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Coming Home

May 25, 2014

“Home is the nicest word there is.”  (L. Wilder)


Our flight arrived in Indianapolis late on Thursday night.

We found out shortly after our plane touched down that Josh Kaufman, this year’s winner of the TV show “The Voice”, arrived in Indianapolis just before us.  Apparently there was a huge crowd to welcome him home at the airport.  Just minutes before we walked in, the crowd cleared out and the mayhem disappeared.  Just before we reached Bryan’s arms, all was calm.  Great timing, Josh!  Thank you : )

By design, Bryan was the only person there waiting for us.  (And my cousin, Lynelle, who graciously agreed to come out and photograph Haven’s first moments with his daddy.)  We didn’t ask anyone to come to the airport.  We made no big announcement about our scheduled arrival time.

Early in this adoption journey, I envisioned a big homecoming for Haven….with friends and family members gathered together at the airport.  But, once we learned how late our flight was supposed to touch down in Indy, I felt as though God had something different in store for our homecoming.

No big crowds.  Not a lot of fuss or fanfare.  Just an intimate, simple “welcome home” from a father to his son.

Bryan was the first to welcome Sidney, Jackson, and Morganne into our lives.  He was the first person to hold them after their c-section births.

And he was the first one there the other night at the Indianapolis International Airport.  He was the first (and only) one there to officially welcome Haven home.

It was perfect.

The images below document our long journey home.  How long?  About 24 hours of air travel and layovers in various airports.  (Guangzhou – Beijing – Detroit – Indy)

My heart is so full when I look through these.

It feels so good to be home.  So good.


“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:29-30)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara Varnes permalink
    May 25, 2014 9:10 pm

    Oh Carly, this post, of them all, brought years to my eyes! I think I know how anxious/nervous my big brother was to come get you all and to see the joy in all your faces at all being together finally just makes me smile!!

  2. May 25, 2014 9:38 pm

    Thanks, Aunt Sara 🙂

  3. Mary Jane permalink
    May 26, 2014 12:34 pm

    What awesome pics! Isn’t it awesome the way the LORD knew just how this homecoming should be? It looked perfect.

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