Friday, December 01, 2006

Destination USA

They're flight is officially in the air and headed for the US. They had a going away party scheduled for this afternoon at Layla House. I'm sure they took lots of pictures. I can't wait to see them and hear all about it. For now, however, I'm fully focused on their arrival tomorrow---less than 24 hours away!
One of the things that I've seen done before, and I thought was a GREAT idea, was to have friends and family *sign* the new children's memory book. Since this blog has become a virtual memory book to share with H and Baby T as they grow and wonder about their journey to our hearts and home, I'd love for each of you to share a thought, a hope or a prayer with them to know that you all, too, were part of their story...each in your own unique ways. Thank you so much for being a part of such a special time and thank you for the great welcome you've given our newest family members!!!


Katie said...

Helen and Baby T I am so excited that you are on your home to meet the rest of your new family!! Your mom is a little stressed out about the weather that will greet you, but I think it's just wonderful that you will see your first snow tomorrow! You are both so lucky and so loved. I look forward to meeting you next summer when you travel "back East" for Uncle Pete's wedding. Love, Auntie Katie

Kerstin said...

Welcome Helen and Thomas! Your parents could not have done a better job building their ark! You are so blessed and so very loved! Kerstin Humphrys, college friend of your Mom's

Ginger said...

Welcome Helen & Thomas. Just as your new family is so very blessed to have you join them forever, so are you blessed to not only know the love of your first family, but also the love and security of permanence in your new family. As you both grow to love your new family and country, I hope that you will always hold your first family and your birth country dear to your hearts, for they will forever be a part of who you are and who you will become.

Anonymous said...

All the best to you both, Helen and Thomas!You have wonderful parents who are admired for the abundance of love they have to share! Enjoy the snow! I will be thinking of you.
Love, Heidi

Anonymous said...

Welcome home beautiful Helen and Thomas Bedlu! What an amazing family you have just joined. My son Sean Alazar was at Layla House with you and came home at the end of Aug. I will forever think of you as part of his loving extended family. I will keep you in my prayers for always. God bless you and keep you.
Becky Wright

Julie Cooper said...

May you always keep Ethiopia in your hearts, in your smiles and in your twinkling eyes as you embrace your new lives in America. God bless you and welcome home.

The Coopers

Anonymous said...

Welcome Thomas and Helen! We hope you enjoy your new family, home and country. Your parents hve built a wonderful ark enjoy the fruits of their labor. God bless you. The Wickisers

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Helen and Thomas! We had so much fun following your journey to America. Your mom is an amazing blogger! We look forward to meeting you both. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Gurka's

Anonymous said...

Helen and Thomas,

Welcome to your new home! We are so happy to have you here and can't wait to meet you. Sammy will be so happy to have more Ethiopian friends!
The Lillwitz family

Anonymous said...

Welcome to America H and Baby T. We wish you the best as you and your family embark on new adventures.

The Jones-Shewfelt clan

Anonymous said...

Welcome home beautiful children! Know that you are so blessed to be joining an amazing family, as I know they are doubly blessed to be welcoming such beautiful children into their lives and hearts. We are all praying for you!

The Hillegass Family

Anonymous said...

Helen and Thomas, what a blessing you are for your new family, they are so very lucky to have you in their lives. I hope they make you as happy as you will them. Always remember Ethiopia but love America. Congratulations to the entire family from Australia.

Anonymous said...

HI Helen and Thomas,
It will be nice to see you for the first time in real life + it will sure be nice to see someone new. I hope you had a good trip and you both are lucky to have a great family in America.

Patrick's best friend Ryan Paul Bingen.

Anonymous said...

welcome!It is nice to see you.Ihope youare having fun.It is nice to meet someone from Ethiopia. FROM,TAYLOR

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcoux Family ~
Congratulations and Welcome to Helen & Thomas!
You have come home to a warm, loving and happy home.
We can't wait to meet you!
THe Bingen Family

faith said...

Helen & Thomas - Welcome to America and to you new family. You are so loved already and I hope that love helps you transition into your new home. I am looking forward to meeting both of you! Love, "Auntie" Faith

Anne said...

Dear Helen and Thomas Bedlu,
I was so happy to be able to see you both when I was in Ethiopia! Your family has been so eager for you to come home. Welcome to the United States and congratulations to you and your new family!

Anne Wing Matier
mommy to Hayat, friend of Thomas Bedlu at Wanna

Giessenmom2 said...

Most beautiful Helen and Thomas,
We have watched you grow and change through pictures and have loved you more each time a new picture came. We have prayed for you even before we knew your names.
You have a lot of people that feel like they know you already and can not wait to meet you. Jesus sent you to a wonderful family that is so full of love.
Welcome to America!
The Don Family

5KidMom said...

Helen and Thomas,

I am so excited to finally get to tell you WELCOME HOME!! You are both beautiful gifts to your new family. They have waited anxiously for this day for a long time, and along with all the rest of us, couldn't be happier to have you with them. There will be many more blessings and joys in your lives to come, but none as great as the blessing that God gave you all when He made you a family.

Blaine McCafferty
(and Will, Kayla, Tyler, Daniel, Justin & Grace)

Lizardo said...

Helen and Thomas,
Welcome welcome welcome to this crazy and amazing family. What a warm and caring environment you will grow up in! A bit of advice: Don't let Nora cover you in mayo, chocolate, and/or marker, don't let Claire dress you up TOO often (see previous blog), be sure to pick your own role in all of Brigid's impromptu performances, and whatever you do, never sign anything Patrick gives you until you read the fine print.

In all seriousness, feel confident that you are both treasures and you couldn't have found more wonderful people to call family.

Meet you in January,

Paige McNally said...

Dear Helen and Thomas,
Welcome to America and to your new home. It must be so difficult to leave all you have known to come to something so different. But, change can bring amazing things, things you maybe couldn't have imagined before. Be brave and know that you are surrounded by love. As you are lucky to have such a wonderful new family, so too are they lucky to have you. Welcome HOME! Love Shaun, Paige, Dillon, Moira, Abbie, and Flynn McNally

Anonymous said...

H & Baby TB,

Welcome to America! We are so excited!

The Heegs

Anonymous said...

Helen & Thomas -
Welcome to your new and future home. I cannot begin to tell you how fortunate you both are to have found a family that will love you so completely! Your new parents make it look awfully easy and terribly fufilling having such a large clan - and your siblings are second to none! May angels guide you and watch over you in your new life!
Love & Hugs, Kim (Pettey)

Phylicia Don said...

Dear Helen and Thomas,
I have seen all the wonderful pictures of you.I look forward to meeting you someday!Welcome to your new home.May you never forget Ethiopia and may Jesus watch over you and keep you!
Your Friend in Alaska, the place way up north,

Dawn Kararo said...

Dear Helen and Thomas,
You have been in the thoughts and prayers of so many people. We are all so happy for you to be joining a family that has loved you even before they met you. God has brought you here and I think he has great plans for you. You are a gift and a blessing to your parents both here and in heaven. The Marcoux family has a special place in our lives and we look forward to getting to know you better as you add to the joy of this loving family. God bless you always.
The Kararo's

Cath said...

We learn that wise men followed the stars for years to find the miracle of Christ. We've watched your family pray and follow the signs that led you to each other for years as well. I pray that you will remember the Advents and Christmases that brought you each to this first holiday season together. Grow in love, J, P, P, B, H, C, N, T.
The Spainhours

Destination-USA said...

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