15 June 2010

Sofia's HOME!!!!

Sofia arrived to her brand new home this evening - to open arms and hearts full of love and joy! She traveled half way around the world from an orphanage in the Ukraine, to an adoptive family where she we will be loved forever.

The moment Jen, Hector, and Sofia came down the escalator... whew! Talk about water works...

Hi, Baby Girl!



I didn't take too many pictures (believe it or not), and the few I did take didn't come out great (some are really blurry) because I turned my flash off so it wouldn't be overwhelming for Sofia.

The Sisterhood (well, some of us anyway)


Sheree's sparkly sign :)


A little book I had made for Sofia as a welcome home gift so she could get a jump start on learning about her buddies


And then here she was! With her Nana :)



Snuggling Miss Sheree (Sofia is a TOTAL snuggle bug)



With Miss Jonna (my favorite picture of the evening!)


Miss Jenny


And finally... my turn!

I swear she's smiling here!

CONGRATULATIONS, SANCHEZ FAMILY!


And now... a bonus video of Joaquin walking :)

34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...how exciting! I can not wait to make a trip this summer to meet all of you! Thanks for sharing this clip...and look forward to watching them grow as a family of six! She is beautiful!!!

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  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for capturing all of this because we didn't really catch anything. I think I thought I was filming but must have turned it off. Oh thank you for everything sister...from the bottom of my heart!
    xo

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  3. Ok, thanks for making me cry so early in the morning. OMGosh this brings back sooo many memories!!

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  4. Thank You so much for this!!!!! This is absolutely amazing!!!! I am so happy for the Sanchez family!!!! Just such a MIRACLE!!!

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  5. Awesome, thanks for sharing! Congratulations to the Sanchez family she is a beautiful little girl. Tears of joy!!!

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  6. Ohhhhhhh i am in tears and got the chill bumps going on!!! Thank you for sharing this!!!
    Sunnie in NC

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  7. Awesome!!! Congratulations Sanchez Family!!! Ahh, Im totally bawling...
    xo

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS Sanchez Family!! (Tears of joy:)
    Welcomc HOME Sofia!!

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  9. every family who adopts should be so lucky as to get this kind of reception!!!!! a few weeks ago she was an orphan. Now look at all the people who LOVE her!!!

    also hearing everyone laugh and "awwwww" when she waved, or when Joaquin kissed her made me laugh. You ladies are amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. also the walking video? SO CUTE. I love that he claps for himself.

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  11. It's an amazing thing to witness a miracle... and it's impossible for me not to cry with joy! Thank you for capturing this for the Sanchez family, and than you for sharing this miracle with all of us!

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  12. What a beautiful homecoming for a beautiful family!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  13. Congratulations, Sanchez family!! How exciting! What a beautiful, sweet little addition to your family! :-)

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  14. The Capell FamilyJune 16, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    This is such an amazing story...congratulations to the Sanchez family!! Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful and uplifting story.

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  15. Oh my gosh.....what a treasure that you caught all of this on tape! I had tears streaming as I watched this...just beautiful!!

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  16. Yay!!! What a lucky little girl she is! Congratulations Sanchez family on your new addition!!!

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  17. Awesome, just awesome. I am sitting here crying and cheering. Lisa, I just love love love that picture of Sofia leaning into you. You're the best sister :-)

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  18. This warms my heart. The friends, the family, the wonderful welcome. Amazing!

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  19. Oh this made my whole day! Week! Year! I've followed this blog for so long it's so great to see such a sweet beginning for this family of 6! I have a 36y/o brother with Down syndrome and he's inspired me and my husband to adopt a little girl through reeces rainbow. We havent found the one yet, but we're waiting and praying!I actually included Sofia in my blog about adoption:

    http://glutenfreewhome.blogspot.com/2010/05/if-i-had-world-of-my-own.html

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  20. WOW, how beautiful. :) So happy for you all, even though we are strangers!

    God bless you!

    Edna

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  21. Wow,wow and really wow!!So excited.what an incredible journey it has been.How blessed you all are up there,almost worth the 3 hour drive to be part of the beautiful community you have with ALL of your incredibly perfect little loves.May have to round up our group in the surrounding LA area and come have a big party ... wouldn't that be a blast!
    Thanks again for posting.

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  22. Wow! Love it! They are so lucky to have such loving and supportive friends and family surrounding them!! Sofia -- WELCOME HOME!!

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  23. Yay!!! Shedding a few tears this morning as I see this sweet home coming!! She is sooo precious and I praise God that she is home with her family.

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  24. cannot help but cry (happy tears) watching this video of sofia coming home and meeting her family that is waiting to greet her (and her parents)! I just love how she is waving to everyone and her adorable smile! joaquin could not be sweeter with her (was he wiping off her kiss? too cute!) joaquin is doing such a great job walking, too!!! lisa - thanks for taking the video and sharing the video and pics with all of us!!!!!!

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  25. I'm bummed we missed the Sisterhood photo by a couple minutes! But I'm so glad we could be there to watch this beautiful homecoming. Watching the video brought it all back (the tears!). I can't get over how sweet she was after a long travel and the boys kissing Sofia and her precious smile and that chunk! What a butterball. I love her already! Thanks for posting, Lisa. I'll post what I have, too.

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  26. How thoughtful and what sweethearts you all are to capture and create this amazing moment for them. We are all so blessed to have such a loving community!

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  27. Happy tears!!!!! This is sooo wonderful!

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  28. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. How gorgeous! There's not a dry eye in this house :)

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  30. I love the video and photos thanks

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  31. Oh wow....so emotional. I'm so happy for your family. Your daughter is beautiful, and so are your sons. What a wonderful family you've created. Such a blessing!

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  32. You don't know me, but sweet Sarah, my Genetically Enhanced oldest child, is now 33 years old! I cried and cried as I read your blog on Sofia, then clicked on this link. If I weren't too old to finish the job, I'd start over with another little family of children from Ukraine who have Down Syndrome. We call them Doodles, as a code word. :) Thank you so much for journaling all this and posting it. Such sweet memories.

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  33. how precious are these pictures and videos! Congrats to the Sanchez family!

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  34. Oh' Lisa....I have such HAPPY tears right now!!!!Absolutely beautiful moments that you captured! Can't believe it has been a year already!!! You are AMAZING!
    XOXO,
    Jonna

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