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Both Lydia and Nora did great yesterday considering the marathon trip from Moscow.  We are very thankful that Nora’s vomiting stopped 20 minutes before boarding the plane after we gave her a small black “coal” tablet a very compassionate stranger gave us.  We don’t recommend taking a three year old and four year old on a 10 hour flight across the Atlantic unless you really have to, but overall it went well.  We arrived in St. Louis tired, but so happy and thankful to be greeted by family and other loved ones.  Thank you everyone who came to the airport to celebrate our arrival.

Today we woke up in Newton with two little people in the house!  We all had a great day.  The girls are adjusting better than we could have imagined at this point, especially Lydia.  Before during our visits, she rarely made eye contact, smiled, or lifted her head and very seldom spoke.  She is now talking regularly, fully engaged and beaming with her pretty smile.  She investigated the house and yard thoroughly, finding all sorts of goodies that friends and family had given us.  I believe both girls are well on their way to fully embracing their status as no longer orphans…but daughters.  Unknown to Lydia and Nora, we had promised this to them many months ago, following the example of another adoptive Father (John 14:18).

Brett

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12 thoughts on “Home

  1. Glad you are home safely and have gotten a bit of rest. I hope Brett has a good day back to work, and that the 3 girls have a wonderful day together. Thinking of you and thanking God for His perfect plan! Love you.

  2. We so enjoyed our Skyping time together. I just went to the Blog and read the earlier posts. This has truly been a journey of love that only God could complete. Holy, Holy, you sang to Him at your wedding, and He so loves you, His children.

  3. I discovered one of the most miraculous”Mom Moments” is when you see your children with smiles that express total joy and peace. You brought your family home, Brett, and it is a blessing to us all.

  4. It was so, so, good to hear your voice on the phone. You sounded exhausted. But a good exhausted. Hopefully all of you will get a goodnights sleep. Tell Brett to have a great day back at work, and that all three of his Lessley Girls, will be sharing great moments. Have Fun!!! Love You Mom

  5. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! and welcome home!! seeing you all in your own house just makes me smile. I wish you all years and years of smiles

  6. Yay!!!! have a great week and I can not wait to meet the girls. I love the picture of the girls at the table. I imagined that exact picture when I saw the picture of the table empty in your first pictures. The girls are beautiful and the family of four is an amazing miracle of joy 🙂

  7. So, so happy for you all! Praising God & his amazing plan for your family. Enjoy every minute…. Even those that are chaotic!

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