Thursday, March 19, 2009

Welcome Home

Wow, are you all impressed with Steve, or what? He blogged while I was gone, he kept the house clean, (with some help from my mom), did some cooking, and made our homecoming very special!!! What a man! I was so glad to see him.

Our flight home went well. Lilly was so good, especially for 30 hours of travelling. The hardest part came in Denver. Our flight from Germany left late, so we arrived late in Denver. There were 2 other international flights that arrived just before us. So we had a little less than 2 hours to make it through customs, re-check our baggage, and make our flight to SLC. The line for customs was very long, but moved at a steady rate. Because Lilly had an immigrant visa, we were escorted to an area to wait for someone to open our packet and stamp her visa. There were about a dozen people already waiting and only 1 man there to process them all. After a few minutes another man came in. I walked up and asked if there was any chance I would make my flight in 50 minutes. The first man said, "Probably not." The new worker asked for Lilly's name and grabbed her packet and took us next. An answer to my prayer.

We went and picked up our luggage and then had to go through and show our passports again. We rechecked our luggage. The man at the United Airlines counter said to take the train to the B concourse, but didn't say what gate. We hurried to the security line and went through. We ran for the train and made it to the B concourse. I saw a departure board and saw that our flight was leaving from B-94. There were 95 gates in the B concourse and ours had to be 94!!!! We ran so fast all the way there using the moving sidewalks to help with our speed. Lilly was great about it. We made it just as they were closing the doors.

When we arrived, Steve and the girls were waiting for us. Grandpa and Grandma Emett, Grandma Gene, my brother Glade (who works at the airport), my sister LaNell and her son Tyson were all there too. Lilly had fallen asleep on the plane, so she was a bit quiet until she saw Madison. Then they were the best of friends and didn't stop talking all the way home.

Steve and the girls had decorated the house with streamers and balloons and I think Lilly was amazed at our home and everything she saw. She went from room to room exploring for a while before we got everyone settled down for bed. She and Madison shared a bed that night. Lilly woke Madi up at 1:00 AM telling her she was hungry and wanted Wendy's food. We had stopped at Wendy's to grab dinner for Lilly and me before going home. (By the way, she didn't like chicken nuggets, just fries). So she got up and ate some cold french fries. I heard them up at 5:00 AM. I got up and told them they had to go back to bed. They did, but then were up again at 6:30 having a tea party.

All-in-all, she is adjusting fine, outside of going to the bathroom on the neighbor's lawn. We of course had a talk about that afterwards. She hasn't loved the food, but is willing to try everything. She had rice with spaghetti sauce and tuna fish for lunch today and ate that pretty well...sounds gross to me, but I guess it was more like home than a peanut butter sandwich.

I kept a daily journal while I was in Ghana, so I will go back through and list the highlights later when I have more time.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

5 months and 2 weeks and together at last

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Narda and Lilly have made it home safely. Everyone is so happy but very tired so we'll try and get pictures up soon.

Thanks everyone for your support and prayers! We have seen so many miracles in this process and have been so blessed.


Today is the Day

Well Narda and Lilly are on their way and I'm counting down the hours and minutes (20 hrs from when this post goes live). We decorated the house for the big homecoming for family home evening tonight and I don't think the girls have had so much fun in some time. It really lifted their spirits to know that Mom was really going to be coming home.

Hopefully soon for all of our sakes Narda will pick things up and we will have normal quality Blogs for everyone. I'm sure she has some great pictures, stories and learning's to share. And it will be fun to share the homecoming.

Maybe I'll get a few brownie points for blogging in her absence :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Good news!

I just wanted to give a few quick updates from my latest conversations with Narda, but first the good news, We have a VISA! I couldn't contact Narda today as she's not near a phone, but I got confirmation from 2 sources that the VISA was received this morning. So everything is in order and they will leave Ghana Monday evening and arrive home Tuesday evening. So just a few days more until I get to see Lilly again and we'll be together as a group for the first time.

Up until today her trip was very busy. She had traveled every day of her visit too Accra thus far. She told me she had she had spent so little time at the school that she had only eaten 2 meals there so far. I later found that was twice as many showers as she's been able to take as the water has been out for most of her visit. It sounded like she's hardly had a chance to catch her breath. She has just loved her time with Lilly and has bonded very well with her. She sounds so happy despite the crazy schedule and lack of sleep.

I did get word that she left for Cape Coast to spend Friday and Saturday. She was so looking forward to visiting Cape Coast and the Rain Forrest, so she's getting her wish. I'm sure she'll enjoy staying in a nice hotel for a night and getting a good shower. It will be nice for her to no longer have to worry about everything comming together and now she can relax and enjoy.

Sunday she has been invited over to Lilly's uncles house to meet the family and have a little get together. She was so happy to see where her family lives and learn more about her roots.

So all is well with the Emetts and we feel very blessed and happy! Thanks for all of your prayers and thoughts.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Akwaaba Ghana

Akwaaba is Welcome in Ghana.

I just got off the phone with Narda and she has arrived safely. She did say the plane stopped in Nigeria (don't know if that was scheduled or not, it was news to me) and it delayed her getting in a little bit. She did meet successfully with Kingsley and they just started the drive to the school. She sounded releaved to have arrived and to have met up with Kingsley. She sounded tired and the first words from her mouth were "That was a long flight".

Now the adventure begins. Please pray for her and Lilly to make it home safely on the 17th. I'll try and keep you all updated on her experiences as I hear from her.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mr. Mom

I saw Narda off this morning and thus began day one as Mr. Mom. I was feeling so good about my first day in action until this evenings trip to the grocery store. We must have hit the point of the twins missing their mother and a lack of sleep due to our crazy schedule. I think another 5 minutes in the store would have done me in, but we survived if even just barely.

I nothing else I just wanted to post something while she was gone to shock her. I'll try and keep everyone updated as I get news of her travels and experiences. Hopefully all goes well and she and Lilly will be here on St. Patricks day.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane

I'm goin' to Ghana!!! I leave on Saturday. I will arrive in Ghana Sunday evening. I'm hoping to visit the embassy Monday morning, although Kingsley has already started the work on our Visa for us. If all goes well, I'll leave Ghana on Monday, the 16th and have Lilly home the evening of the 17th...wearing green (don't want her to be pinched on arrival by three eager

This has been a remarkable journey thus far. It has been a great reminder to us of the love Heavenly Father has for our family and this sweet little girl in a remote area of Ghana. We are so glad we followed the promptings of the Spirit and never looked back. We are also grateful for all the friends we have made in the process and for their unselfish, loving guidance, service and encouragement.

I don't think Steve will keep up on the blog while I'm gone, but you never know...he's always full of surprises, so check back in on occasion. I'll blog again when I get home with our daughter!!!

Monday, March 2, 2009


YAHOO!!!! This is what Steve yelled at 6:40 this morning from downstairs. He thought it would wake me up, but he was wrong. He had to come upstairs, wake me up to tell me the news: "Our I600 has been approved!

This means the embassy is finished reviewing our adoption and we can now apply for Lilly's visa and I can bring her home. I will be going to Ghana soon. I'm looking up flight information to see how soon I can get there. We are so excited! It only took the embassy 7 business days to approve it.
I can't wait to bring this beautiful daughter of ours home!