// August 22nd, 2009 // 8 Comments » // Loux Family News
Two days ago our new daughter Sana arrived from the Marshall Islands! Telma had gone to the Marshall Islands ten days ago in order to work out some immigration details for her U.S. Citizenship, and was able to bring Sana back with her. The two of them arrived Thursday morning and our entire tribe was there to greet them and to celebrate. Our family support staff joined us as well as our nephew Nick and Derek’s assistant Amy. From the beginning, Sophia, Michaela and Sana began playing, laughing and singing together. They didn’t stop for 10 hrs. It’s so amazing to see how kids can open their hearts to one another and help “new arrivals” adjust and bond. When we arrived at home we celebrated with a welcome home luncheon for Sana. Our brother & sister in law, John and Tracie and their kiddos, as well as my sister Heather and our nephew Baden joined us in the celebration. It was so great to have Telma home as well! She’d only been away for 10 days but everyone missed her so much. Ethan lit up like a 4th of July sparkler when he saw Telma. He threw his arms around her neck and wouldn’t let go. It was precious! We are now the parents of 10 children! When we entered this new phase of adoptions 18 months ago, we had no idea that the Lord would bring us five children in one year, but He did and it’s been incredible! All 13 of us (including Renee’s mom) crowded around the breakfast table this morning as we threw another celebration for Renee’s birthday. I looked around the table and thought … “Wow, I’m a really rich man!” The Lord is amazing and we are so blessed!
Renee’s mom who had been gone to the South Pacific and Asia for two months, came home Thursday night! It wasn’t the same without her here. We are so blessed to have her in our lives, living right here with us as she continues doing translation work and in other areas of ministry to help the islanders whom her heart so dearly loves!
What a great day of celebrating! Thank you again to all of you who helped us bring Sana home, through your prayers, your sacrificial giving and your practical help! We love you!!!
Derek, Renee’ and Tribe
Just look at that smile!
Snugglin our new angel
Feeling a bit overwhelmed
Sana looking at her new family members
When Ethan saw Telma come off the plane, he threw his arms around her and his whole face lit up! He missed her so much!
Sana feeling a little shy
Posing with some of our family support staff and Sana
We had a lot to celebrate!
Sana taking a moment to herself
Our family support staff celebrating with us, along with our nephew Nick and Derek's sister and our nephew, Heather and Baden
Our little angel Silas was very happy to greet his new sister. He's only been in America for 6 months now and he's ready to show Sana what this new life is all about!