meeting addie

Friday, October 20, SeaTac International Airport 10:02 a.m.

I was so nervous. I’ve waited almost two years, played this scene out in
my mind dozens of times and all of a sudden was standing at the top
of escalator, baggage claim #8 waiting for a flight from Tokyo. The
flight landed, passengers of course had to come through customs — but
business travels started appearing within 15 minutes! I kept telling
myself, this is it — soak it all in. We snapped pictures of our group and chatted with our adoption coordinators …

Meetingaddie

Then Geof said, did you bring something for the escort? Hate to say this, but hadn’t even crossed my mind! I ran over to the little coffee shop and start grabbing all this Seattle stuff (calendar, mug, Sees chocolates and a post card) I then in a state of near panic, totally afriad I miss everything, I wait in what feels like a very long line (the woman in front of me had just come in on the same flight! I thought about explaining why she needed to let me go first, but couldn’t even catch my breath or form a coherent thought — I just stood there, waiting getting more and more anxious — never in all of my imaginings had I pictured myself in line at the gift shop, missing everything! I had to get through this line. My boys were running all around — it was crazy — but somehow I knew it would be OK. I got back over to our group, and waited maybe another 2 or 3 minutes when all of sudden I see this beautiful middle-aged woman come up the escalator with a snuggli, and I knew this was it. I could feel the flood gates opening as I walked toward her. So much emotion — my boys all of a sudden right there and quiet and just watching. Kim, our adoption coordinator exchanged a few words from her and I managed to say thank you in Korean as she unbuckled the little pack and handed me the most precious baby girl — took her my arms and held her — wish I could say it in a more eloquent way, but it was perfect. The most amazing warmth washed over me and I just knew she was mine. The rest is a blurr — luckily, the other coordinator was recording it all. I can say that it was  pure magic, when you realize in a moment everything that has had to happen to bring you to this point and wonder how it all transpires — it was a culminating assurance for me that God, a loving father in heaven orchestrates and guides and prepares and blesses families across the globe. It is nothing short of a miracle — with a whole bunch of paperwork attached! 

Treyaddie_1

My boys are estatic — much more than I had hoped for. So attentive and sweet and instinctively gentle. Here she is in Trey’s arms …

Addieclark

And napping with Clark.

We are all home and aside from the fact that this sweet little has an internal clock set to Korea, we are well!

Comments

  1. I am sitting here crying as I read this, so happy for this perfect little girl who has found herself a loving family. How blessed you all are, congratulations, she is beautiful.

  2. Mary Geiger says:

    Oh how darling she is. Your story is one of inspiration and hope. Congratulations on the welcoming Addie into your home.

  3. kendra Pamenter says:

    Stacy,
    Now that I’ve dried my eyes & blown my nose, I can type here to tell you that I’m so happy for all of you! Thanks for ‘taking us along’ on your journey at the airport. Addie is adorable! And I love the photo of you & your mom with your daughter… so sweet that both of you have red eyes from crying tears of joy. :)
    Congrats!!

  4. Congrats to the Julian family. You are truly blessed with an adorable angel.

  5. Jacqueline Tucker says:

    I, too am in tears – your excitement and wonder at how God has blessed you I felt 37 years ago when I took my daughter in my arms for the first time.
    There are no words to express my joy for you and your family – and for little Addie too.
    God bless you all
    Jacqueline

  6. Oh Stacy, how incredible. My heart is so full for all of you. Congratulations to you and your whole family!

  7. I have been so waiting for you to have this moment Stacey, what a huge blessing in your life, our Father in Heaven is such a wonderful person, who loves us and wants us to be happy.
    HAving a daughter is a wonderful thing,you already are such an amazing mother!
    she is just gorgeous!
    Many blessings to you all!

  8. So much happiness sent your way. She is so adorable and congrats on your new baby girl.
    Jeannie

  9. We are so HAPPY for you and your family! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  10. So incredibly happy for your whole family. Congratulations!

  11. So so so happy for you. Crying and smiling at the same time… knowing how long you’ve been waiting for this.
    She’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to meet her!
    MR

  12. Congratulations. I have had you and your family in my thoughts and prayers this whole weekend. She is a beautiful little girl.

  13. How wonderful for you…she’s beautiful, simply beautiful!! Such a lucky little girl!Congratulations! Love and best wishes to you and your family!!

  14. I can only say how very happy I am for all the Julians. God bless and keep you all.

  15. As a mother of 3 boys I am SO TRULY happy for you and can only hope & pray that this same blessing will happen for us someday!! Enjoy this time and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  16. I am so happy, Stacy. Tears in my eyes.
    This is such a good thing.
    I love you.
    Love to your newly englarged family.
    : )
    c

  17. I was crying reading this! So amazing…you are soooo wonderful! She is so wonderful! God is great isn’t he ;)
    Hugs, love and prayers!

  18. Congratulations! I can’t believe I am sitting hear reading and crying for you. But as a mother of two grown girls I just wanted to say how happy I was for you and your family. It’s a very special bond. Enjoy every moment. And its so sweet that the boys are so excited also.

  19. Oh, Stacy…
    I can’t tell you how your story has touched me. I am so overwhelmed with joy for you and your family – especially precious little Addie. I kept you and your family in my prayers all day Friday. Thanks for finding the time to post. Enjoy every minute with your little angel.
    Tracy :)

  20. Congratulations! We’ve been praying for your family, and we are so thrilled that Addie is with you safe and sound. Now your waiting is over and the real adventure begins! Enjoy every moment! Thank you so very much for sharing with so many of us your wonderful news!

  21. Congratulations!! She is precious! Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us! Enjoy every minute!

  22. Amy Stultz says:

    Stacy I am so thrilled for you and your family. As I read this crying, my own dd asked me what was the matter. I told her nothing honey, all is right with the world tonight.
    She wants you to know that Addie is adorable and she thinks she looks like you.
    Thanks for giving the opportunity to discuss adoption with my daughter.
    God Bless you all.

