Sunday, August 23, 2009


I hate it when I am following blogs and they don't update when they get home for what seems like forever. Sooooo, I thought I would get on here really quick to let everyone know that we have made it home safe and sound. We could not have asked for better travel with Isabella. She slept 10 of the 13 hours from Shanghai to Detroit and then napped briefly on the flight from Detroit to Cincinnati. Michael and I did not sleep much, but have been trying to catch up since we have been home. I don't have any pictures to post yet, but will post a bunch as soon as I can get them all together.
We were so surprised and so blessed to have so many family and friends to welcome us home at the airport. It was truly a blessing to have such a celebration. And it was SO GOOD to see our boys again!!!!!!!!! They have been awesome with Bella and she has loved exploring the house and getting to know her surroundings. We haven't made it in the pool yet because it was so cool yesterday, but she loves being outside on the deck and to also play on the swingset.
She slept in her own bed in her room by herself the first night from 9 pm until 6:45 am. We could not have asked for anything more and she slept in her bed all night again last night. We are soooo happy for this because that has meant sleep for us.
We are all feeling the jet lag, but at least we are getting some rest. We thank everyone for their prayers, love, gifts, and food as we have arrived home. We are so blessed to have her and so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.

Pictures coming soon!


  1. YEA!!! I have pictures on my blog in case anyone wants to see them or if you want to steal any, Heather. :o)

  2. Welcome home, Garland Family!! So glad you can start your lives together as a family of five.

    I hope to meet Isabella someday when you feel like yourself again.

    Welcome back!

  3. Welcome home! I cannot wait to see you again and meet Bella. I really hope that you are feeling better health-wise and that the jet-lag is soon replaced by pure flow of the moment.

    So so excited for you - thank you so much for blogging and allowing us to make the journey with you.

    Miss you.

  4. Welcome Home!!
    Marilyn Craig

  5. Welcome home Garlands! We miss you already!
    Love, Kevin, Michele, and Levi

  6. Welcome home!! Glad you made it home safely! I've enjoyed being able to follow your journey via this blog. Hope you get caught up on your sleep soon! Your family of 5 is just too cute!

    All my best,
    Jen Belknap