Sunday, November 9, 2008

We're Back!

We are very excited and thankful to report you all of you that we are back in Oregon! Yeah! We don't want to scare or bore you with out travel story, but think it necessary to share because it is VERY important for all of you prayer warriors to know how much your prayers manifested during our journey home. And a journey it was!

Our flight out of Ethiopia was at 10pm, which already meant it was WAY past our Siah's bedtime. He had been sick that morning so by the time we got on the plane he slept for the first 3 hrs. Also, you should know that our total travel time was right around 30 hrs. But that means we did not sleep for the whole day on Friday, and not until 1am Saturday night! So....lets just say that our little king was on the verge of exhaustion (literally!) when we got on out last plane.
His plane experience could have been the most difficult time of my entire life! Not because being a new dad/mom was something foreign, but having a sick baby on a 16 hr flight would have been hard for the super nanny! But having all of you praying and the support from the other traveling families meant God was not going to let us down. ( Again Laughners, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, your family blessed us with your support in a special way!) We had nearly a dozen strangers/mothers who come to us and offered their services of trying to calm him down. He was screaming, coughing, crying, pooping, etc!!!!!! Instead of thinking "what kind of parents are they?" or "Keep your baby quiet", they were supportive and caring! After we arrived in Washington D.C. we were DONE! Fear, guilt, sickness, sadness and fear we were going to make two more planes full of people mad....we had enough! But again, it was not about us. It was about God using three vessels to show His power. Somehow, someway we had enough energy. Ana felt like God was literally moving her arms, legs, and controlling her thoughts. She was in autopilot mode to simply do whatever it took to get off the plane at out final destination! Powerful! It was honestly the most horrifying and gut wrenching time we had ever endured during our relationship!
When we finally arrived in Portland we were welcomed by our Parents and few friends who had been there our entire process. Now that we were back the mission was to simply bring our little guy home and getting him healthy. Which leads us to our next adventure....The Hospital!
Upon arrival to Portland, we decided to take him straight to the hospital to get a checked to see if there was anything we could do to help him with this difficult transition. After a few tests they admitted Siah and he had to have a slow drip iv. He has had one long, tiring, exhausting, draining and emotional journey & he was dehydrated. He was also poked several times so they could run tests to see if we could find out what was wrong with his tummy. I guess there is no testimony without at test! After traveling all day & night ( 30 hours) being exhausted, drained emotionally this put us over. There was nothing harder than to now have to hand our lil' guy over to get hooked up to an IV and put him through more trauma. Our first night home with our baby & we were in the hospital. I've never had more of a broken heart. There was so much pain...... it was an adopting parents' version of labor!!!! ouch!

God intervened in the upmost way! With LOTS of prayer, persistence, and love....Siah is now peacefully sleeping in his crib with a calm and peace only God himself can provide!

We have to say thanks to EVERYONE for all of your prayers. They were/are felt and prominent in our days.

Amy Childs!!!...................Often times perfect words come out of the mouth to describe an amazing act of grace, but there are no words our hearts, minds, or souls can put on paper that describe what you've done. You are a special person. Helping with doctors apts, phone calls, arrangements, holding him during our hospital visits, and finally staying the night at our house so we could get some much needed rest. You are the best friend anyone could ask for and your little nephew is blessed to have you in his life! He is excited about what you are going to add to his development. Thank you Amy!

P.S. To all the families we took care packages for.....We have pictures and video for all of you. Please allow us a little bit to get some things organized so we can send you all some quality feedback on your little ones. And trust are all going to be very pleased with the footage of your little ones!!!!!

To everyone that has sent us notes, dropped special gifts off at our house, made us meals, supported us on blogger with your e-mails, texts, sent pictures to make our signs for arrivals and all those that prayed, prayed ,prayed.....We love you all soooooooo much. We truly believe we wouldn't have made it with out you all praying & believing in us all the way through!!!! Our lives are forever changed in the most amazing way because of our experience and now because of our new lil King who will reign in his new house:))))
God bless you all!!!!!!

Love The Nunez's


Steve and Anna said...

Oh friends! The Lord kept bringing you to our minds. We were praying for "angels" for you. We are so sorry it was so hard coming home which makes us even more glad you are there - home with Siah. Our prayers will continue to be with you for sure! No worries about the pictures...just get yourselves healthy and all that. We know you will get them to us when you can. So glad the Lord carried you three home.

Kimberly Kulp said...

My Goodness you had a difficult LABOR! I am glad to see that he is home and you are able to sleep in your own bed! We are earnestly praying for a speedy recovery and time of true bonding.

The Kulp Family

Isaac T said...

We love you guys! Gideon wishes his former crib mate a quick and healthy recovery!

Isaac T

Jori said...

I am so glad to hear you are home and yet what a journey!! A true labor of love! You are amazing! Rest up friends!!
love ya, jori

Marisa Coleman said...

Sam and Ana...we hardly know you guys but feel so drawn to your story! I've been in tears reading your blog. Yours has been a very powerful testimony for us and I pray that God continues to pour blessings over you both and your much-awaited little king. =)
Drew & Marisa Coleman

Ray and Lisa said...

we've been thinking about you guys and praying Josiah was feeling better! I'm so glad to hear that he is!! We miss you guys and hope the transition is going well for you!