  23. I am so happy for you and your family. I am expecting my first child and reading your story of meeting Addie for the first time overwhelmed me with happiness. Enjoy every minute.

  24. Mary Ellen says:

    God is so amazing….just thinking that He knew at the foundations of the earth that this little girl would be yours…you are truly blessed….love that teary new-mom photo!
    HUGE congrats to you and all your boys! AND to your new DAUGHTER!
    (((hugs)))
    Mary Ellen

  25. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am sitting here with goose bumps and excitement for you and your family! She is absolutely gorgeous! Best Wishes for you and your family….enjoy!!!!!! (((HUGS)))

  26. How wonderful! (I type with tears in my eyes…tears of joy).
    Life is incredible.

  27. this post should have included tissues! glad to see that i am not the only one crying. what a precious little one. God is so good. enjoy his blessings.

  28. Awwwwww what a precious girl. Congrats to all of you.

  29. So happy for you all on the welcome of your sweet new baby girl. She’s absolutely darling, Stacy. Enjoy every second (like I have to tell you that!)
    Congratulations from the Thompsons!

  30. Congratulations to you Stacy and your family. I too type with teary eyes. I have an adopted daughter, and have experienced all the joy and emotion that you are feeling. What a blessing, and what a beautiful baby girl!

  31. We are all thrilled. She is beautiful and you are a radiant new mom! What an amazing blessing. Love to you all from all of us!

  32. Look at that little princess! She is beautiful! Congrats to you and your family. Heavenly Father sent you a new little angel. :)

  33. Congrats to you and your family, Stacy. She’s beautiful! What a lucky girl to have three big brothers to protect her and parents to love her forever. Can’t wait to watch her grow up!
    Jennie

  34. Wow, I was crying with you as I read your entry for today! Congratulations on a beautiful baby girl!

  35. ElizabethW says:

    I’ve been checking all weekend for an update – thank you so much for sharing! She’s gorgeous.

  36. Ann Hutton says:

    Thank you for letting us be a part of this journey. The picture of Clark and her napping is pricless. My best to you and your family.

  37. KatieButler says:

    Our good friends adopted a little girl from Korea at this time of year four years ago, and reading your post brings back all the memories of their anticipation and joy upon her arrival.
    Welcome, Addie, and blessings to your family.

  38. Tammy Heckel says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. What a blessing! She is a beautiful little girl. Treasure every minute, even the ones in the middle of the night. As you know, it goes way too fast!

  39. Oh Stacy, Addie is just beautiful and I love, love, love the top picture of the three generations… here’s wishing you a lifetime of breathtaking, tears of joy moments with your adorable new daughter. Congrats to the Julians! Hooray!

  40. What a beautiful story, little girl, family and person you are! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Marilyn Johnson says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your special moment with us. I have a boy and a girl, you are in for quite a ride, girls are so much different! Enjoy every moment and best wishes to you and your family!

  42. How wonderful! And what sweet pictures. I have a friend who adopted two children from Korea and she looks just like you did in that picture. Red eyed, crying but immeasureably happy. What a great experience for you and your entire family. She is a beautiful, and loved, child.

  43. SO happy for you!!!

  44. This is the best thing i’ve read all day! In between wiping my eyes, i’m so happy for your family! Wishing you more joy, wonder and hoping some sleep!

  45. She is beautiful.
    The Julian Family is blessed :)

  46. Oh, she is beautiful!! What a lovely story to read. :)
    Congrats to you and your family- you are truly blessed!! :)

  47. that’s it
    I have GOT to learn to keep the box of kleenex right here by my computer.
    She is so beautiful – and so very yours. It was meant to be.
    Congratulations to all of you!

  48. Congratulations, she’s an absolute darling.

  49. jennifer mcguire says:

    Many many blessings to you, darling!

  50. Your entry today brought tears to my eyes! What a lucky little girl! Congratulations!!

  51. CONGRATULATIONS Julian Family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Addie is just adorable, what a fabulous time your family have ahead of you with a new daughter and sister to love!
    Enjoy every moment.
    Cheers,
    Lee :)

  52. Congratulations! She is lovely, and lucky to have you and your family as her own!

  53. Loydene Brock says:

    Congratulations to you and your family on your beautiful daughter!

  54. Congratulations Julian family, and welcome to sweet Addie :-)

  55. She is so beautiful…and so loved!
    Congratulations!

  56. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I’m crying again. So Wonderful.
    Audrey

  57. I have been thinking about you and your family all weekend. And couldnt wait for the picture of your little blessing. Although instantly I couldnt see it through the tears. Thanks for sharing your joy with those of us who only know you in the print and internet world. It is a beautiful reminder of Gods love and generosity for all His Children.

  58. Congratulations! She is so perfect–and is the perfect addition to your family! Lots of love to you all.

  59. Oh my gosh! Congratulations! My roommate and I have been waiting all weekend to hear how things went. We’re very happy for you!

  60. She is gorgeous and so very lucky. Congratulations.

  61. I’ve been waiting all weekend for an update!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! What a huge blessing, and a cute one too! :) I could feel the warmth and anxiety and excitement in your post. What a beautiful family you all are!

  62. Congratulations! I’ve been eagerly waiting to meet your new little one and she is beautiful! Blessings.

  63. She is beautiful. Congratulations to you and your family.

  64. What a delight. I am writing with tears in my eyes- love that the tears in yours are visibile in the first pic. Miss Addie is a blessing from God- as is your family to her.

