Monday, December 22, 2008

Gotcha Day and beyond...

Paxton is now HOME with US! We are so excited right now (not to mention tired). We haven't slept since 5am Korea time Monday morning. I don't know how many hours that puts us being up straight, but it is a 15 hour time difference. I saw a lot of the hours of today twice today, if that makes any sense.

Gotcha day was fun. We started out taking some GREAT friends out to a market that they hadn't been to yet, along with the Korean war memorial, which is a must-do. It was really cold that day. We got a guy to write scrolls for the kids while we had a 'massive quantities of food' lunch at hard rock cafe. After that we showed them where to get a decent priced hanbok, and we took off to get ready to get Paxton at 3 that day (Sunday). We were almost late, because we were trying to find his foster mother flowers, and everything is closed on Sunday apparently. We finally found a small flowered plant, and took off back to the room. Whenever we got ready, we went down to the lobby for the wait. Another couple was down there recieving their baby as well. We exchanged a few gifts with the foster mother, and the tears started rolling whenever she gave us a packet of about 20 pictures that she had taken of him for the past 8 months. This was truly that toughest experience that we have ever had. She loved him so much and we are so thankful for a great foster mother that Paxton had. She will always be special to us.

That night started off a little rough. He grieved for just a little while, and I was able to get him to sleep. We got some pizza delivered around 830-9 or so (again by some awesome friends), and before, we caught Paxton in the greatest mood ever. He was so happy and has been an excellent baby ever since. He sleeps a little crazy, but we'll see how he does in a crib. The flight was good, we didn't really have any issues with him, and we are glad that it was only 12 hours instead of 16 hours to get back.

We had a great welcoming at the airport, so many people there to see our little guy, and he was in a great mood too. Now we're home, and trying to get everything in order a little bit. You sure can find out how well your house is baby-proofed after about 30 minutes of him running (crawling) around!

Pictures and more to come... Bye for now,

BRENT

10 comments:

Leigh said...

I'm so thankful that you are all home safely! What a blessed Christmas this will be! Can't wait to see more pictures...but get some rest. DG has a terrible time (and so did I) getting on Oklahoma time!

Take Care! Merry Christmas!

Dusty and Kathryn said...

SO happy to hear you are home. Praise the Lord Paxton did so well on your flight! Can't wait to see pictures!!

ajyouthguy said...

can't wait to meet him! glad you guys are home.:) see you soon!:) if we can do anything, let us know.

Micah and Sunny said...

So glad you are home!! Wow, that seems like such a quick trip. We've been thinking of you guys constantly. Praying for a blessed transition for your whole family. Can't wait to see pictures of all THREE of your children (how fun is that?!?!?!?!)

Heather said...

Congrats on a safe trip home!! So glad Paxton did so well...that makes the time go a little quicker on those long flights. Enjoyed following your trip & would love to see more pictures of Paxton & Korea when you are over jet-lag :) Take Care & Happy Holidays!

Heather M.
Dillon VN

Butch and Tracy said...

Congratulations. I am so glad you are home safe and sound. Enjoy your Christmas blessing.

Tracy

Katy Hill said...

I'm so glad you all made it home safely! Now I pray you all will be able to rest and recover from your trip. Merry Christmas!
I know you guys will be busy for the holidays, but we'll be in town for a little over a week. Maybe we can swing by and meet Paxton.

KELLY said...

So happy to hear that you are home!!! Yea, what a great trip, and so blessed to be home with all your children. I am so excited to see pictures!! Rest well and have a Merry Christmas.

Kelly

Laura said...

Congratulations and welcome home!!! We need to see a photo of the five here soon =).

Yvonne and Eric said...

Happy Gotcha Day Paxton and welcome home Dania, Brent and Paxton! Glad to hear that his adjustment is off to such a great start. Can't wait to see pics of your family of FIVE!!

Yvonne