Mia's Homecoming Video

At last I see the light

One Less Orphan: Mia's gotcha day

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The moment we've all been waiting for...
































We finally met our girl! Unfortunately we only got 10 minutes with her because it was almost lunch time and then we couldn't go back later because of all the paperwork that needed to be done around town. It was so sweet to see how they had dolled her all up! They had taken a lot of time to do her hair in these little tiny clips all over.
There are so many things I want to say and so many feelings we have had today that I want to share but the details will have to wait until tomorrow.
This has been by far one of the craziest days of my life and we are WIPED out! We got off the over night 12 hour train and literally did not stop until now...10:30 tonight! I have so much to say and so many details and some video of when we met her but I will have to post it tomorrow because we have an early day again and I can not keep my eyes open.
As you can tell from the pictures she LOVED the phone in the purse. She is such a little doll and I can't wait to tell you more about her tomorrow! We get to visit her from 9-12 and from 4-6 each day so we are excited to go see her in the morning! She was a little nervous to meet us, although she did finally give Kris a big hug when the nurse told her too and she let me give her a little hug at the end...so we look forward to having her warm up to us. We will fill in the details in the morning but I knew the pictures couldn't wait any longer.
We are so thankful to have met her and so grateful for all the prayers, love and support we feel!
Kyra, Adrie, and Bree we miss you and we love you!
More tomorrow.....

83 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! She is absolutely adorable and super precious! We are so excited for you guys!

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  2. Look at her!! LOOK at YOU!!! That smile on your face is sooooo bright!!! i'm so happy for you Kecia!!

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  3. Oh how exciting!! She's beautiful!! Happy Day!!

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  4. awwww...she is such a doll! so happy for you, i know your heart must have felt like it was just going to burst after all this time dreaming of this moment :) can't wait to see more!

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  5. I have been a facebook/blogspot junkie waiting for this! Love you guys so much, you're amazing!

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  6. I'm a wreck right now! I'm just so happy for you! You and Kris are just glowing in those pictures. This was truly meant to be. I love seeing all those pictures of her! She is darling. My favorite picture is when Kris is kissing her and she's pulling a funny face. I am so excited to hear more!! I can't stop smiling and crying! What a happy day!

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  7. Yay!!! Can't wait to hear more!!

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  8. Oh my goodness, she is so adorable! And I love that she was all dolled up to see her forever family! What a happy happy day, can't wait to see and hear more!

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  9. Oh my gosh, I am sitting here crying!!! Those pictures are beautiful!!! The one of her giving Kris a big hug and him kissing her are priceless!!! So happy you finally got to meet her!!! You look so happy!!! I love how your face is beaming!!! Can't wait to hear and see more!!

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  10. she's adorable! And I know what you mean about the running!!

    Can't wait to hear the details :)

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  11. Hip hip horray! SO happy to see her sweet face. The look on your face and your excitement is priceless Kecia. Kris looks so relaxed and happy too! She is a doll. Your girls are going to be so excited to see her when they get home from school today. I look forward to the video! Get some sleep if it is at all possible. Love you guys! It's nice to finally see you Kareen.

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  12. I'm dying right now, she's adorable!! Give her lots of hugs and kisses from us, I can't wait to squeeze her! Love you guys!

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  13. Message from Adrie:
    Kareen's face looks a lot like Bree. My favorite picture is the one of her giving dad a hug. Did she play with lots of toys? Did she play with the elephant in the picture? I love you and miss you, too.
    Adrie

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  14. We are dying over here and can't even wait to see more of her! She is the sweetest little thing and SO beautiful! Can't even imagine the joy you're feeling tight now!

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  15. She is so cute! I can't wait to hear more!

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  16. LOVE it, Kecia!! Love seeing these!! :) My oldest is sooo excited to see these, she feels a connection with y'all because her BFF moved to your town last year. ;) We are all excited for you! Can't wait to see and read more!

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  17. There is so much to say but I will just tell you 2 things... First, Kris I hope that you are not planning on getting much done in the future because it looks like you just might have another daddies girl and your arms are going to be very full with twins separated at birth. Second, I think all that is missing from the pictures are the halos you are all glowing! Congratulations!!!!!!

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  18. Oh Kecia...I've never seen you look happier. She is so cute. I love that they put all those little clips in her hair. That first picture of you watching her play is priceless. I can't even imagine what you're feeling. I love the picture of her and Kris hugging. The orphanage looks so darling. Oh I can't wait to hear more about it. i showed Avery these pictures and she said, "Oh that's my friend Kareen!" Enjoy every minute with her. Love you!

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  19. Oh my goodness, she couldn't be any cuter. So happy for you guys and can't wait to read more about your visit. I'm glad you get much longer ones in the days to come.

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  20. What a little dollie! I love the cute dress she is wearing, obviously she is very loved where she is, someone took a lot of care getting her ready! How many clippies was that in her hair? lol. She looks very healthy too! I can't believe how amazing the 2 of you look after all that traveling! Can't wait to see more pictures and read more about your journey!!!

