He’s here!

Sorry for the silence. It’s been a little busy around here.

You know, with a trip to Africa and all.

Oh, and this guy:

The first photo I took of our son! May 29, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, there is one less orphan out there! Ephrem Pierce Mapendo Shows is home!


Playing in the Guest House Day 2


Smiles for momma!


Our super star Aunt Robin!


Mom & E at the Congo River! (He’s actually quite happy despite the face in this photo…)


In the SUV and ready to brave Kinshasa traffic (with a very tired little boy)!

We flew two 8-hour flights and then a “short” 2.5 hour flight. With the layovers, it was nearly 30 total travel hours. He was a CHAMP. He slept during most of the first flight to Europe and then charmed the fellow passengers on the flight to the U.S. Then he slept for the third flight (because it was past his bedtime Africa-time).

After two 8-hour flights, we finally landed in the US! (Yes, I’m as tired as I look…But ecstatic to be in the US with our son!)

Kisses from Momma as we waited for our final flight to Florida!

We were met at the airport by Daddy and some of our close friends and family. It was a beautiful moment.

First family photo – all on one continent!

Since we’ve gotten home, it’s been all about E and attachment and bonding. We’re learning each other and he’s a sweetheart.

Morning 1 at home…after this photo, we learned that he does not, in fact, like to be spoon fed anymore thankyouverymuch.


E and Pippin are learning to hang out. Pippin has been around the “little humans” before and knows that they drop food often (and sometimes let him lick their fingers when mom isn’t looking). E has learned that Pippin has a fluffy tail that is fun to pull (not fun for Pippin…).

I’m sure we will have a ton more photos to post. We’ve been blowing up the Facebook feed with new photos like obnoxiously proud parents. We’re not even apologetic.

To everyone who helped us to bring our son home – friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, granting organizations, and everyone that I can’t remember – THANK YOU. For so long “Baby Shows” was this idea, this photo, this little person whom we hadn’t met living on another continent. Now he’s our son. Now he’s home. Now we’re a family together at last. Thank you for being a part of our story. Thank you for helping us become a forever family.

We are so incredibly blessed.


15 thoughts on “He’s here!

  1. Don’t apologize! He’s adorable and you both have every right to be proud parents. Many, many congratulations and you all look like you’re having a ton of fun getting to know each other. ^-^

  2. We have been so blessed following this “Baby Shows” adventure!! What an amazing accomplishment. My testimony and walk have grown the past 18 months, learning so much from you both. What an exciting time! E will be running the show for quite a while!! and I am so happy to be included! Love you all

  3. He is so cute. Do you live in south Florida? We live in Miami. Adopted from Russia and working on adoption from Colombia. Enjoy your lil man.

    • We live in North Florida. Congrats on your adoption and best of luck with your second adoption in Columbia. I’d love to talk to you about the process sometime. Columbia is on my radar. 🙂

  4. Glad to see you made it home safe and sound! It was nice to meet you and your handsome Ephrem. 🙂 Congratulations, Momma, and Welcome Home!

    • Thanks! It was great to meet you in person (what’s are the chances?!) Hope things are going well with your family and look forward to reading about your wonderful adventures!

  5. OH! This boy is nothing but beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous! And you look the same holding him and adoring him. I’m so thrilled to see this post as I’ve thought of you on your adventure to Africa and have prayed for you and yours. Soak it in dear momma. God and has blessed you three amazingly.

    Your Arkansan friend !

  6. How wonderful! How exciting! Praise the Lord that there is one less orphan out there! I love that! You look so happy! We have just started our journey to adopt siblings from Hungary! God bless your family!!!!!!

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