Haitian Orphan Finally United with Norman Family

Sunday, January 31st 2010, 10:36 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Since the earthquake hit Haiti, one Norman family has been waiting on word of the 4-year-old boy they've been trying to adopt from Haiti. Sunday, the family finally got the emotional homecoming they've been praying for.

It's been a struggle for the Presleys who've been wondering and waiting if they will ever see their little boy.

Randy Presley and his daughter, Eliana Presley, who was adopted 11 years ago, flew to Haiti to pick up her 4-year-old brother Christopher. They filed paperwork to adopt Eliana's brother last year, but when the earthquake hit, all bets were off.

Thankfully Christopher escaped from the orphanage that collapsed in the earthquake. The Presley's said the journey's been an emotional roller coaster but it's all worth it.

"Oh my goodness, this has been a long week. This feels wonderful. I'd describe it like a child waiting for Christmas only way better," Kathy said.

Kathy's husband and daughter spent a week in Haiti sleeping on the embassy floor so they could bring Christopher home to Oklahoma.

"Right then I saw with my own eyes that he was safe and he wasn't truly hurt and he was OK, so that was really good to see," Eliana said.

"It means everything, I mean he's our son and completes our family. He's the half brother of our older daughter we adopted from Haiti so we got everybody home and it feels complete and feels right and for things that ought to be and we praise the Lord for that," Randy said.

Christopher was a little overwhelmed during his homecoming and understandably so. The Presley's said they're going to help him adapt to their new home as best as they can and with the weather Oklahoma has been having, try to explain what snow is to him.

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- Norman Family Receives Word About Son In Haiti
- Haitian Orphan Expected to Be United With Norman Family Soon