missionaries serving with Campus Crusade for Christ and FamilyLife

Monday, June 9, 2014

Powells - Party of 9

Caleb is home (insert jumping, clapping, screaming, crying and praising GOD)!

The arrival was pretty exciting. Storms ramped up to a pretty intense level last night. We were under a severe thunderstorm warning and then a couple of tornado warnings were issued south of our area.
We decided Mama would go to the airport alone. Our little ones could not handle the super late bedtime. We were worried about Caleb being really motion sick from trip and then feeling on display with a crowd. The visibility driving to the airport was so low. Thunder and lightning all over. By the time Mama got to the airport we were getting tornado warnings for that area. Yuck!

Thank you to so many of you who prayed. The tornado warning was brief and the boys had only a brief delay. We are so thankful to report Caleb did not get sick!!

Zach is right behind Baba in these pics- sorry buddy! Zach is so kind to take the pic below. We promise he did make it home from China, too!
  The 2 boys seem completely normal like nothing is slowing them down while poor Art was wandering in a jetlag stupor a couple of times today. The dreary drizzle in the sky was not a help. Praying he can bounce back in a couple of days.  
Our first day today was not easy.  It's not easy connecting with a teenage boy. There was no painting toes, matching jammies, brushing hair or playing dollies together. We are in training again! :)
We worked hard today to eat together, play together, fold laundry together and rest together. Mama feels a little late to the party. It's a bit of a challenge to have missed those two initial weeks in China. Mama is playing catch up a little bit. We have had some smiles, giggles and shared experiences today. All great praises for sure!
Caleb seems to be pretty easy going. He is not a picky eater so far. He doesn't seem to be afraid. He is excited about sleeping on the top bunk in the boys room. He has a great connection with Zach and Baba. He is still trying to decide what he thinks about the three littles and Mama.
He just told us that the best thing about today was.....
ice cream!
It's not a bad place to start.

 Lego central.

Caleb wanted you to see him up on his top bunk!!

This quilt is so special to our family. A dear friend has handmade a quilt for each of our adopted kiddos complete with personalized labels. Caleb opened his special present today. He loved it!! Sharon, thank you for loving our family. Thank you for blessing our kids in this very special way. You are amazing and we thank God for you and Dave in our lives.
We are grateful for help with meals, kind emails and all of your prayers this week. There are so many transitions ahead.
With our love and many thanks,
Art, Jen, Allie, Mercy, Caleb, Zach, Jacob, Zoey & Bethany 

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