We’re Home! BY CSCOTTSHEPHERDON APRIL 2, 2014 We’re home! We are SO sorry it’s taken us a few days to update our blog. We’ll spare you all our excuses (EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE GOOD ONES!) and get on with the update! First, you MUST hear the full airplane story: We were in Beijing and preparing for our LONG flight back to the US (13+ hours). In fact, we were third in line for takeoff when we noticed a passenger talking to one of the flight attendants. After talking to the passenger, the attendant looked out the plane’s window. Soon thereafter, she was on the phone with the pilot. Within 30 seconds, the pilot was looking out the same window! The passenger had noticed a puddle collecting under one of the plane’s wings. After some checking by the pilot and airport maintenance crews, the pool was determined to be jet fuel! The plane had a leak that was not discovered in the pre-flight checks. We ended up sitting on the runway for 3 hours while the plane was repaired. What was supposed to be a 13-hour flight became a 16-hour experience! We don’t want to speculate what would have happened if the leak had not been discovered before we began our flight home. We just praise God the passenger in seat 45J! We landed in Detroit three hours late, so we missed our connection flight to Nashville. Delta provided a hotel room for us for the evening, but we had take a cab to the hotel. On the taxi ride over, the cab driver was interested in hearing our adoption story. After we told him, he responded by saying, “My heart is full. I’ve never heard of someone adopting unless they were unable to have a baby. You adopted her to rescue her even though you aleady have children. My heart is full.” At the end of the cab ride, he would not accept our money. He said we had done a good thing, and he wanted to do a good thing for us. We were VERY touched by his kindness. Grace, Iris, and Jordan After our travel adventure, we FINALLY made it home. But our first two days at home were really a struggle. Grace regressed and was acting much more like she did our first few days in China. She cried often, especially when she was tired. Our kids, though they never showed it, were probably wondering, “What have we gotten ourselves into?” Then, once again, everything changed. Our last two days (Monday and Tuesday) have been REALLY good! Grace is interacting beautifully with Jordan, Iris, and Gideon. In fact, I’ve never been prouder of them. They have given of themselves COMPLETELY to express their love and welcome to their new little sister. Grace brushing Iris’ hair. (She LOVES her big sister!) Grace and Iris’ model their new hairstyles. (Grace did them both.) Grace enjoys running through the yard with the kids. (We’re not sure she’s even seen so much grass before.) Iris’ loves her big brother and REALLY loves cats! One of Grace’s first words was “flower.” She picks flowers everywhere! Grace also had a good first check-up at her Ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt today. The vision in her left eye is 100%, which is GREAT news since she has no vision on her right side due to the cancer she had as a baby. We have many more apointments in the coming days and weeks, but we are VERY encouraged by the good start. Did the grass need to be mowed? Nope. But Grace sure enjoyed riding around with Dad! We have another REALLY AMAZING story to share in the coming days. In fact, we consider it the biggest miracle of our entire adoption journey! Stay tuned! Thank you for your love and prayers!