We arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on the morning of March 27th, 2015.
The last leg of our trip home was a near 15 hour flight and our time in U.S. Customs took forever. We hadn’t seen our other two kids (or anyone else we knew) in 3 weeks. Ezra had no idea what was happening—we couldn’t explain because we didn’t speak Mandarin and he didn’t speak English.
Needless to say, we were hungry, tired, and extremely emotional. Thankfully our friends and family were amazing and made it a day we would never forget.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a year. So much has changed for our family in the past year, but so many things are still the same as that day we arrived back in Texas.
Instead of using this post to get into everything that is going on with our family, I just wanted to take a moment to give thanks and share a couple of pictures.
If you want to read more about some of our experiences as a family throughout the past year, read some of my previous blog posts! Also, you could check out my wife’s blog for some info and insight into our adoption process and a few updates since bringing Ezra home.
We are still very thankful to our previous church First Baptist Church of Livingston for all they did in the process. From being flexible with my work schedule and putting me at ease before leaving to China for almost a month, to even giving us a grant through their First Family Adoption Ministry. It was amazing to celebrate with them when we returned with Ezra.
Our friends were amazing too. They gave us equal amounts of space and support that we needed at the time. Our only regret is that we didn’t get to jump back into our normal rhythms of community before we moved to Austin.
Keep praying that Ezra would grow in Christ as well as in being a member of this family. Keep praying for our adjustment as well. Don’t get me wrong at all, he is a great kid, but with almost all adoptions there are plenty of issues, whether obvious or underlying. We still have a long way to go!
We are currently thankful to be at a church with so many who have fostered or are fostering and who have adopted or are currently in the process! Also, being transparent here—we are about to get into some family counseling through The Austin Stone Counseling Center. I’m sure there will be many posts in the future talking through some of our development as well as posts just celebrating new milestones with Ezra!
Thanks to you for being a part of our journey!
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Here are some previous posts from me specifically about Ezra:
Also, check out these videos from my good friend Mitch Eckhardt (Refuge Media):