  65. Stacy, Me too.. tears in my eyes as I ready your post… so so touching. I am oh so happy for you.
    What a miracle.
    enjoy all the moments, every one.
    hugs to you and your family,

  66. Congratulations! She is adorable. What a wonderful blessing… :)

  67. Congratulations to you and your family! What a wonderful blessing for you all!
    Jamie

  68. Stephanie Menzock says:

    To The Julians — God has truly blessed you. Congrats!

  69. What a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations!!

  70. mom78968400 says:

    Could hardly wait for this posting. Kept checking back now and then. Thank you for allowing us all into this intimate part of your family. God Bless you and all of us as we will be better people because you allowed your heart to love again and share it all with us.

  71. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you all! A friend (who was adopted) once said that he knew H.Father had found the perfect family for him. I know that you are the perfect family for Addie, she is definitely a Julian!

  72. I too sat her crying as I read your post. Little girls are so wonderful!! I have 2 daughters and 1 so. Bless you and your family. Congrats on your wonderful addition to your family, Addie is gorgeous.

  73. Stacy, I’m so happy for you and your guys and precious little Addie. She will be so loved – that is obvious. Thanks for sharing your journey with us so we can share in your joy. Love it when good things happen to good people.

  74. Stacy, I’m so happy for you and your guys and precious little Addie. She will be so loved – that is obvious. Thanks for sharing your journey with us so we can share in your joy. Love it when good things happen to good people.

  75. Congrats. Before I could even start reading..I WAS IN TEARS!!! I am so happy for you..and I know these tears will stop soon…! ((hugs))…gina

  76. scrapn4keeps says:

    I’m so happy for you, Stacy! Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful!
    Betsy

  77. Congrats Stacys! Addie’s beautiful . . .and that little baby mouth . . .oh so sweet!
    I had to go back on the blog searching to see when she was born. I remembered reading it, but thought she’d look older than she looks (I remembered the 3-6 month window you mentioned, I guess). From one gal who was made a mom to a baby girl on July 1st to another . .. . I wish for you many blessings and wonderful times with her.

  78. Stacy,
    Much joy and many blessings to all of you. Glad your daughter is now home with her family.

  79. Stacy…she is simply divine. I am so so happy for you.

  80. Lori Carlson says:

    I am sitting in front of my computer with tears streaming down my face–thank you for sharing your amazing, beautiful, personal story of the miracle of adoption. And she is SUCH a cutie! It’s great to hear the boys are doing so well with the adjustment, too. Many, many blessings on your family in the days and weeks to come–
    Lori Carlson

  81. Stacy, I am so thrilled for you. Congratulations on the wonderful, precious, PINK, addition to your lovely family. Yes, Heavenly Father hears our prayers.

  82. She is beautiful,you all look perfect together.I am so happy for you and your family. Tena

  83. She is breathtaking! A brand new little person…A miracle.
    Enjoy every moment. Blessings to all.

  84. Congratulations, Stacy! She’s absolutely beautiful!!! I’m so happy for you and your family!

  85. This is so so so so so amazing.

  86. I’ve been checking in all weekend and I’m so excited to finally see your post and your darling little angel baby. The look on your face in the first photo says it all, and the one of her sleeping with Clark looks like she’s right where she belongs. Congrats, mom!

  87. I can hardly wait to talk with you in person about this event–thank you for letting us all be a part of it!
    I’m so so so so so excited for you–finally, you’ve got your girl!
    And yes, this IS the way it’s supposed to be!
    xoxoxo,
    Becca

  88. Stacy, this is such a beautiful story! I found your blog through 2peas and am so thrilled for you and your family! Addie is absolutely beautiful! I have my own 3 month old daughter and am so blessed by her each and every day. I’m so happy that you and your family have been blessed with your sweet baby girl. I’ll be praying that she adjusts well.

  89. Stacy, so thrilled for you. You are an amazing lady and a special family blessed with this little girl.
    I know your heart…
    blessings
    {Lara} in SA

  90. Congratulations… she’s beautiful!

  91. She is absolutely beautiful!!! So, so, so happy for all of you!

  92. It is so reassuring to know that there are people like you and your family out there in the world. Your journey has brought tears to my eyes. I am a type-I diabetic and I have been told that pregnancy could be extremely difficult and dangerous for me and the child. I am YEARS away from being a mom, still am not a wife :), but I already know that I will adopt. Your story has given me so much to look forward to!

  93. She is simply beautiful. So, so happy for you and your family.

  94. Congratulations to the Julian family. She is just beautiful. Blessings to all of you as you help Miss Addie adjust to being home!

  95. My heart is crying happy tears for you and your family. Congratulations!!

  96. Stacy,
    Congratulations to you and your family…. your new daughter is BEAUTIFUL. I too had tears reading your post…this really hit home, having already adopted a little girl and waiting to adopt our second. Best wishes to you and your family.

  97. I am just totally bawling here.
    She is gorgeous.
    Congrats!!!
    LOVE the pic of the two sleeping. How precious! She will know that her brothers adored her from the very beginning.
    xoxox
    Lain

  98. CONGRATULATIONS! She is just simply BEAUTIFUL and you are so lucky! Sent tears down my cheeks reading your account of it all… I don’t think you missed a thing!
    BLESSINGS to your family!!!!

  99. wishing Addie a lifetime filled with blessings

  100. That was such a lovely story – congratulations!!!

  101. Congratulations to you, your husband and your boys on the arrival of your new daughter/sister and thank you for sharing the experience with us all. I too had tears in my eyes and can only imagine the joy (& exhaustion) you are all feeling at the moment. Treasure these first days together and then look forward to the journey ahead. A truly beautiful and touching story. Rhona

  102. I am in tears just reading this!! Congratulations!

  103. Oh this story just gave me goosebumps. Congrats to you all.

  104. WOW WOW WOW!!! I can’t even see my screen as I’m typing this. What an amazing moment!!! Something you can treasure forever!!! Your little Addie is finally HOME :D
    She’s such a beautiful little girl and look at all that pink :) What a little doll!!!!
    Big Hugs and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  105. Tears are just welling up as I read this. Thank you for sharing. Addie a beautiful girl!!

