My family is now safe and sound at home. They got in this morning at 5:30. My older brothers and I greeted them with spiderman balloons and a sign in Chinese (a very strenuous effort). Not surprisingly, Daniel and Matthew were at first a little overwhelmed and stuck close to those familiar family members. On the car ride back, though, they warmed up and enjoyed themselves.
When we got home, they loved their room, picked out their beds and then ran to play outside. They have been there all day (that is, after a prolonged nerf/rubber band gun battle, inside, of course). The battle was hysterical (Daniel dressed up in bed comforter, belts, and a pink dress-up hat) but poor Matthew got hit in the eye and quit. So, he came into my dad's office and enjoyed himself laughing at my dad's old college/high school pictures. I guess the American 80's are a little foreign to him. He kept pointing to the pictures and asking, skeptically, "Father?" When we said yes, he would burst out laughing.
The two new boys have enjoyed basketball, chalk, jump rope, playing with the dog, and
riding falling off of bikes. They are all three (Joshua included) dressed in identical clothing except for color and from a distance it is incredibly hard to tell them apart.
My mother and little sister are enjoying some much needed rest.
Do you remember that lovely picture of their room from a previous blogpost? Well, after less than 12 hours, they have left their mark on the room (it is worse in real life than I could fully capture in this picture). It is now, officially, a boy's room.
Blessings to all! Thank you so much for your prayers! More pictures soon!