact same way not long ago!! It is the most amazing experience!! Your girls are precious and it is going to be so much fun tomorrow to attend church with everyone. Will the girls go back to the hotel with you afterwards? We didn't get many photos of our first time meeting Rafael either. Like you said, there is just too much to take in to be taking photos. Enjoy your supper!!! I can't wait to read the next post. I'm on the edge of my seat.......

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  7. crying as well. thanks soooooo much Deborah for sharing...wishing you all a great time of getting to know one another...keep it coming! i'm seriously stalking now...

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  8. So so happy for you! I can't believe that that was us a little over a month ago...It feels like we've been home a year and yet it feels like it has only been a moment. Savor everything, and don't leave your camera on the plane like I did....

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  9. Man our God is so good!!! So happy, tears of joy!!! love u!!!

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  10. I so wish I was there right now. I can't wait till you get home! Love you!
    (Peach)

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  11. Oh. So. Happy. For. You.
    God is so good...

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  12. Oh my goodness they are BEAUTIFUL! My heart is leaping out of my chest!! I literally screamed when I saw the picture! Can't wait to see all 3 of them together! Congrats de Boer family! Your family is truly blessed! So happy this moment finally happnened and went well!

    Prayers and excitement,
    ~Michlyn Fisher & Family

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  13. What precious words to hear - Mommy and Daddy! God is truly going ahead of you to pave the way for this addition to your sweet family.

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  14. How Exciting!! Great Picture!! So Happy for your Family ~Love Heather

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  15. Oh, the pink dresses are so precious! I can't believe it's really happening! Thank you so much for keeping us updated! LOVE!

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  16. Peach,
    Your comment touched my heart so deeply! You are such a sweet and sinsitive young lady!! You will be such a blessing to your new sisters as I know you are already to your parents and brother and sisters.
    ~a

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  17. Oh, what a great first picture!! I can't wait to see all three and a family picture with all of you!! What a special time for you!

    So exciting and happy tears here, I know you have waited a long time for this day!!

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  18. So wonderful! So amazing! So happy for all of you! (Can't wait to hear more!)

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  19. I'm all teary-eyed after reading this and seeing the photo. I can't wait to hear more!

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  20. So amazing! Shivers up and down my spine:) So very happy for you and the whole family!!

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  21. Oh what a beautiful day!! I'm so exited for you!!!!!

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  22. I'm just catching up, Deborah, and so much has happened! I'm so, so thrilled for you and your family. You have your girls!

    xofrances

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