home again

Well, we are home now, and it is great. I will go ahead and say this before I write the rest of this out: there are no pictures here today. Instead we posted a short highlight video of our time with Sam at the baby house. We have a farewell party with his class and some footage of him in our apartment in Karaganda separately, so this is just highlights of his time in the baby house with us. It’s on our youtube page at youtube.com/igoac.

We got home Sunday afternoon to family and friends at the airport, and have been having a good time at home. We are recovering from jetlag, Sam included. He has woken up at midnight and 1 the last two nights for some midnight play time and then back to bed. Overall we are doing really well. We are enjoying the company of family who are really exicted to have us and especially Sam home.  We’ve really had some good family time between the three of us, too.

We are feeling some unexpected feelings as well. It’s hard to put our finger on it exactly, and we’re mosty just excited to be back, but we are feeling some things about leaving a place, returning to a place that should be very familiar, getting back in the swing with family and friends, and stuff like that.

I am having to remember a lot of our student training when we send them overseas. When people experience cultures deeply it is often hard to return back to the home culture, and I think we are feeling that a lot. A season of our lives was lived and really came to a close in that place, and it holds so much of our son’s history. It’s just a very mixed emotions kind of time.

So I guess the word of these last few days is surreal. It’s been very, very good. Sad in some ways. A little unexpected. Very at home, and at the same time a little unsettled. Surreal. But we’re really glad to be back, and Sam is so great. He is such a little trooper. He had his first haricut, his first ride in a carseat (which is a foreign concept in Kstan), his first night in HIS bed, in HIS room, with HIS dog, Lucy. It’s so cool.

Thank you for praying. We’ll post again soon.

10 responses to “home again

  • Bob and Laura

    Hello Charity and Aaron,

    Welcome back home. Reverse culture shock is always worse.

    Would you please send us your email address? We happen to have some short videos we made of your son in May 2008 when we were adopting in Karaganda. We would love to forward them to you.

    Warmest regards,

    Bob and Laura

  • Bonnie Smith

    So glad to hear you are home and doing well. I must confess that our house was WAY too quiet after you all left and we hope our paths cross again before too long. We can certainly relate to the mixture of emotions; it’s great to know that He understands them all, even when we don’t. Blessings on you guys as you continue to walk with Him. Love, Bonnie

  • Jessica Crutchfield

    We are so so glad you guys are home. I am sure it is surreal and I can imagine lots of emotions.

    I was wondering if I could ask you a couple of questions about your apartment in Karaganda? Can you email me with the best email address for you? I think I have two different ones from our blog and your blog. Thanks!

  • Jane Peterson

    I agree with Kris’s posting: reverse culture shock is always harder, maybe because generally it is unexpected. Even if you have prepared the best you can, it is still something that has to be worked through. Your profound experiences together in K. have changed you forever, so now the “new yous” will be looking to God & trusting in His compassionate care & guidance as you adjust to life in a world here that has stayed pretty much the same. Love you all…hug Sam for me. Jane

  • Silvia

    Dear Charity&Aaron,
    my name is Silvia and I’m living in Spain. The last winter I was in Karaganda and I adopted my son (also called Sascha) and I met your Sam.
    I’m really happy to know that Sam has found a family and you can be sure that Sam is happy too. His face, his expression , his eyes are now very very different than in the orphanage. He was in my arms many times and I cannot express (in English) my emotion to know that he finds parents.

  • Kris

    I have been to Kazakhstan several times and the reverse culture shock has always been harder. You have had an experience that no one at home will ever understand and it’s something that has touched your very soul. The blessing is that your spouse was there with you and it’s a private experience that you will always share! Congrats on getting Sam home!


  • Aunt Lynn and Uncle Chuck

    Welcome home, Claytons!! So glad to have you home in Texas.
    Your journey has been such a special time for all of us. Thank you
    for helping us know and love Sam long before you arrived back home.
    Aunt Lynn and Uncle Chuck

  • John & Brenda

    I loved your latest post. And now you’ll be even more prepared to help your young travelers with your deep experience. Sam is a delight and it’s been fun watching his and yalls eyes light up. God is good.

  • Steve Mstar

    So glad to hear that you are at home safe and sound. Your adventures in Kazakhstan were a joy to read about and brought back many happy memories for me. You were an amazing example of how to let go and let the journey unfold in its way. Even though, it’s easier to roll with the stuff that happens to you when you’re a believer, right? You know that God is making your story in a way that will best suit his plans and purposes.

    One question though: How many days total in country?

    • Aaron and Charity

      You are absolutely correct, the gospel makes all the difference. We have a different kind of hope on the difficult days and a motivation that gets us through when more earthly motivations seem to wain.

      Days in country: 85

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