  106. Welcome Addie, to your global family! So relieved you made it safe and sound into your Mommy’s arms….

  107. callie smith says:

    Sweet little baby angel. She will be loved beyond her dreams. Congratulations!!!!

  108. Youy brought a tear to my eye. Congratulations!

  109. Congratulations Stacy and God bless your beutiful new baby girl!!
    Welcome Home Addie!

  110. Sweet, scrumptious and cute!!! So happy for you all!!!

  111. She is so beautiful!! Enjoy every moment with her. Congratulations!! Have a great day!

  112. rebecca berning says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful blessing your family has received! Thank you for sharing your story with us…we are awaiting the arrival of our long-awaited daughter from China any day now. Best wishes to you and your family!!

  113. oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!! Tears of Joy stream down my face for you! I could just imagine you there recieving her! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

  114. OH Stacy, how amazing and wonderful and beautiful. What a gorgeous little present wrapped in pink. Blessings to you and your family.
    Jen

  115. Tiffany Nash says:

    Stacy,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful moment with us, your students and fans. You are a role model for me in more ways than one. I am so happy for you. Congratulations! Addie is a beautiful little baby – she is lucky to have such a wonderful family. May God continue to bless you and your family and your business.

  116. Congrats!!!!!!!! Addie is so beautiful!!! Enjoy every precious moment, they grow so fast.
    Fatima (RAHS in MA)

  117. Congrats! What a sweet memory. Addie is beautiful and the boys are so sweet. What a blessing!

  118. Sandra Mohon says:

    Thanks for sharing. Addie is just beautiful. What a great story. I’m so happy for you and your family. Enjoy her. :D

  119. Along with everyone else that has been praying for this for you, I wish you many congratulations…and a big hug too! She’s beautiful, your daughter. Sounds wonderful!
    Suzanne

  120. Stacy I couldn’t wait to see the update for this. I started crying as soon as I saw your picture! What a precious blessing!!

  121. What an amazing moment and such a beautiful little miracle. Congrats Stacy :)

  122. Oh Happy Day!!!
    Congratulations to you and your newest lil bit!!
    Grins

  123. she is beautiful & BLESSED!
    CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family…enjoy!
    -p

  124. Congratulations! Addie is absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your story! Best of luck to your entire family!

  125. congratulations Stacy! How happy I am for you and you family and especially for little Addie who has a life time of love and wonderful memories ahead of her. What a great thing you have done!

  126. I am crying absolute tears of joy for you and your family right now. Thank you so much for sharing this very personal moment in your lives with all of us who read your blog. I have a friend who was adopted from Korea as a child and she works with other international adoptions. She is currently in Korea teaching for a year so I know a bit about how much this means for you and for Addie. Congratulations again!!

  127. Donna Muir says:

    Oh, Gotcha Day! It resonates on so many levels. I’ve been checking back all weekend hoping for an update and went directly to your blog this morning hoping to read this exact message. Congratulations to your entire family. Wow, a beautiful little girl with four big brothers! Welcome to club of adoptive moms and their girls. I think we’re a pretty special group and aren’t the membership dues wonderful! Blessings to you all.

  128. Catherine says:

    Stacy,
    Your pictures brought tears to my eyes! Remembering that feeling of holding a wee little one in my arms and the look of total trust in their eyes!
    GOD Bless!
    Catherine

  129. Congratulations to you and your family Stacy on your new little girl. She is gorgeous … enjoy her! :)

  130. Congrats just doesn’t seem adequate. :-) Sending hugs to you and your family. Peace and blessings!!

  131. I cried too :) She is just a perfect little blessing… enjoy each moment and thanks for sharing your journey with us :)

  132. Stacey, as I write this the tears are streaming. Thank you for sharing this amazing moment. She is beautiful. Congratulations.

  133. How wonderfully amazing!! Congratulations to you and your family! I’m so happy that Addie is finally *in* your family’s love and home (because she’s been in your heart for a looong time). Enjoy your time together in the cocoon that is always the beginning of the union with a new family member. {{hugs}}

  134. adding my congrats! She is beautiful!!!

  135. So happy for you and your family…congrats on your new baby girl!

  136. oh, Stacy! Congratulations! She is such a sweetheart.

  137. Congrats Stacy!!! She is beautiful! Dreams really do come true!!

  138. Congratulations to you all. She is so adorable. There is nothing better than having a little pink in a family of blue!

  139. tears here, too! all SO wonderful-thanks for sharing. and congratulations!! :)

  140. Donna Bettencourt says:

    Stacey, thanks so much for letting us feel your moment with you. Your description was perfect as is Addie and your family. God bless all of you!
    Donna (mom of Lisa D)

  141. Donna Bettencourt says:

    Stacey, thanks so much for letting us feel your moment with you. Your description was perfect as is Addie and your family. God bless all of you!
    Donna (mom of Lisa D)

  142. I am so happy for you Stacy. What a wonderful blessing for you and your family! Thanks for sharing it with us. Enjoy your precious little miracle!

  143. Congrats doesn’t even seem like the right word…i was thinking about your family all weekend…what an amazing journey this family of {7} ;0) is going to make! This is BIG!
    God Bless!
    jen

  144. Awesome. Really, really awesome. I’ve read here over the months of your waiting and prayers. I’m so happy for you all that your family is together. God bless you all!

