Saturday, July 24, 2010 last!

Things have been absolutely crazy since we've landed and we've been going 100mph!

The long journey home was not as painful as we thought it would be and Ry was a trooper the whole way.  He never got sick (thank you, thank you, thank you) and was in a pretty good mood most of the time.  He LOVED being on the airplanes, loved watching movies & loved his new leapster that we saved for the plane ride home!  He wasn't too keen on the airplane food, but hey...who is?  Landing in DC was cool and it was neat to see the excitement on Ry's face when we finally landed in America!  The moment we landed @ DFW was very emotional for me.  I didn't even realize it would be, but the second we landed I just felt such a burden lift off of me.  Everything that we have worked so hard for, over the last 3 years, had finally all worked out.  We were a family!  I can't even begin to describe that was overwhelming. 

Since we landed at 7:30 at night, we asked our family to please not meet us at the airport and let us get him home to see the house, meet Sadie and then get some rest.  I know it was very hard for everyone, including us, not to see everyone right away, but it was definitely the best and things weren't too overwhelming for Ryland.  So after we landed, Dustin waited for the luggage and Ry & I ventured out to find the car.  Quite the trip!!  It was hot & humid and after we'd been outside for 3 minutes Ry said that Texas was hot and he wanted to take his shirt off.  GREAT...he hadn't been here for 10 minutes and he already wanted to go shirtless at the airport!!!  As we were walking, we had to stop about every 30 seconds to look at another plane taking off or landing.

We slept good the first night and that next morning, most of our family came over around lunchtime.  Ry took to everyone immediately.  Big hugs & kisses to everyone, he sang everyone the ABC's, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed & Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes.  Wasn't shy at all...Skype really works miracles, it was like he already "knew" everyone.  I can't say it enough...he is such a trooper!  It's literally been like he's been a part of our extended family for years!  Both sets of grandparents are just in love with him already, his aunts and uncles adore him and he & his only cousin, Nyah, are best friends already!  We've spent most of Thursday, Friday & Saturday with various family members and he has LOVED all the attention!!!  Dust & I are so relieved... 

Here's to you Ryland - you're the best thing that's ever happened to us!!

First Pic as an American citizen!!
He loves swimming in his pool and asks to go swimming at least 50 times a day
Sleeping all night, in his own room and his own bed with no far!
Ryland & Nyah
Bath Monkey!


At July 24, 2010 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Julie said...

This is all SO wonderful!! I'm so happy for all you and I'm glad you had an uneventful trip home.
May God continue to bless all of you and keep things going smoothly as you transition to your "new" lives together!!!


At July 24, 2010 at 9:39 PM , Blogger kitzkazventure said...

Wow, I am so glad to hear things are going so smoothly. What a great little guy! What a great new family! We wish you the best in the coming months as you transition into life as a family of three. Happy Homecoming!

At July 25, 2010 at 12:17 AM , Blogger Dean and Janie said...

congratulations and welcome home!

At July 25, 2010 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Julian and Sara said...

Welcome home to all three of you! Enjoy the period of surreal decompression which comes after being away for so long. And after three years, now you have reached the beginning. Congratulations.

At July 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM , Blogger qmiller said...

What a wonderful post! So happy all went well on the way home and now you're home and having fun as a new family of 3! Congratulations!

At July 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM , Blogger Dave-Jaclyn said...

Congrats! We are so excited for the three of you and the rest of your family. Enjoy being HOME!

At July 25, 2010 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Yannik Au Kazakhstan said...

Congrats once again! Bet you that home feels slightly surreal at this point! Enjoy!!! Congrats to the three of you in finding each other.

Jocelyne and family

At July 25, 2010 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Karen and Glenn said...

Welcome home! We are so happy that things are going so smoothly for you. Seeing Ry in his bed takes my breath away -- it's like he's just been waiting for it for his 5 little years, and it is finally here! Just amazing stuff! Congrats to you all!!

At July 25, 2010 at 8:41 PM , Blogger The Robeys said...

Welcome home Stone Family! Glad to hear the trip went smoothly. I remember that first morning back, it was wonderful. Hope the transition into the next phase of your lives goes smoothly.

He looks like he has always been a part of your family and such a cutie! Love the smile...he's going to be a real heartbreaker.

At July 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

WELCOME HOME!!! So excited for you!

I hope you have a very smooth transition.

Andrea & Anelya

At July 30, 2010 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Pat and Alli said...

There are no words to describe looking at your precious child asleep in the bed you looked at so often and prayed for it to no longer be empty. Unbelievably happy for you guy. Welcome home Ryland. You will know love always.

Best wishes.


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