Friday, March 5, 2010

There's No Place Like Home

We are back home! The travels were brutal. By the time we made it through customs and immigration in Chicago, we had just enough time to run (no exaggeration) to the gate for our Detroit flight. Oh what a sight we must have been. On the bright side, of our 13 hour flight from Beijing to Chicago, Ella slept 9 of those hours. That is 9 consecutive hours. Ella Man Li is the Teflon traveler, for sure.

We had a fabulous welcoming committee at baggage claim* in Detroit. We appreciate your making the trek to the airport so, so much. (Video below.) We came home to a clean house, a refrigerator stocked with food and a freezer stuffed with dinners to heat up later.

So it seems that the unwavering support of our family and friends continues. We are humbled. We are thankful.

We are rubbing our eyes in disbelief. Ella is beautiful. We are smitten a thousand times over. Here's hoping the jet lag exits quickly.

H, L & E

*It seems our baggage had a difficult time making that connecting flight to Detroit as well. It was just delivered to our front door 30 minutes ago.


  1. Wonderful video! Glad you are home safe and sound. :)


  2. welcome home!


  3. so moved by your video. Welcome back home.


  4. Your video was great. I loved following your trip. I'll bet you are so happy to be home and sleep in your own bed. Hope to see you soon.
    The Newlands

  5. Larry, Heather and Ella,
    I am glad to hear you are home safely. I have really enjoyed your blog. Ella is beautiful! I have to admit, I am now hooked so you have to keep this blog going (otherwise Steve may divorce me because I will be bugging him all the time for updates)! Congrats.
    Michelle House

  6. Welcome HOME! We have enjoyed the blog and all the pictures. We look forward to meeting Ella! She is beautiful....

    Love from Wapak!

  7. Welcome home! We so enjoyed following your journey to Ella. She is just precious! You all are so blessed to have each other.

    Much happiness always,
    Mary, Curt and Lily Williams

  8. Heather and Larry,
    Thank you for taking us along on your life-changing journey! I have loved each word and image and wish you all many perfect moments of cheek kissing, story telling, and hearts aflutter with amazement at each turn! Welcome sweet Ella and many congrats Mommy and Daddy. Take good care of each other. I sure look forward to seeing you all!
    Laura and Corey Burgermeister

  9. Welcome to the U.S.A!! So happy to hear you've arrived home and starting your new journey here. Take care of each other and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

  10. Heather.....you're a mommy! Your blog is amazing. My girls and I have been following the past few days, we are so amazed. Words cannot express how happy I am for you and Larry. I wipe tears as I think of all the joys you have and will experience with your angel. I wish the 3 of you the very best of everything. Welcome to the best club on earth! ♥ God Bless your family.
    Susan Alexander and Clan

  11. Thank you, thank you for taking the time to update this blog! For the past couple weeks, I've looked forward to every morning being able to check the blog for an update. I have thought about your family much these last few weeks...have they met Ella yet, what are they doing now, how was that flight for Ella, on and on. Each picture and video brought a tear to my eye. Your journey was a gift to not just the two of you, but also to everyone around you. You have inspired love and patience and I can't be happier for you. Best wishes as Ella and you both transition at home. I hope this huge change for you all goes as smoothly as possible! Can't wait to meet her. Much Love, Tamara

  12. Welcome HOME you THREE!!!!! Many, Many thanks for you blog, I so look forward every morning to see what had been happening with you. SO Happy that you are home and look forward to meeting your beautiful little angel. Love, Carol D.