  145. Thank you for sharing your very special day, your heart looks so full!

  146. Diane Pray says:

    I’m amazed that you were even able to pose for the picture! I’m bawling my eyes out just reading and looking at the lovely photos. From a mother of 3 girls (and 1 Lively boy)…you have been blessed beyond your wildest dreams–she is amazing and you will continue to be amazed by her every single day of your lives. God Bless and all the best! Diane P., MA

  147. So happy for you and for that little one to have been blessed with such a wonderful family.
    Much love,
    Thena

  148. I have tears in my eyes, I’m so happy for you and your family. She’s just precious. Congratulations

  149. Oh man, you have me in tears here. Stacy she is beautiful! Congratulations! Thank you for taking the time to share with us all. We are looking forward to many cute little girl LO’s from you. You get to use pink now!!!

  150. Congratulations! She is just beautiful.

  151. I teared up as soon as I saw your post – looks like you did, too! :-) Congratulations on your new little gift from God! Enjoy her!

  152. Congratulations!!! Your little girl is so beautiful and I was so touched by your photos and that she has finally arrived and is now in the arms of your family.

  153. Congratulations Julian family!!!! So sweet to read about; sweeter to see! She is absolutely precious!

  154. *wipes the tears away*
    huge congratulations and your little angel is so gorgeous! :)

  155. April Johansen says:

    Addie is so beautiful, and I am so very happy for you and your family.

  156. Happy tears for you, Stacy! Addie is just precious. Enjoy this time getting to know your new baby. I am so happy for you and your family. Congrats!

  157. Aimee Grenke says:

    Man, I just put my makeup on :) Congrats ! She is beautiful. I had to read your post twice so I could feel your excitement again. I hope everyone is doing well on this Monday.
    Aimee Grenke

  158. Congratulations Julian family! Addie is gorgeous… and very fortunate..she is part of a stunning family.
    God Bless
    Dianne

  159. Congratulations! best of luck with your sweet little new addition.

  160. Oh Stacy! She is just darling! You really should have let us know to grab some tissues before we started reading though. Many blessings for your whole family!
    Hugs~
    Christyne

  161. Congratulations and Addie is just beautiful!!!

  162. Oh stacy she is beautiful! I am so glad the wait is over for you and thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  163. Congrats to your family. She is a doll.

  164. Stacy,
    I thought about you all morning on Friday and throughout the weekend, too. I was imagining you holding Addie and rocking her to sleep at night. I don’t know you, but from the tidbits I’ve gleaned from Simple Scrapbooks mag, CK mag, your BPS book, and your blog, I can tell you’re a wonderful person, wife, and mom. Addie is so beautiful and so blessed to be a part of your family. God is good! P.S. I have a 9yo son and a 13 month old baby girl and they are like night and day…So unique and fun in their own ways. I love seeing my son’s action figures and boy toys and my daughter’s dollies and girl toys. Here’s hoping you enjoy lots and lots of tea parties and giggles with your precious newest addition.
    Love Stacy :-)

  165. Stacy…I am sooo happy for you! My neighbor adopted a new born girl just months after I gave birth to my first child. It was wonderful to watch them celebrate after the agonizing years of waiting. You have a beautiful girl and your boys look like they are the perfect big brothers. Congratulations!

  166. congratulations!!! how exciting for you and your family.

  167. Unyahasayo (am spelling this phoenetically). I know very few words in Korean but wanted to give your daughter proper greetings.
    I can see love and warmth just jumping out of the photos you shared. Such a great thing. All the best to you and your family.

  168. Congrats to you & your family. What a precious little girl.

  169. Oh Stacy, she’s gorgeous. What a blessing she must be to your family. Congratulations!

  170. oh wow – how wonderful. she’s so beautiful. may God continue to bless your family!!

  171. Congratulations to you and your family. Such a lovely little one! Also, thanks for your wonderful story — brought a few tears to my eyes (so lovely)…

  172. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

  173. SOOOOO happy for you!! Thank you so much for sharing! I have been thinking of you and your family this whole weekend and wondering if you were going to share sooner rather than later!! Congratulations!
    Angie

  174. Oh my gosh…congratulations! I am absolutely in tears as I am typing this. Such a beautiful little girl….Thank God that she found a family to love her and to give her plenty of hugs and kisses every day.

  175. She is beautiful, really beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this very personal moment with us. Many, many blessings to you and your family.

  176. Chook-ha-hab-ni-da !!! (phonetic spelling for CONGRATULATIONS!). My office buddy Christeena generously taught me how to “say” this to you… Must go ask her how to say “She’s so beautiful” too…

  177. So incredibly happy for you and your family… and that special little girl who is now a part of your wonderful, loving, happy world! Congratulations!

  178. Congratulations!!!! OMG you made me cry describing the moment. Enjoy her, she is beautiful and so lucky to have a wonderful family.

  179. you so much for sharing this story. i was afraid you wouldn’t,such a private time i wouldn’t blame you for keeping it to yourself. but, i’m so glad you didn’t. reading this and seeing the pics completely solidified my desire to adopt a baby, she will be our 5th as well. now we will wait for God’s timing to bring her home. congrats to you all.
    Heather

  180. Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you and your family! She is beautiful!

  181. Wonderful, happy, moving, special moments to last a lifetime and I know, been there, done that and never looked back.
    Congratulations Mummy,(and family) you have beautiful daughter xxx

  182. Thanks for the tears! Beautiful story! Best wishes on you new bundle of joy!

  183. oh lord – you made me cry – with your face full of joy and tears its so precious. gosh, i need a tissue. congratulations stacy – your life must be so complete now xx

  184. Im so excited for you, i can feel the love from that picture. Such a beautiful family!

  185. Tears of happiness are clouding my eyes from seeing the screen correctly right now……I’m overjoyed for you and your newly expanded family. Adoption has blessed my family, as 3 of my cousins are adopted from China. I couldn’t imagine my family without their beautiful faces and laughter filling the events of our lives.
    It only takes biology to be a “mother” but it takes so much more to be a “mommy”……..thank you for taking the time to be someones “mommy”
    God Bless.
    -chelsea

  186. such a beautiful and ahppy day for you and your family. she looks just like your son in that photo.

