We are home!!


So many, life changing events have occurred over the last several days, it's hard to try to put them in simple words. We pray God has been glorified.  In order to provide some perspective, I thought it might be good to provide a day by day account of our adventure. I also added a few videos which may help provide some perspective.

 



Friday-we arrived at the Ghanaian airport and our plans were changed.  The decision was made for one of care givers to bring Eman a local restaurant other than us going to the orphanage.  So, we sat at Southern Fried Chicken and waited to see our sweet little Emmanuel.  I couldn’t help but to laugh, at where this was happening.  My extended family grew up eating Kentucky Fried Chicken at every big family event and somehow it just seemed fitting.  Kathy and I had not seen him in seven weeks and this was the first time the girls would have the opportunity to meet their baby brother.   The car pulled up and we were out the door.  He was quiet as we hugged him and told him we loved and missed him.  We then went inside to eat and as he started to eat, the little man with the most incredible personality started to reemerge and we were a family.  




 

Saturday- we stayed around the hotel and simply enjoyed learning more about each other while adjusting to our news lives.  We also had the opportunity to spend time at the pool as Eman slowly got up the nerve to get in with Daddy. 

  


Sunday-we had a small party at E'mans orphanage, as he said good-bye to all of his friends and caregivers.  We knew this was the right thing to do, but it's so hard to watch your son shut down. He simply, did not want to be there and after a few hours he was ready to go.  We then went to the market, which is always an experience in Ghana.  Lastly, we spent a little more time in the pool.   We were constantly reminded this boy can eat more chicken and rice then humanly possible while making pooping a profession.


Monday- we started the day at school for children that have been rescued from all kinds of crazy things and/or orphaned. The neat part of this experience was we were there to pass the blessings. A group of girl’s scouts packed a suitcase full of supplies for the children. The kids were very excited and thankful for the gifts and cards the girls made. Peyton and Brooke Gober donated enough money to buy two big bag of rice. The majority of kids eat one meal day a day.  These two 50 pound pages of rice will go a long way. 
 
Thank you Girl Scouts


Thanks Peyton and Brooke!!
The girls serving the school

We then went back to the hotel to wait on E'mans mother and Grandmother to arrive.  They came over six hours from the countryside to meet us.  We had no idea what to expect or how Eman would respond.  The meeting went well.   Eman was very quiet, but handled things better than we expected. 
Jessica, Auntie, Kathy, Rob, Eman, Grandmother, Shannon, Ebenezer, Mother
      
We then went back to Southern Fried Chicken for one last pizza before heading to the airport to begin the forty hour trip home.
 

As we said all along, we are so appreciative of your support along this 14 month journey.  You've kept us going through the battles and shared our joys as well.
 
Emmanuel James Compton is not ours, he was created by God for a unique role and we are thankful God has chosen us and you to be apart of his life. We all have a responsibility to disciple him, as we have been called.
This is the first picture we ever saw.  All information was wrong, but he had our heart instantly. Two days later, we were matched with our new son.

This amazing video by Lola Crain, also has the moment we first saw him in person.



Lastly - in case you haven't seen our little boy dance...here you go!!




Comments

Cynthia Coleman said…
Welcome Emmanuel and Congratulations to your family!

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