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bringing Addie home…

We are home! Our journey to Addison was an experience of a lifetime. Ethiopia was beautiful and yet so heartbreaking at the same time. We were blessed with an amazing travel group and sweet babies that made the experience as easy as possible. Meeting Addie after dreaming of the moment for so long was surreal. Her nannies called her their “little miracle” because she had come so far since she came to them from the original orphanage she was placed in. While we were at home celebrating her referral, we did not know that she was struggling to survive. At two months old, she had dropped to 5 lbs. due to a gastrointestinal illness, was “emaciated” and “malnourished” and was hospitalized for four days with pneumonia. The Holt staff did a wonderful job caring for her and getting her healthy again. She is an incredibly sweet baby and she has already charmed her way into big brothers’ hearts.

I can’t wait to share more from our trip when I am not so jet-lagged but I know that what everyone really wants to see is pictures of Addie anyways. Thanks for lifting us up with your prayers and support throughout our journey!

June 6, 2010 - 8:25 pm Lori - That was amazing! I couldn't hold back the tears! I'm so happy for you and I look forward to seeing more! Congrats again. She has no idea of the wonderful life she has ahead of her!

June 6, 2010 - 8:26 pm Judy - beautiful...in every way :)

June 6, 2010 - 9:09 pm Lisa Percy - Can't express the feelings of joy I have for your whole family. Smiling inside and out! :)

June 6, 2010 - 10:01 pm jeanne - Welcome home Addie! Even though the journey may of seemed like a long one, you are finally home to a wonderful family, who will shower you with lots of love. You had some scary health problems but now hopefully they are all behind you and now your family will see that you thrive and have a wonderful life. I want to welcome you to not just a family of relatives but to a family of wonderful friends who have been waiting for you to come home. Amie, Will and boys (big brothers) we are so happy that you have your new daughter and sister home safely with a very deserving family. Addie, have a blessed life with your new family. love Aunt Jeanne

June 6, 2010 - 10:18 pm Maureen - Beautiful!!!

June 6, 2010 - 10:37 pm Kim Garbry - Congratulations on your little blessing! What a beautiful little girl. She is very lucky to have been adopted by a wonderful loving family. I wish you all the best.

June 7, 2010 - 6:53 am Heather - Thank you so much for sharing Amie! Congratulations to you and your family. You are truly blessed!

June 7, 2010 - 9:57 am Emma - LOVE these - so beautiful!! Welcome home, Addie Lou!

June 7, 2010 - 11:16 am Laura VG - oh sweet Addie...how we miss you already! :) LOVE the pics and it was so fun to see your whole family together again. Blessings to you all as you transition to life with a sweet baby girl. xoxoxox

June 7, 2010 - 6:45 pm Judi - She is beautiful! We cried watching these photos -- reminds us of our own adoption experience. There are no words to describe how wonderful it is. Enjoy her! Thanks for sharing this with everyone. We can't wait to meet her!!

June 8, 2010 - 6:54 am Michelle Brown - omg...Im a blubbering mess.....beautiful.

June 8, 2010 - 8:09 pm Debbie Trexler - I have watched this slideshow a hundred times and can't seem to get enough. The love and joy on your face and Wills is so evident. Thank you for being such a wonderful mother, and daughter. I love you. MOM

June 8, 2010 - 11:11 pm jeanne fox - Amie and Will, I keep watching the slide show and it brings me to tears everytime. What a beautiful family. Yes, God heard your prayers and now you are holding the results of having faith in God. I wish your whole family so much happiness with your new addition to your family. Your beautiful Addie!

June 11, 2010 - 12:53 pm Heleene Brewer - What a beautiful little girl you have! Her big brothers must be so excited. Your pictures of her are wonderful!! We should have waited for one of her. Thanks again and best wishes to all. Heleene and OHC Aux.

June 17, 2010 - 10:15 pm kristi johnson - OMG...she's gorgeous...thanks for commenting and letting me know...Wow..what a beautiful video of pics!! Brought back so many memories...Were you at the Union Hotel??? That's where we stayed..the couch looked familiar :) congrats and welcome back, kristi

June 24, 2010 - 8:32 am carol king (W Valley - What an amazing journey. You have a beautiful family - two wonderful little boys and now a beautiful little girl!

July 7, 2010 - 12:36 pm James - NYC Wedding - Great pictures! These kids all look so happy and natural around the camera.

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