  187. I didn’t know I’d get all emotional but I am just so so happy for you and your family. Welcome Addie!

  188. Congratulations! What a blessing!
    Daughters are so wonderful. I have 3 and love the Target shopping trips. Get used to it!!!
    God Bless you and your family!

  189. That is so wonderful, what a beautiful addition to your family. What a blessing!

  190. Judy in Carefree says:

    Stacy, I hope you know what a very special person you are! Blessings to you and your entire family. What very special holidays you all will have this year! Now I have to go wipe my eyes and blow my nose…

  191. How exciting for your family and for Addie!
    Waiting mom for a baby girl from China.

  192. oh how precious is she!!!!
    congrats on your addition and many blessings to you and your family!
    will continue to keep you all in my prayers as you soak in your sweet baby girl and adjust to the new sounds and hours and all that baby stuff.
    blessings,
    christina

  193. She is Beautiful…I wish you many years of happiness after a long wait for your baby girl. Congrads to your family.
    peace
    Kim

  194. Oh, I am so happy for you and your family! Back in March 2005, I was at CKU-A in Dallas and remember you announcing that you and your husband were going to adopt a baby girl. I’m so glad that it finally happened and that I am able to witness your blessed happiness through your blog! Thanks so much for sharing and I’m sure we are all looking forward to seeing Ms. Addie grow along side your boys through your wonderful scrapbook pages!

  195. I simply cannot express how happy I am for you. There are no eloquent words, no perfect quotes, nothing to grasp at the enormity of the happiness I feel for you and your family. I’m glad our heavenly Father had this in His plans for you… and more importantly, that you see the beauty of His gifts. Addie is adorable.
    Jean Mollenkopf

  196. Oh, wow, what a beautiful post–you brought me to tears. I am so, so happy for all of you. She is absolutely perfect. Best wishes!

  197. Congratulations! That is one lucky little girl to have you as her mommy and so many loving relatives and friends, not to mention a few scrapbooks already waiting to be filled! You have made my day–thank you for sharing your happiness with all of us!

  198. So happy for your family! Can’t believe it has been 18 years since my brother arrived from Korea – it goes so fast, so just cherish every minute! Actually, I know you will!

  199. Kristan Gregory says:

    Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing story with your blog friends!

  200. Angie Patterson says:

    Congratulations! Very sweet story…I felt like I was there! God bless you and your family…

  201. God bless you and your new additon to your family. Your story brought me to tears. How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

  202. God bless you and your new additon to your family. Your story brought me to tears. How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

  203. Stacy,
    I can’t stop the tears coming out of my eyes. I just want to say and thank you for been such an amazing woman and a wonderful human. A couple of months ago, I found out that I am adopted, it was a shocking notice, and if I always knew a love my mother, today I love her even with more intensity because I know that she chose me and she had the most wonderful and humble heart to take somebody who do not have the same blood as hers into her life, and gave the love, care and devotion just as if I was her own child.
    Thank you to all this woman who give children the light that their lifes needed, thank you.
    God bless you and your family Stacy, I wish you the best and all the happiness that you deserve, today and forever.
    Yanah

  204. God bless you and your new additon to your family. Your story brought me to tears. How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

  205. Charlotte S says:

    Wow… thanks for sharing your beautiful little blessing all bundled in pink! I heard you at Creative Escape and look forward to hearing you at Scrap Etc. in Bham. You are truly an inspiration!
    God Bless You and Your Family.

  206. so very happy for you. lots of joy and blessings to your new addition!

  207. Thank you for sharing your joy and excitement with us!! She is beautiful! May your hearts be filled with joy and wonder as Addie grows in wisdom, grace and beauty! Have fun snapping pictures – I’m looking forward to seeing her in many, many LOs!!! God bless you all!

  208. Rochelle Kjar says:

    stacy-
    thank-you so much for sharing your adoption story. Addie is adorable! I am thrilled for you and your family. Reading about your experience takes me back to both of my boys’ adoptions. It’s just incredible! congratulations!

  209. Congratulations! How wonderful for you and your family…and how wonderful for your new little girl to be blessed with such tender big brothers! I know how you are feeling, having adopted two girls myself. It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to know that no matter what obstacle, Heavenly Father has found a way to bring these special little angels into the homes that they belong. I find reassurance in knowing that He watches over us all and has a plan for us…even if we don’t know it at the time! Best wishes to you and your family. Love and cherish that sweet little girl!

  210. Congrats!!! She’s beautiful!
    Tiffany
    SLC, UT

  211. This really is the most wonderful story, Stacy. I have tears also! I feel sooo happy for you!!
    Congratulations to the Julian’s! and welcome, Addie, to your global family!
    love Kass (Australia)

  212. Monica Ahlstrom says:

    Dear Stacy,
    I am so happy for you all! I can relate to your feeling that she belongs to you even if I haven´t adopted any child. When our last and 8th child was born when I was 44 yrs old, whithout us planning to have another child, I was overwhelmed by the strong feeling that this little boy also belongd to our family. How our children come into our families doesn´t matter, the feeling of belonging to each other is so strong. I wish you all a wonderful time together and hope you can enjoy every moment with this special little soul.

  213. Charlotte says:

    Such a happy ending, what a beautiful story, have tears in my eyes, wishing your family all the happiness in the world xx

  214. Huge congrats to finally be holding your precious baby girl!I wish you all the love and wisdom in the world!
    corinnexxx

  215. Congratulations!!! May God bless you and make His face to shine upon you.

  216. She’s beautiful!
    Congratulations to you and your family :)

  217. Oh how precious! I’m sitting in the office trying to pretend I’m not crying because that is the most moving story. My mum has an English friend who has adopted two little Chinese girls in France – multicultural or what? – and they are so cute. Hope everything goes well and may you all be the happiest little family unit!

