FC: Katie Comes Home
1: To our precious daughter, Katelyn Coreen Sprague We love you so much.
2: Hyun Kyung Ae- Star Love born March 19, 1987 in Seoul, Korea She joined her new family as Katelyn Coreen Sprague June 26, 1987. | With her foster mother in Korea. | Katie meets her Mom at SeaTac Airport
4: Homecoming Day excerpts from Katie's Baby Book by her Mom Definitely the most exciting day I've ever had! The drive to the airport went well. Aunt Nancy didn't get lost, kids weren't fighting. At the airport parking garage, we lost Aunt Nancy. After searching 3 levels of the garage, we found the truck parked on the same floor as our car, but couldn't find Aunt Nancy, Grandma, TJ and Aaron. By now, it was time to get to the observation deck. So we gave up and went to the Traveler's Aid desk. And there we found them! The other adoptive parents were also there. We gave our names at the desk, produced I.D., and were given name tags. The briefing began. The babies would be wearing color-coded bibs when we saw them first. Yours was pink. Perfect!
5: Homecoming Day June 26, 1987 | Aunt Nancy returned from getting our diaper bag, which had been left in the truck. Now we had 3 bags, 4 adults, 4 kids, and god only knows how many cameras to keep track of...
6: We moved to the observation deck, where we would be able to see Northwest flight 20 arrive from Korea. By this time we didn't have long to wait. We took pictures and chatted with the parent volunteers, who would lead us through this, and with the other parents. Mostly, though, we just waited. TJ took pictures of the planes arriving- at least one roll! The plane was late, arriving at 10:20. But at last it arrived and taxied to the gate. After it was down, it was time to move downstairs where we'd have our first look at the babies through the glass walls as they were carried by their escorts through customs. First, all the other passengers deplaned. We got our cameras ready. Then a long wait. The flight attendants were next. Another long wait. Some stragglers. More waiting. Finally we saw them!
7: The ladies with the blue smocks and the babies were coming down the escalator! Our cameras were ready. The second lady had the little girl with the pink bib. TJ, Dad and Aunt Nancy snapped the first pictures. Grandma and I cried. It was so exciting! You were so pretty! You looked exactly like your pictures! The escort got off the escalator and turned you towards the windows so we could get a good look at you. Our little girl was finally here!
8: Then we went to the lounge where we would receive you from the escorts. Twenty minutes passed as we excitedly compared notes. We agreed you were the prettiest. We crowded around the escalator and watched for the ladies with the babies. At last they arrived. The volunteers asked us to return to the lounge. TJ stayed behind and snapped another picture. All the parents and families waited in the lounge, right on the line separating it from the rest of the terminal. We looked like runners about to race. I wish we had a picture of that! Katelyn's escort was second in line again. In her arms was the cutest baby I've ever seen, dressed in pink from head to toe. I don't remember being handed my baby. I remember cuddling her and showing her to Tim, then the rest of the family. Mostly it was a blur of excitement. You'll see the pictures- we took 6 or 7 rolls!
11: Some of the other adoptive families-
12: Katie's Showers- Winthrop and N.Y.
14: Rainy Lake
15: First Summer 1987 | with best friend Kelsey Hyzer
16: Katie and Grandma Kay | First Summer
17: with Uncle Dave | Grandpa Bill
19: First Halloween
20: First Birthday
21: First jeans | With babysitter Sherry Olin