Adoption Photographer | The Homecoming

Whew! Sorry about the delay, everyone. As soon as I got home my brain turned off for two days. I am back, though, and I cannot wait to show you these wonderful homecoming photos!

First, we arrived in Chicago – we filled out our immigration and customs papers…


and de-planed into the good old US of A!


Why, hello, Chicago! Thank you for welcoming us! Immigration and customs were (thankfully) a breeze! Luckily we were the first international flight that arrived that day, so we didn’t have too many crowds to contend with.


And then we were back in the hall of flags, only this time as they passed underneath the Indian flag, their daughter was in their arms.


Then it was time to board the (LAST!) plane of this trip for the Fadelys… and get ourselves HOME to Nashville!


This time it felt REAL…


and as they left the terminal, they were greeted by a welcoming committee!


with signs! and balloons! and bubbles! and noisemakers!


and brothers and a sister for Dorothy!!


This was the first time in several days that Dorothy had been around kids… she was fascinated by them!


and quickly got more and more excited about the thought of being able to play with friends again!


It was so wonderful to see so many people there, sharing in the joy that was bringing Dorothy home.


and we were able to FINALLY get a family photo of everyone together!!


While at the airport, we had to get a shot of the Welcoming Committee too! Everyone was so supportive and cheerful and excited to see us – and even though we were all exhausted, this was just what we needed to feel a boost of energy again.


we got our bags at baggage claim…


and Dorothy got introduced to her very first carseat.


She did not like it, not one bit.


After about 25 minutes of crying, though, she realized that mom was still there, and this probably wasn’t all that bad a way to ride around.


Back at the house, Welcoming Committee #2 was there, playing their horns…


and Eric got to take his new daughter into her new home.


The family showed Dorothy her new bedroom…


and Eric let Dorothy have a little taste of candy corn!


Dorothy got to know her new big brother…


and loved the fact that her big sister was doting on her so much…


and Eric went out and picked up Sonic for all of us. Oh sweet beef. Ohhh sweet double cheeseburger with fries and a cherry limeade, how I loved and missed thee so…


AAAAAAH. ICE. GLORIOUS ICE IN OUR DRINKS. May we never take you for granted again!


Word spread quickly around the neighborhood that Dorothy was home, and some of the children stopped by to visit!


One even brought us dinner! After traveling so much, the last thing any of us wanted to think about was making food, so it was great to just be able to sit down and enjoy a meal together. And the Fadely Family, Party of Six, sat down at their kitchen table and shared a meal together. The prayer before eating was wonderful… because for the past 10 months, every dinnertime prayer has been about bringing Dorothy home. And this time, here she was, home with her forever family. ♥


She even broke away from mom and dad’s arms for the evening and snuggled with Grant while we watched The Amazing Race together. 🙂


and she brushed her teeth before bed!


The next morning, we all got dressed for the day, and Dorothy played with her other Big Brother…


and we all piled on the bed for the Family Picture we had been waiting to take!


I think she’s gonna like it here…


The Fadely Family is finally complete.


Dorothy is absolutely smitten with all of them…


and I am pretty sure the feeling is quite mutual.


Congratulations, Eric and Tisra, and all the Fadely family! It was an honor and a joy to have walked this journey with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of such an incredibly intimate and holy experience, for letting me see you and doument you throughout the highs and the lows of international adoption, and for letting me share with the world what it is like to finally bring your child home.  ♥

October 30, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Amy Button Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s just beautiful.

October 30, 2009 - 12:32 pm

erika Wonderful!

October 30, 2009 - 12:55 pm

melanie you made me cry. but such happy tears. what a beautiful gift you’ve given this family, jessi. thanks for allowing all of us to tag along for the ride.

October 30, 2009 - 1:47 pm

Lisa Beautiful!

October 30, 2009 - 2:05 pm

Mary Kelso I’m so excited for them all. These pictures are absolute treasures. Priceless. Thank you again.

October 30, 2009 - 2:26 pm

Christi Linville Thank you, Jessie. “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I felt like I went with you.