  218. billie in Inola says:

    Stacy, Thansk so very much for letting us all be apart of this wonderful moment. Just as everyone else said tears in the eyes and lump in the throat time. She is gorgeous and your family is wonderful. So nice to see the boys snatch her up..
    You will be on cloud 9 I am for some time now.. I can see a whole new scrapping coming..
    I wish you the verrry best. Waiting for more pictures.. Hey ??
    Did she say how cool her room is??? God is SO good..

  219. Congratulations and thanks for letting us share the moment when you meet your daughter! She’s beautiful!

  220. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome story with us Stacy. I’m so happy for you and your family. What a blessing she is!

  221. Sophia Allison says:

    Aah, she is just perfect…
    So happy for you you all so deserve her.
    Sophia (SA)

  222. Congratulations to the Julian family and the addition of sweet Addie. I have tears in my eyes after reading your sweet ‘gotcha’ story. Congratulations again to all of you- what a wonderful moment.

  223. Phyllis R. says:

    Oh Wow! What a beautiful baby girl you have! May God richly bless your family as you welcome this little one into your hearts!

  224. she’s gorgeous, Stacy! thanks for sharing such an amazing moment in your family’s life with us!

  225. She is absolutely precious! congratulations on your new little bundle of girliness!

  226. I know it is totally crazy that i do not even know you and i am sitting at my computer at 3:44 pm with tears rolling down my cheeks. What a beautiful blessing and lovely reminder of God’s plan and provision.
    Bless you sweet Addie …
    “May the Lord Bless and Keep You.
    May He Make His Face to Shine Down on You and Give You Peace.”

  227. and i, like the hundreds of others posting their congrats and well wishes, am crying, too:)
    God bless you:)
    janna

  228. Beautiful, beautiful child!
    kip

  229. juliemedeiros says:

    This just brought tears to my eyes…congratulations to your family! Thank you for sharing this special event with us…she is just beautiful! juliem

  230. Congratulations to you all. What a wonderful, happy day.

  231. Tears of joy all across the world for you & yours… Awwwww! It gives us all hope.

  232. Beth Wakulsky says:

    Oh, Stacy, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I am so happy for you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story….add me to the list of crying readers.

  233. Anne-Liesse says:

    Congratulations on your new miracle. You’ll know what to do. What a lucky baby. What a lucky family.

  234. Hillary Heidelberg says:

    You are so blessed, and so is this child. Tears in my eyes as I read this. Thank you Stacy for sharing this.

  235. Oh, Stacy! She’s just beautiful. LOVE that picture of you with her- with your “I have been crying tears of total bliss” eyes. Congratulations!!

  236. I forgot to mention that God is SO GOOD! :)

  237. Sitting here just sobbing. She is perfect. God has richly blessed your family.

  238. You’ve got some beautiful children!

  239. Warmest congratulations to you and your family, Stacy. Your daughter is just as adorable as any baby could be. I wish you & yours all the happiness in the world.
    Jami

  240. Congratulations to you and your family! She’s absolutely precious! What an amazing blessing! I’m so thrilled for you all!

  241. As with the rest of the women who have read this truly heartwarming story, I have tears in my eyes. But my heart is rejoicing with you at this new beautiful blessing in your life. Thank you for letting us share a bit of your joy with you. Congratulations!

  242. I am so happy for you and your family!
    Congratulations and best wishes!

  243. Beautiful. God Bless you all.

  244. melissa deakin (momteacherwriter) says:

    i am so happy for you
    and your family!
    she is absolutely gorgeous!
    enjoy every moment!

  245. Congratulations and hugs to you all! I can’t even imagine how happy you must feel right now.
    Prayers for a smooth transition…

  246. Congrats! Julian Family!!!
    (Psssst….what’s her name?)
    She is so sweet! So happy to hear she made it safely into your arms. Love her and guide her!
    hugs-Peg and the Graham Family

  247. OOPS! Just realized…her sweet baby name is Addie.
    hugs!

  248. Tears of joy for you! I thought and prayed for you all day. GOD BLESS YOU!

  249. I’ll add my happy tears and affirmation of a loving heavenly father. Congratulations!

  250. So, so happy for you…got teary-eyed just reading your post. I’m sure you realize from the over 200 comments that lots of people have been following your journey through adoption and hoping and praying for this moment (now I’m getting choked up just typing this) and rejoicing with you that this day has finally come. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with people the way you do, so openly and honestly and humbly (don’t know if that’s an actual word, but I’m using it anyways). I know you sometimes get slammed for what other people think you should or should not be on here, but maybe the outpouring of love on this post alone makes up for it. I certainly hope it does. Congratulations a thousand times over on your new baby girl! She is so beautiful and precious.

  251. Congratuations to you and every member (old and new) of your family

  252. I am so, so happy for you! God bless you all!

  253. Our daughter is adopted from China. Your description brings me back to the day we met our daughter. I totally remember how crazy we were on the day we finally got to meet her and hold her for the first time. One moment we were crazy, signing papers and running around and the next we were finally meeting our daughter face to face. It was the most amazing and most surreal moment in my life. I knew from the moment she was placed in my arms that she was meant to be in our family and how truly blessed we are to have her. We all cried a little bit and then she fell asleep in my arms so peacefully. It was like she knew that she was home and could relax. I will never forget that day. I’m so thrilled for you and your family! She is absolutely adorable. What a blessing! Best wishes to you all!