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  21. It is so exciting to see her! She has grown up a lot from the one picture we’ve all been looking at these past few months! She is beautiful and I love how dolled up she was to meet her new family. I am soooooo excited for you and your family! And I feel so lucky that I am going to be able to meet her for myself. Get lots of rest! Can’t wait to hear all of the details and see the video.
    xo

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  22. Yayy!! She is soo sweet!! I love her little dress and hair!! So precious! She looks like I pictured. She looks a lot like her picture, just a little older. I am soo happy for you guys!! I can't wait to see more!!

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  23. Tate was super excited to see her, we have been checking all day. He just kept saying, "Oh she is so cute,"
    Can't wait to meet her!

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  24. She is gorgeous! Congratulations!! :)

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  25. Oh my goodness...she is BEAUTIFUL!!! I wish you could see my beaming face right now. I am so excited for you to have finally met her. Enjoy every minute of it. I, too, loved how pretty they made her look for you. To me that shows that they do care about her and want you to love her :)

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  26. Seeing the smile on your face Kecia... made me almost cry.She is so darling and we all are so very excited for your precious family!

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  27. Hooray that you're finally there holding her! She is so darling! I love that they did her hair so cute and dressed her up! She seems so sweet! We can hardly wait to meet her! We're praying that everything keeps going smoothly! We love you guys!

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  28. Crying again...I have checked facebook 5 times since I got home 1.5 hours ago, waiting for your update...I love it! Congrats. We're praying you get to bring her home this trip!! Fingers crossed....I just can't stand thinking that you just left your three precious girls here in Utah, and then having to return to them, but leave Kareen....hopefully this prayer is God's plan!!

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  29. She's precious! I love how they dolled her up for you -- and her eyes are STUNNING!

    It was a year ago today that we met our daughter, Lilya for the first time. How fun that you met Kareen today! :)

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  30. YAY! It got me teary! I am so happy for her. So happy for you. So happy!

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  31. She is adorable! So nice to see they took so much time getting her ready for you. Thanks for the pictures even though you were running on empty. Can't wait to see and read more tomorrow!

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  32. So soooo happy for you, and her! Love how they did her hair all fancy. What a great day!!!

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  33. Oh man, she is so gorgeous! And look how cute she looked for you! She looks like she is well taken care of. I remember that first day being non stop! And that was the day Jax went into the hospital, and I couldn't get any info until 11 that night!

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  34. AGHH!! I'm SO excited for you guys!!! I have been thinking about you all day! I am crying! Like everyone has said, you look so happy. Those pictures of you and Kris show PURE JOY!! She is darling and looks amazing. I can't wait to hear more details but I am so glad you have been able to meet her. YAY!! xoxoxo

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  35. Okay, sitting at the boys tae kwon do crying! I have been checking facebook hourly! Love love love the pictures. The picture of her hugging Kris got me the most! So precious! I agree with everyone...you all look so happy, the orphanage looks adorable and the dress and hair was precious! Love you and can't wait to hear more!

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  36. LOVE - it's all I can think about it LOVE. Your smiles and joy have me in tears and I can feel your excitment all the way from Utah. She looks so healthy and happy and I cannot wait to hear more details. I am adicted to this journey!

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  37. She is precious!! Love the pics and I can't wait to hear all about your experience. Sending warm thoughts your way.

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  38. What a little beauty!!! Tears! What a relief too see these pictures of this sweetie in your arms. Finally! I'm so happy for you! I love how they dolled her up! Is there anything cuter? All ready to meet her new parents. I love it!!!

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  39. I can't quit looking at these. Presley came in to look at them with me - she looked at one of Kecia holding Kareen and said "that mommy is SO happy"! Thank you for sharing your love and joy with all of us through these pictures. We can't wait to read more about all that you're doing and experiencing. I wish I could stay here until you get home so that I could see all of you; I guess it will be another good excuse for a return trip to Utah. Love you! Gayla

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  40. So, I got the text from Kris this morning and kept checking all morning for a new post from you - then, right before going over to work, I see your post - but no pictures, yet. Then, at work I get a text from Camme saying she can't stop looking at her and crying, so I text her back and tell her that I'm at work and can't get on facebook or blogs - so, Camme, since she's like me, can't send pictures on the phone, so, Caitlyn texts me three adorable pictures that I had to show everyone at work! Now I'm home and dad and I are smiling and crying and crying and smiling! What a beautiful miracle!! Love it! Love you all! xoxoxo

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  41. Yeah! I have been waiting for this all day! She is beautiful, and we are so happy for you guys. One step closer to having her home with you forever. Good luck guys!

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  42. Such a miracle! She is beautiful and you are glowing!! Can't wait to hear the rest!

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  43. I found out about Kareen through Lily's blog and have been following your blog and eagerly waited for this post. What an adorable little girl she is. Simply beautiful! It is nice that they got here all dressed up to meet you - shows that they care about her. Can't wait to hear more!!!

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  44. She is Beautiful! How hard that is was only 10 minutes. I can't imagine. I'll bet it was hard to leave. Can't wait to hear and see more. Anna H.

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  45. I am so excited for you guys! She is beautiful and I can't wait to hear more!

