I was giddy all week last week, knowing that on Thursday I would be going to the airport and watching Martin and Marie walk through the airport doors with their newest addition, Wren!
Two and a half years ago I was privileged to be there when Marie came home with Jackson and I told her that if God called them to adopt again I’d be waiting at the airport with my camera.
Well, God called and they obeyed.
I got to the airport early and it was fun to see Martin & Marie’s other children come into the airport, all excited and filled with emotion.
I also always love seeing the family and friends who come to the airport to show their support, I know that simple act means a lot to every adoptive family.
Their flight was delayed by a few minutes, but on the bright side, they got in at a great time, so much better than a midnight arrival!
The flight has arrived . . .
They could spot their dad and Wren through a little window!
Being an awesome big brother so she can see her Dad and Wren too.
Here they are!!
So proud of the money she got.
The picture above and below crack me up. Since Martin had previously said “never again” to adopting he now said never say never, so here Martin and Nate are trying to one up each other and say they are going back to China before the other one . . . possibly in an effort to reverse psychology God?
But I know these men (and their wives!) enough to know that if God asks them to do it again they absolutely will.
I love the look on her face while her big brother chats with her:
I’ve shot a few adoption airport homecomings over the years and this is by far the one I was most emotional about, just looking through these photos again brings (happy!) tears to my eyes. Wren was the oldest child I’ve photographed at one of these homecomings and she was all smiles and just taking it in. I don’t know her enough to know for sure but just by the look on her face I felt like she really understood it; she knew that this is where God wants her and how much her family loves her already.
Martin and Marie, you both have inspired me so much over the last few years. Congratulations on bringing Wren home, I am praying for the transition for your whole family. And just so you know, if God calls you to do it again . . . I’ll be at the airport waiting.
You can view more adoption homecoming photos here.