Saturday, September 15, 2007


We made it home safe and sound...exhausted, but we're HOME!

We had a nice 15 hour turbulent plane ride home - it was so nice to touch ground! After passing through many, many check points and customs; where a nice guard said, "welcome home" we drove 1 1/2 hours to our H-O-M-E!

We were greeted by friends and family who decorated the house ~ it was so sweet to come home to such a great welcome! The topper was seeing our boys ~ Anthony threw himself into the car for a huge hug :) My Eddie seemed to have grown a foot or two - I keep referring to him as the jolly green giant - he looks huge!!!

Mia is adjusting slowly and seems confused and a little "off". Anthony worked so hard yesterday to win her over - and he did!!! All he wanted to do was hug her and hold her and kiss her, etc. She didn't know what to make of him, but he gave her some time and played with her and made her laugh and slowly, but surely she couldn't resist hime :) Eddie just "hangs" out with her and takes it all in stride - he doesn't seem overly jealous (yet) and I am hoping that doesn't come until I"m less jet-lagged and can handle the turmol better...keep your finger crossed!!

Not going to sugar coat it at all - its hard, exhausting and emotional; but we are home and with our family!!!

Will post soon, but there is so much to do!!!



Barbara said...

These are the pictures i have been waiting to see. Could Anthony be any cuter with Mia!!!! I just love it. What a great big brother he is already! I can't wait to see him loving her up in person. Somehow these pictures have a feel as if she has always been with you...i guess she has been in your heart for a long time. I can't wait to meet the little princess.

Debbie said...


Seeing Anthony interact with Mia for the first few moments she was home- was just amazing! He is an already a wonderful big brother to Eddie but now to a Baby Sister.... just priceless! Eddie too will learn from Anthony how important his new role will be and everything will fall into place before you know it! They are both such loving and sensitive boys- how could Mia not adore them!
Jo, it was just destiny...

Donna & Andrew said...

Welcome Home! Hope things get into a routine soon. Great Pictures.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are home safe and sound, surrounded by family and love. Those pictures made me cry, they are so sweet! What a loving big brother Anthony is! Eddie will learn the role before long, and since they are fairly close in age, he will probably find that he's gained a playmate as well as a little sister -eventually.
Meanwhile, these early moments at home with your babe are so precious, even if things are trying at times. Be good to yourself and get as much rest as you can!
love and hugs to all of you,

amy said...

Welcome home, cant wait to read more..Praying for a smooth adjustment

Dawn said...

Welcome home! It has to be so amazing to see Mia home with her brothers, a sight you have dreamt of for so long. Enjoy !

Princess Diaries said...

I remember shedding tears in the airplane as I looked down and saw familiar territory getting home from China- it feels out of this world terrific to finally have your family all together and home!

The Blessing that is LIA said...

Welcome home!!!! I am so happy for you and will continue to 'tune-in" everyday to watch this story unfold!

Love, Wendi

cousin laura from nj! said...

Welcome Home!! What precious photos of Mia's homecoming. The boys must really be enjoying their little sister! May the adjustment period for everyone be petite and sweet, just like Mia! God Bless! Laura, John, Luke, Kali, and Jack

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Jo and Ed and Mia! These pictures were really great, I was waiting for more! It seems as though Mia was always there with you! She is where she was meant to be! She is with such a loving family, not only does she have wonderful parents, but great brothers too, I can't wait to finally meet her! Everything will come together, you will see!

Aunt Michie :)