Posted by: Louise | August 4, 2010

Meet the newest Jones!!

Well we made it to Manila. Ewan and Lydia really enjoyed the flight – once Lydia relaxed as she started to realize it was all going to work OK. We got to our hotel and relaxed for a while and ate some and took naps – well Mark took a nap!! After this we had a lot of fun going to one of the biggest malls in the world – SM Mega Mall. There was even a Marks and Sparks and we bought some Percy (we call them Peppa) Pigs – how to be a hero with your kids. We also managed to get to a huge toy shop and Ewan and Lydia emphasized the gender stereotypes when Lydia went straight to the pink section and Ewan to the super hero section. Lydia choose to get a pink hair brush and some bubble gum hand sanitizer. Ewan choose to buy a a hatchet, spear and bow and arrow set. Got to love our stereotypical guy and girl.



The kids were great and despite huge excitement we all got to bed and sleep pretty early. The plan for 4 people and one bed was that Louise and I would sleep on the bed, Ewan on the ground (he had already chosen that over the bed in the first place) and Lydia on some cushions. That worked until sometime in the middle of the night until Ewan ended up at the bottom, Louise sleeping diagonally, Lydia in a small gap in a corner and Mark straight down. Mark eventually ended up on the floor!!

Around 6.30am we got up and all had showers, ate a lovely buffet breakfast and then got a taxi to the organization who were responsible for Katie. We arrived around 40 minutes early (very not normal for us). When our social worker arrived we left by taxi to the much anticipated meeting. Long story short – she is a darlin’. The kids, especially Lydia, were a little nervous as there were a lot of people but they love her. We were both able to hold her and cuddle her which was great. Louise was also able to ask all the practical questions – what does she like to eat, when does she sleep, etc. Praise God her foster parents are lovely people and seem to have loved her and cared for her enormously. God has already blessed this little girl and we pray we too can be a blessing to her as she joins our family. It was a joy to hear the social workers and foster family refer to us as the parents and Ewan and Lydia as the Kuya and Ate (Filipino for older brother and older sister). This little girl is our new daughter.








Ewan’s way of trying to make Katie laugh!







  1. Such a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. We look forward to the second chapter! God bless!

  2. Wow! Congratulations guys! I knew from the very beginning how you love us Filipinos! Cheers!

  3. Great to see all the photos of the newest addition to your family. We trust she will settle in quickly to family routine and that God will keep His hand upon her as she is blessed through your lives and His loving care

  4. What a wonderful family! Praise God for bringing you together. We rejoice with you. Thank you for giving Katie a family. The Lord bless you!

  5. great news to wake up to can work out who she looks most like because she’s a cracker. God bless Adrian and family

  6. Wow! She is so cute! Blessings on you and this whole adoption process! Can’t wait to see her in person here in Davao!!!!!

  7. She is adorable! Praise the Lord that he worked out all the details of the process. So happy for you all. Love her name and she sure has a happy smile.

  8. God bless you. Congratulations for your beautiful girl!

  9. We are so happy for you and so blessed to see little Katie! Can’t wait to meet her in person. God bless you as you return home.

  10. Congratulations. She is adorable. Blessings and God speed as you bring her to her new home.

  11. To all the Joneses, great to hear and see your wonderful news. Katie looks like a real character! Will be praying for a smooth adjustment to being a family of 5.

  12. Many Many congratulation to you all as a family as you open up your hearts and home to dearest Katie.
    “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire” – Psalm 37 v 4 – answered prayers

  13. I am so excited for you all!!!! Katie is just gorgeous. Will be praying for you all as you bring Katie home. God bless, Love Lorna

  14. Delighted that things went smoothly. So lovely to see the photos and hear the story. Hope all goes well in bringing her home xo

  15. Katie is a doll! Congratulations to all of you. Thanks for sharing the updates and pics of how she became part of your family. Can’t wait to see her and all of you πŸ™‚

  16. Gorgeous x3 = beautiful nieces and nephew πŸ™‚

  17. Congratulations, she is lovely. May God continue to bless and guide you as a family.

  18. So pleased that you feel a family alerady and that Katie is settling in so well. She is gorgeous! God Bless! Sandra

    PS lovely to see your folk at Sabrena’s wedding on Sat night

  19. Congratulations Katie is a beautful little girl may the Lord Bless you all as a family in the years to come. God Bless

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