Welcome to the USA Ellie! You were loved in both China and America, even before you were born! Ellie is now officially an American, the daughter of Mary & Tom, sister to Graham and Charlie, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend to many.
I love hearing Mary’s stories of how Ellie’s sweet nannies call her “Little Rose” and praise how smart she is. It’s wonderful to know she was so well cared for and cherished during her first year. It’s something you have to wonder about during the months and years leading up to being able to bring a child home.
It’s amazing to think that what feels like the end of a very long journey is just the beginning of a brand new one! Mary and her family have been on a Journey to be a Family of 5 for quite a while now. If you’d like to read from the beginning, here is a link to their family blog, Journey to Harris Five.
It was super hard to get a picture of Charlie and his sign, he mostly wanted to destroy it even though he loves his sister.
He’s just barely 1 years old and Ellie is only 2 months older, hello insta-twins!First sighting of the plane!Can you read Graham’s shirt and see how excited he is to wave his American flags?
“I can’t wait to meet my new little sister!”The TSA agents wouldn’t let any of us past a certain point, but they gave Graham and Charlie permission to run to their parents and Ellie when we finally saw them coming. Charlie got a little bit of a head start and had to be pulled back!First time holding her new “twins”!!!These two made fast friends.First Harris Family of 5 picture!“A child born to another woman calls me mom.
The depth of the tragedy and the magnitude of the privilege are not lost on me.” – Jody Landers
This was the one and only time Ellie cried. It may seem bizarre at first to invite everyone to the airport to greet a brand new family member. But when you take into account that this child has already been through the trauma of leaving her home behind, trusting new strangers for everything, learning new foods, hearing a different language, changing time zones, and having her first airplane ride last for 16 hours, what’s a few more friendly faces at the airport?
This way the cocooning can start at home, she’ll know her home is a safe quiet place (as quiet as it can be with 2 other toddlers) and begin bonding with her immediate family. Well, right up until Hurricane Irma forces you to reunite with your cousins.
So much love from big brother Graham! He’s been talking about Ellie in China for quite awhile.
Charlie loved Granddad’s hat!The whole gang who came to the airport!Mary’s side of the family, and then Tom’s.All the cousins in one place!Welcome home Ellie, you are one loved little girl!