October 30, 2009 - 3:45 pm

Amy I just want to say thanks for doing this. We also adopted from the same orphanage and went through IFS so enjoyed “the enforcer’s” company. I got to know Tisra through this process (just a little) and I cried many a time looking through these pictures, even though our baby girl has been home almost a year. Thanks for the updates, the pictures, and the willingness to do this (and even for the tears). Bless you.

October 30, 2009 - 4:57 pm

Cory Absolutely wonderful. I feel honored to get to witness this moment in the life of this family! You captured their joy and openhearted spirits so beautifully.

October 31, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Renee’ Thank you so much for doing this for them, and for all of us who “journeyed” with you!

October 31, 2009 - 6:25 pm

Jennifer I have enjoyed reading your posts. I too had the pleasure of going with a friend as she adopted a beautiful daughter from China almost 2 years ago. It is an amazing and life-changing experience for EVERYONE involved. I know for me, it made the entire international adoption journey real.

November 2, 2009 - 4:40 am

Debberoo What a beautiful family. Thank you so much for posting all these wonderful photos, its been such a privilege to follow along.

November 2, 2009 - 7:13 am

Veronica B. I’m crying! What a beautiful story! Great job! I really can’t stop the tears from rolling down my face!

November 2, 2009 - 1:06 pm

Susanne Your pictures were so real that I felt I was right there. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. It is very touching. Congratulations to the Fadely family on their beautiful new daughter.

November 2, 2009 - 2:15 pm

Judy Maguire this was a fantastic story, it made me cry..if all of the children had cances like this, God Bless you.

November 2, 2009 - 7:23 pm

Katie Sperl What a wonderful journey – you captured it so very well in photographs!

November 3, 2009 - 9:11 am

jennifer brooks I guess I can not thank you enough for this blog and pictures. When I look through all of it I cried, mostly in happiness for all of you, We are still waiting for news about Niharika (Moni) who is at the same orphanage and is just two. It also brought some peace about seeing where I will hopfully be going soon, Dorthy is so beautiful and you know what you should make several trips and then make a documentary, kind of thing maybe in a book form. I am always surprised at how surprised people are about our family adopting from India, Sometimes I think because they are not a complaining people they are often over looked or at least the needs of the country, children. Again thank you, I am wiping tears away as I type this and will look at the pictures you post I am sure over and over.

November 4, 2009 - 11:22 am

Lynn Q What a journey! It has brought tears to my eyes! Great pictures, blog and a beautiful ending. It brings me back to when I picked up my son in Taiwan 1/09. Adoption is an amazing experience, you did an awesome job documenting! Thank you

November 4, 2009 - 9:23 pm

Paula Wow!! As a mom to two boys, an adopted daughter from China, and waiting for our daughter in India to come home, I can’t say I’ve ever seen an adoption journey captured like this–absolutely breathtaking!! This is a wonderful keepsake for the family. Your photography is truly beautiful!! Bless you for documenting this in this manner.

November 5, 2009 - 9:03 pm

Judy K. Photographic storytelling at its best. Thanks for taking us along on the trip.

November 9, 2009 - 1:34 pm

Tami What a blessing to have had you with them the entire time! I cannot imagine having such amazing photos to remember it all with! 🙂

Blessings to you for your kindess to them 🙂

November 11, 2009 - 8:29 am

Carrie_in_TN Wow. I am in tears. So happy to see the family finally complete! What a ride. Yay for all of you…and the photos are amazing!

November 17, 2009 - 5:39 pm

Elizabeth I’ve returned probably 20 times to these pictures. They are simply beautiful – as my Photo Lab teacher used to say, a good picture’s one that makes you pause and take a second look. I’ve paused over so many of your pictures, that it’s a wonder I ever got through them all. What a beautiful gift you’ve given to both this family and to little Dorothy – wonderful pictures showing her how much her Mommy and Daddy love her.

November 17, 2009 - 6:38 pm

jessie Thank you so much for your kind words!

December 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Laurie Congrats on bringing Dorothy home to her forever family. She is absolutely beautiful. I’m an Intl adoptive mom myself and understand the ups and downs!

March 14, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Dawn I LOVE the family shots! I am just reading about their trip tonight. I am SO happy to read and see them all.

November 6, 2009 - 9:46 am

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