  254. Wow, congratulations, she is beautiful, what an amazing moment. We are in the process of adotpting from China.

  255. Congratulations on making it to the end of one journey (waiting for Addie’s arrival) and to the beginning of another, longer, even more exciting one — being her family for the rest of her life. I am so happy for you and your loving boys and husband!!!! (wiping away happy tears for you)
    To quote a wonderful, inspirational woman:
    Now this — *THIS* is BIG. :)

  256. Sherry Coggins says:

    SERIOUSLY……..I see a family resemblance! I am not kidding! I think she resembles her mommy! I think it is the smile…something about her the minute I looked at her photo spoke STACY all over!!! WoW! What an added blessing…..oh I am so happy for you and thank GOD with you for your precious family!
    Many happy and blessed years ahead of you…..ENJOY!!!!

  257. Congratulations on your special blessing from God – may she enrich your lives as much as you will enrich hers!

  258. Congratulations! How perfectly, perfectly PINK :)

  259. A teary eyed congrats to you and your family. Many, many blessings to you all. Welcome dear Addie, I know it’s a gift to be home.

  260. Wow…what an amazing story. Congratulations to you and your family. :)

  261. Kristen Barnes Edwards says:

    Hi Stacy- I bumped into your blog again today and it was such a marvelous discovery! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the moment.

  262. Truly a beautiful addition to your beautiful family! Congratulations!!

  263. Congratulations, Julians. She is so beautiful. God bless your family (all 7 of you!). :)

  264. OMIHEAVENS! It just doesn’t get any better than that! Congrats!

  265. I have tears in my eyes…how incredibly emotional and amazing! Enjoy your beautiful little girl :)

  266. Congratulations! Your new baby girl is beautiful. So happy for you and your family. :o)

  267. i’m speechless, thankyou for sharing that experience in the airport, it was almost like being there….awesome!!!

  268. Bernadette Sikorski says:

    OMG – She’s finally here!!! I think she’s just so, so beautiful and your boys – WOW – they are the cutest things ever!!! you and Geoff are lucky but, wow, is this little pink package the luckiest girl ever!!! She’s sweet, lovely and hope all of you are just loving every minute of all of this.

  269. Amazing! How special to include the entire scrapbooking community in your wonderful day, Thank you.
    Addie has been blessed to be a part of your loving family and I am quite sure all of your lives are even more blessed because of her. Enjoy!

  270. Oh, she is so very beautiful. Many congratulations to you and your family. God’s blessings, indeed.

  271. Julie Huntsman says:

    stacy, I am so happy for you and your family on your beautiful addition. I couldn’t read it without crying remembering the adoption of my own daughter just 3 short years ago. It is true how the Lord does bless us and prepare us for wonderful blessings in our lives.
    julie

  272. Blessings to you as you add this precious child to your family. I have three children ages 18-23 and how I wish I was just a few years younger and I would truly find a precious child like yours that we could adopt. How blessed your daughter is to have come into your family. Thank you for sharing these moments with us.

  273. Oh Stacy…
    Bawling once again.
    She is so sweet.
    Beautiful.
    Such a treasure.
    Sarah :)

  274. congrats stacy on your new arrival. she is so precious. those boys look so happy with their new sister. with the looks on everyones faces it just proves that you don’t have to be blood, to be family. best wishes to your family. hope to see you again soon! take care and enjoy your new arrival!
    hugs….

  275. Tears are streaming down my cheeks as I relate your beautiful experience to the arrival of each of our three children (ages 4, 2 1/2 and 1 1/2), all brought to our family through the miracle of adoption — from Korea as well! Many blessings!

  276. monique helfrich says:

    Sooooooooooo special! Wish you and your family lots of luck, good health and fun together with sweet little Addie!

  277. So Beautiful and so blessed to become part of your family. Have a wonderful time and sleep will come later!
    Hugs welcome to the pink lint club, its fun.

  278. She is absolutely beautiful!

  279. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family. Our darling Abby was placed in my arms 5 1/2 years ago in China — and our lives have never been the same. It was a magical moment.
    Hugs to all of you!

  280. Oh, I have tears in my eyes just looking at your sweet pictures! I am late to the party but wanted to congratulate you on your new, adorable, beautiful baby girl! How wonderful!!

  281. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU HAVE ME CRYING AGAIN. I KNOW JUST HOW YOU FEEL. I HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THE PILES AND PILES OF PAPER WORK AND THEN THE WAITING, IT SEEM LIKE FOR EVER. WE WENT TO ROMANIA, STAYED THERE 2 WEEKS BUT BROUGHT OUR SON HOME WITH US. I CAN’T EMAGIN SEEING HER AND THEN HAVING TO LEAVE HER THERE. YOU HAVE BEEN VERY BLESSED AND SO ARE YOUR CHILDREN.. TO HAVE YOU!!! CONGRADS TO EVERYONE :-)

  282. congratulations to you and your family. many blessings in the coming years!

  283. Congratulations, she is absolutely adorable.

  284. Mazal Tov Stacy and Julien Family!!!…Welcome Addie!!!..I know you are extra-extra “Happy” now that you are all–”Together”!! As my Gramma Teta used to say ” Love will keep us together”..I am wishing you and your family a lifetime of love and happiness–all together, at last! Blessings..

  285. Ok, so I’m a little behind, but just had to let you know that your recount of meeting Addie has moved me to tears. Thank you for reminding me how blessed we are to have our babies. Happy First Thanksgiving to Baby Addie and to your family.

  286. i know this is months after your initial post, and i don’t know if you will ever see this. but i just had to comment. i just came across your blog this morning. reading through your archives and read this post about your daughter. sooooo precious. soooo amazing. i wish you much happiness and congratulations. your journaling had me feeling the experience with you and tearing up at your joy. just had to let you know. thank you for sharing. off to kiss my kids!

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