Sunday, September 20, 2009


Laurel meeting the Chickens
Noah and Laurel in the playhouse

Sliding all by herself--- And the sliding board
ISN'T made of wood like she was used too!

Eating breakfast- Yummy banananas and oatmeal

Noah and Daddy leaving the orphanage!!

AT HOME FINALLY!!! It doesn't seem real that this journey really has ended...... but the adventure of finding out just who this little girl is and her potential is beginning!!
Mike and Laurel made it home Saturday night after a LONG ride home on 3 airplanes.
God was so good to them and his mercies never ceased. We prayed specifically that he would have understanding "neighbors" next to him on the planes that wouldn't mind her screaming and wiggling. God answered those prayers. We also prayed he'd have no problems through customs and he did great!!
We had lots of friends and family that met he & Laurel at the airport with posters, yells, and American flags!! Thank you all for being their and your support. I can't believe that little Laurel Anastasia is actually asleep in the room next to me. The first night she slept great and even napped later. We are enjoying learning her although breaking her routine can prove challenging. She loves to be outside so I know she'll flourish here.
Thank you ALL again for your prayers and support through this. Please continue to remember us as we begin the arduous medical tests that she'll have go through in order to get her healthy and hopefully help her hear.
Now that we are home, I will be taking this blog off private. I will hopefully get a few more pics of the homecoming which are on other people's cameras. I was too busy tackling my husband and new little girl to get pics. :)


  1. Hey Marth! So happy for you. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of you all and trusting Mike and Laurel were safe and sound in the good ole USA!!! love ya Courtney

  2. Woo Hoo!!! I am so happy for you all!!! She is adorable and looks as though she truly was MADE for your family!

  3. These are the BEST pictures!!!! I so want to be in those pictures on your farm! Just love her expressions. And the swee one of her sleeping in her new bed. Martha, you all are just so blessed!! Please let me know how it's going with communicating with Laurel. We have someone coming over on Saturday to train us and teach us Cued Speech.
    Keep posting photos!
    Blessings, Michele

  4. I'm so glad to see you are all home together! How exciting! Beautiful family!

  5. Wonderful pictures and what a celebration!! I'll read more now...