Today we are whole! Today the Armstrong's became a stronger and more complete family! Today we are one!
The two and a half hour plane ride seemed to take forever. The flight, as usual, was very difficult on our daughter's inexperienced stomach but she was all smiles nonetheless. Even after filling two airsick bags:) Nothing was going to spoil this for her.
Two brothers and one insanely excited little girl waited with her toes edging up against the security line as close as humanly possible just "willing" her sister closer with every second!
As Grampa and Grammie drove us home from the airport the experience was almost surreal. Caitlin tried to take everything in as her eyes darted about. Everyone was so excited to have her here and desperately wanted to make her feel comfortable. Finally, exhausted and almost out of steam we pulled around the corner to our
home - Caitlin's first home ever ................. and were welcomed by the cheers, banners and balloons of the 50 most wonderful neighbors and friends in the world. Caitlin's eyes grew big as she realized she was in for more of those "dreaded American hugs". She shyly excited the car and handled each one of them with the grace of a well practiced hand. After a brief visit with so many loving friends we said good-bye and she finally entered her sanctuary. After such an ordeal, the inside of the home was only for immediate family.
Our little girl timidly entered her home and the door closed behind her. In China, she may have been an orphan ........... but now, she will ever be "Our Princess!"