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  46. Yeah for you! What a special day! Julie called me so excited to tell me that you finally met her! She is a doll! I hope that everything continues to go well. Enjoy your baby and the sleepless nights in anticipation of spending more time with her! Enjoy every moment, I am enjoying watching it all happen. Your family is so blessed. I love the picture of your husband hugging her and her face all scrunched up and one eye looking at him! PRICELESS!

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  47. Oh my goodness, they did have her all dolled up. She is beautiful! Can't wait to hear how your visits go!

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  48. I am so happy. I love seeing these pics. I had a hard time falling asleep after reading your post yesterday. I was so excited and anxious for you to see her and hold her. I LOVE the Pics of Kris holding her. SO sweet. Thanks for sharing this sweet tender experience with me. Tristan and I have been thinking about adoption for a long time now, and so it has been so sweet to share this with you. Love you guys!! Hope to see you all soon! Katie and Tristan

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  49. What an exciting time to finally meet your little girl. She will be just perfect for your family.

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  50. She looks so cute! And from the pictures it seems like she is not in too bad of a place, which is probably a huge relief to you guys. Can't wait to hear more!
    www.moveanymountian.blogspot.com

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  51. She is beautiful. Congratulations!

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  52. In God's time
    simply spectacular

    xoxo
    cathy

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  53. She's beautiful!! We're so happy for you guys!!

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  54. Congrats Kris and Kecia! She is ADORABLE!! I cant wait to meet her in person! :)

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  55. So sweet Kecia! Those pictures are so heartwarming. You guys are beaming. And she is a doll. Good luck with the rest of your trip. ♥ the Kellys

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  56. Kareen is adorable!! Congratulations! I'm praying for you and your family.
    Yvonne (a blog stalker who has become a big believer in Reece's Rainbow)

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  57. God is good. She is so precious. God bless all of you. Grammi Faith

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  58. I've looked at the pictures like a 100 times today! I can't get over how adorable she is! I'm just so happy for you guys! I'm so excited to hug her and play with her! Can't wait for more updates! Love you both!

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  59. Omgoodness!!! Bahaha lovin the hairdo! She looks adorable, all dressed up in her Sunday best to meet her mama and papa!!!! So anxious to read your update... wasn't meeting her so surreal? That is how it was for me. :)

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  60. This is beyond exciting! Praise God!

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  61. I got goose bumps when I saw you guys...we are keeping you in our prayers and hope all goes well. Thanks for sharing

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  62. Another miracle!!! How absolutely beautiful she is!!! Love the hair!!!
    can't even express my happiness for your family. can't wait to see more pics! Take care!

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  63. Ohmygosh, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I'm so excited for you, Kecia!! The photo of her hugging her daddy just made me cry.

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  64. We have been praying so long for Kareen - my family is happy to tears to see the pictures!!!

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  65. Oh my goodness! She is so beautiful!!!

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  66. YAY!!!! She is so beautiful and the absolute perfect compliment to your family!!!

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  67. Oh my goodness, Kareen is absolutely a doll!! I am so happy for you and will continue to send prayers your way. I just love all the pictures, especially the one where your husband is giving her a kiss :)

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  68. Kec and Kris this is wonderful! I have had computer problems (talk about terrible timing!) so I have loved, loved reading about your experience! I love Kareen's face when Kris is giving her a kiss. She'll have to get used to lots and lots of those kisses, I'm thinking! She is so so cute! Praying for things to go smoothly so you can ALL THREE be returning home quickly!

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  69. It looks like it was a beautiful moment in time for all three of you. I was so excited to check your blog today. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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  70. Kecia and Kris, I cannot stop looking at these pics.I did absolutely nothing yesterday except stay on the computer. I would read and re-read your post. I clicked on every pic and enlarged it so I could take an even closer look at your sweet baby. And here I am today still reading and looking at your photos. I cannot wait to see more. Hope you had a great day with her today. smiles and hugs!

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  71. so happy! I would love to post this on my blog do you mind if I add a pict too. Have a great day with your girl, she is sooooo beautiful

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  72. Love your face in that first picture! She is so cute and a perfect fit! Looking forward to more...

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  73. What a gorgeous little girl! Those eyes, oh my, she almost has an ethereal beauty! I am SO happy that Kareen has a family now, thank God for that! Praying for everything to mov along smoothly!

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  74. She is sooo beautiful!! So happy for you & will keep praying for all of you. :)

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  75. I haven't been on here for a few days so I am reading this three days late! But have three days worth of beautiful stories and pictures too take in all at once.
    I don't know if it's because I know you and your family and know what kind of life you will provide for your new daughter, but I have tears just flowing down my face!
    You did so good you guys! I'm so happy for you and when I think of what you are giving this little girl I just start crying again!

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  76. Oh my goodness how time flies! It probably felt like forever from the saying YES to finally seeing her, but I can't believe it's happened!

    & how they dolled her up to meet you!!

    Congratulations! I'm so thrilled to see this!

    Thank you Lord!!

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  77. Congratulations! Mia is a beautiful little girl and the spirit just radiates from her. Thank you for loving her so much.

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