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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

sheer joy


Our friends the Akins brought their little boy, named Elijah (Eli), from China this week. They've been waiting for two years to bring him home and the Akins are good friends of ours, so we were all excited. I was nervous and eager enough to meet Eli when we went to the airport, and I can't imagine how excited the Akin children were!














We waited for over thirty minutes, and when we finally did see the Akin's parents and Elijah, everyone started cheering (or in some cases, crying).








Eli was so cheerful and happy, though it did take him a moment to warm up. Afterwards he was running around smiling and greeting everyone! It was such a great experience, and I'm really happy for the Akins. It makes me want to adopt a kid of my own. Of course, I think I'll have to save up for awhile if I want to do that. ;)

Do you know anyone who adopted any children? Does your family have adopted children, or are even you an adopted child?


13 comments:

  1. I loved this post! These pictures are great!! :)

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  2. my friends are in the process of adopting RIGHT NOW!!(:

    baby4boutin.com (their site)

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  3. That's so neat. Adoption is so special. And I can say that honestly because I was adopted. :)

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  4. I have ALWAYS wanted to adopt. Hurrah for the Akins!

    We have almost had 2 babies, but the birth mothers, (when they saw the precious little bundles from God) changed their minds. We also tried to adopt from Ethiopia, through a certain agency, but they changed it so you have to have 6 kids or less and we had 7 at the time.

    Congratulations to the Akins again!

    Emma Lou

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  5. i love beautiful moments such as these! you captured the emotion well.

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  6. WOW. Amazing. You captured the joy and happiness so perfectly! so happy for that family!

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  7. lovely post kendra! these photos make me smile...

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  8. Awwwwee this makes me want to adopt.

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  9. We are in the process of adopting a 12 year old boy from Ukraine right now!

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    1. AK, that's so cool! Just prayed everything would go well.

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