Friday, September 12, 2008

They are home









Last night Sophia, Riz and I went to the Orlando airport to welcome home our friends Sharon and Mary Alice. Sharon, Mary Alice, Sharon's sister Marcia and sister in-law Monica all returned from their trip to China last night. They all looked tired but pretty darn good really. Mary Alice is simply adorable and was dressed in the same outfit that we brought Sophia home in (I cried when I saw Sharon had bough the same outfit.). The whole evening was very sweet.









We met the Hilton's at the arrival gate a little early so we could have drink and visit for a bit. It is always nice to visit with them they are some of our favorite people. Last night we talked about their impending referral (keeping things crossed that they will be in Oct. round of referrals) for McKenzie.










When the time for Sharon's plane was drawing near we made our way over to where they would come down the hall. This is the same place we came home to our family. It was very emotional for us to be living the excitement from the other side this time. We were standing right next to the ropes separating us from the TSA agents. They started talking to us and said they remembered us coming home a few months ago. The women said she remembered having to restrain Riz's father from running down the hall after us when we got within eye shot (lol). She said she loves seeing families come home and really loved being part of it.















My favorite part of the evening other then meeting Mary Alice of course was meeting Sharon's dad. He was exactly what I thought he would be. Very sweet and oh so excited to meet his newest grand daughter. He took pictures all night and when Sharon and Mary Alice started down the hall to all of us he turned to Riz and said this grandchild has my knees weak... It was so sweet...











Welcome Home Sharon and Mary Alice.... Sophia and I are looking forward to our first play date.....

6 comments:

wendy said...

Impressive you have photos up already. It was such a fun night! Great to meet you and your family. Maybe we'll see each other again at Sharon and MaryAlice get-togethers. Take care.
~wendy~

abg said...

How wonderful! It sounds like your night (as well as Sharon's and Mary Alice's) was great! I'm so happy they are home safely and she is now done with the wait too.
Amy

Kevin and Kimberly said...

She's a cutie...

I bet it was surreal being on the opposite side of the gate this time!

Great photos!

Sharon said...

Thanks for the post and photos! We survived the first night home. MaryAlice fell asleep in the car, but woke up at 3:30am wanting to play!!

Thanks for making that drive to the airport. That was very sweet of you...and thanks for the brownies and onsie..I love i!. They were yummy, especially at 3:30am!!

Looking forward to future playdates, especially once Makenzie is home too.

Christine said...

Oh boy how exciting you got to welcome Mary Alice and Sharon!!! You guys are lucky! tee hee It is funny that you sent me the comment on Tiffany's b/c I was just checking back at all your posts and tips about travel the other day. Writing all the good stuff down. thanks for writing all that stuff! and we will definitely check out Tiffany's! Yahoo!!!! China here we come!!!! ;)

Sherri & Todd said...

What a nice welcome home for MaryAlice! We could only be so lucky to have an airport full of people waiting for us when our day comes!
Sherri