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10.27.2008

He's here!

Right now my heart (and arms ~ Caleb is sitting on my lap as I type!) are full!

Very brief for now...

We got to the civil affairs office a bit early. Ian filled out some of the paperwork under our local guide's (Zoe ~ a truly delightful young woman!) watchful eye.

Zoe talks to Kylie while Ian fills out forms.

And then suddenly I saw some movement at the door and there he was! I couldn't even talk!

My first glimpse

We simply got down on the floor and tried to interact with him in order not to stress him out.

Kylie was so wonderful and offered him several toys and Teddy Grahams.

And just to be real, when it came time to pick him up when the SWI staff left, he did cry. My heart broke for him, but I was glad to see him upset that those he knew left. I feel more confident that he HAS known love!

With my broken Mandarin I told him not to cry, that Mama was here. He was still a little unsure, but let me hold him close. Of course that meant that both arms were full...

Luckily my arms have room for both of my loves!

He's laughing some already ~ God is good! More to come tonight!!!


26 comments:

Cindy M said...

Oh, Kristi, he's PRECIOUS! I'm wiping away tears, thinking of that day last year when it was Kylie you were holding for the first time. I will never forget the looks on yours and Ian's faces. And there you are, with your SON on your lap! And Kylie's so different, so grown up...WOW!

Thanks for posting! I'm glad I waited up! We love you guys! Make sure to give Caleb an extra kiss and hug from us!

MelLynn said...

awww congrats you guys! im so excited for you! he is adorable!

strandfam said...

Congratulations on your beautiful son! God is so good, and I am rejoicing with you today! Thanks for letting us follow along.
with love and prayers
Sarah Strand

Tracy M. Custer said...

Congratulations! I hope Caleb adjusts quickly and Kylie loves being a big sister forever!

Anonymous said...

My alarm just went off and instead of the normal snooze three or four times I realized you have probably posted by now!
AHHHHH!!! I wish I was there!
He is beautiful, cute, adorable.... I can't even think straigt! Wow!!!!!!!!!! Bless his heart the crying picture broke my heart, but we will be praying! And yes I know that is a good thing, but it still breaks your heart!
I can't wait to see more!!! I bette get in the shower for now I check on my planning periods today at school!!!
LOVE YOU ALLL!!!!!!!
Aunt Cici and Uncle Adam!!!

Carla said...

Oh Kristi, I am so happy for you guys!! What an awesome moment to have both your children in your arms at the same time! Praying for you guys and can't wait for more updates!

Donna said...

Oh the beauty of full arms!!! Caleb is so adorable! We are so happy for all of you!
Hugs to BOTH Kylie & Caleb! (That was SO fun to write!!!) :)

Stephen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! C.C.'s napping (with Henry!) but I know she'll log on as soon as she wakes up. Caleb looks great. We are so excited for your family and look forward to meeting up in Guangzhou. Enjoy these first few days as a family of four!

Laurie said...

What a perfect way to start my day- pictures of you holding Caleb. Could he be any cuter? NO!! Oh, it's just so wonderful to see you holding both of your children. So blessed!! Can't wait to see the next update of life w/Caleb!!! :) Congrats to you, Ian and Kylie!!

Anonymous said...

Kristi, Ian, Kylie,

I am also wiping tears as I look at your sweet face and the love that you share with your children. Cannot wait to meet the newest member of your family. He is adorable and will soon know how much he was loved before he was put in your arms.

Love in Christ,
Cheryl

Lora said...

YAY! Caleb is SOOOO CUTE!!! I'm so excited for yall. And I'm even more excited that you get to meet his foster family!!! As a social worker it warms my heart when adoptive parents want to meet foster families! We are praying for you all and especially for Caleb that he will feel the peace and love of the Lord that you guys give and show so well! Love from the Vanns!

Angela said...

Kristi, I cried when reading your post. It reminds me of the day that our sons were placed in my arms. What a wonderful day that you will never forget. They are both beautiful! Congratulations! We will continue to pray for you!! God is good!!

Mendy said...

He is precious! Congratulations on your precious son. My God continue to bless your trip and that Caleb will bond quickly. Congratulations Kylie on becoming a big sister!

Anonymous said...

Yes!!! God IS GOOD!!!! Lottie and I are sitting here adoring the pictures of God setting Caleb in your family!!! I know ALL the angels in heaven are applauding!!! So glad to hear you will be able to meet his foster family..what a blessing!!! Praying for his continued transition and good family bonding time!!
love you!!
Shannon and Lottie

Nancy said...

Dear Kristi, Ian, Kylie & Caleb,

I was thinking and praying for you guys so much and you've been on my mind yesterday (Sunday here). First thing I did when I got up this morning was to check your blog and read Noah your blog. I am sitting here weeping and my heart is filled with so much for joy for you. We are so happy that your family is now a family of four!

Lots of Love & God Bless your beautiful family!
Nancy, Dave, Noah & Sadie too!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing day! We can't wait to see and hear more! I know that you will savor every morsel of every minute just being together...
Love, Jen

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah! The time finally came. Caleb is with the three of you. Thank our glorious God for His love.
Love, LaoLao

NaiNai Miller said...

Welcome to the family Caleb!! And you are such a wonderful big sister, Kylie. What beautiful children. I have thought of all of you so often these last few days, imagining where you are and what you were doing and thinking each time how much closer to Caleb you were. Now I have pictures. What a joy. Give Caleb and Kylie hugs and kisses from their nainai. Can hardly wait to see you in person.
Love NaiNai Miller

Mom of Triple As said...

Oh my goodness! I don't know where I've been, but I had no idea you would be with Caleb so quickly. I almost fell out of my chair this morning when I checked the blog! Congratulations! He's too cute. Give Kylie a hug for us too!

Love you all,
Tricia, Adam, Abigail & Andrew

Nicole said...

Congratulations!!! He is so sweet looking! You are right, your arms are full, but I am sure your heart is even more than full at this point! Enjoy!

Jordan Carl said...

It looks so right for you having more than one child in your arms! give everyone hugs and kisses from me! Love you, each and every one of you.

Amy Woods said...

Congratulations!! He is so cute! Yeah!!!

Mom of Triple As said...

Kristi,

I think I've looked at these pictures about 20 times and it's only 11:20. He's so cute and I love the picture of you holding them both and how Kylie is looking at him. I've printed out the pictures and am taking them home to the kids to see.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Wish I could be there like you were for me. Hopefully we will see you guys soon!!! Looks like you are going to develop some muscles in those arms. Enjoy every minute of it!!!!

Beth

Anonymous said...

How exciting!! I'm so happy for you all!! I'm sitting here crying with joy for all of you and I can't wait to meet Caleb in person!
Teniah

Sherri & Todd said...

Cogratulations on your beautiful little guy. God is so good in so many ways. This is what I love most about the adoption world watching and or seeing parents the day they meet their child for the first time. It brings tears of joy to my eyes...thanks for sharing.
Sherri