Sunday, June 22, 2014


We are HOME! And just look at all the people who love our little girl and were there to meet her! 

And even after almost 30 hours of travel, Connie was still a social butterfly and made the rounds hugging grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and all our friends. We had spent time in prayer asking the Lord to keep Connie from being overwhelmed and He definitely answered that request. She was absolutely adorable as she made herself right at home with everyone!!


So thankful for this little girl! She is already such a blessing to our family!

Thank you to all who came out so late at night to welcome Connie home! It meant  so much to be surrounded by loved ones as we start this new stage of life. Connie has been asking for a family of her own and was completely ready for us to bring  her home. But little could she imagine the extended family she would gain as well. 
Our family of six!

Once home, we gave Connie a tour of our house. She has looked at pictures of it for months now, and her reaction was precious. She walked into each room and said "Wow!" and would touch every item of furniture and was smiling ear to ear. She LOVES her bed and the stuffed animals we had waiting on her. 

She fell asleep almost instantaneously (a first) and slept in until 9:30am the next morning. 

Once up, she was happy as could be and enjoyed playing with James, who was all smiles by the way.  

I don't think I've ever seen James so happy. He was ready to leave China after just a couple days, so 16 days about did him in. He just loves being home and enjoys his routine. But I'm so proud of how well he did during all the travel.  Amelia and Grant have been troopers throughout the trip and I honestly don't recall hearing one complaint from either one of them. They both love Connie so much (and she adores them) it has really been fun for me and Glenn to witness such selflessness on their part during this transition. 

Amelia saved all her Littlest Pet Shop toys for years in hopes of having a sister. She couldn't wait to pull them out and boy were they a hit with Connie! 

Connie found a microphone in the toy box and out came the diva. She sings into it constantly.  This girl is full of sass and spunk!  

One concern we had was how Connie would handle our two dogs. We wondered if she would be frightened (which would be perfectly normal and expected).  However, we had nothing to fear. Connie LOVES animals. She is gentle with the dogs and they both took to her as if she has always been with us. Even Peanut Butter, our grumpy schnoodle who doesn't really like other children, warmed up to her quickly. 

We are feeling very blessed. Connie has been so happy with us and even though she has a lot to learn about boundaries and appropriate behavior, we already can't imagine our family without her! 

***Thank you to all our friends who looked after our house while we were gone and cleared debris from our yard after a bad storm came through. Thank you to all who prayed for us daily and encouraged us as we faced so many new things on the other side of the world. Thank you to those who have brought groceries or offered to bring meals this next week. With all the adjustments, upcoming doctor appointments, and other catching up after such a long trip, we greatly appreciate and truly need the help. May God bless you for your care for our family!***


  1. This is amazingly fantastic Vashti and your WHOLE family. Wow! What a blessing both ways. Praying for you all.

  2. This is amazingly fantastic Vashti and your whole family! Wow! What a blessing both ways. Praying for all of you. God bless.

  3. Its amazing to see everything that the Lord is doing in your life and your family I have been sooo blessed just by meeting you guys, I can truly see the love of God thru you all... I have been praying and I cant wait to meet Connie!!!