Home Sweet Home

>> Saturday, October 3, 2009

Can you believe it!? 2 months (more for Claire), 5 surgeries, 5,000+ miles, and over 65 hours of travel time later, we are finally HOME. I really cannot express the joy that Claire and I feel about being here right now. We got home at about 1:30am yesterday morning and when I went upstairs to Maxs room, I just broke down. All of the stress that we have been carrying with us for the past 7 months was now gone. My perfect, beautiful baby boy was where he belonged.

Yesterday was a little crazy with getting unpacked and all of our families that wanted to come see him. I think at one point there were 9 people here. It was totally overwhelming, but great to see. Our parents and brothers and sisters all got the chance to see him or hold him. Claire has one sister that lives in Oregon that will be able to meet him in a few months. She and her husband were not able to make it down, so we miss them. :)

One of the friends that came over yesterday to see him was our friend Misty Dunn. Misty is am AMAZING photographer and we wanted the first pictures of him home to be taken by her. She has a website (www.mistymichellephotography.com) that you can check out if you would like. She is super talented and we just wanted to share a few pictures of Max in his NEW place!

Thank you all again SO much for the prayers and thoughts. We really could not have done this without it. You have all been such a blessing for our little family as we went through this.

So, this ends that volume of our lives, and so we begin on a new journey with having our baby home. We will continue to post things as they happen, but it may not be as often as before. We will still be keeping you all updated though. :)

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Again, we appreciate and love you all. Except for “Anonymous.” You know who you are.

From Arizona. From Home.

The Griffin Family


Misty October 3, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

My heart is absolutely bursting with happiness right now. I can't describe how amazing the scene of you three with your extended family was for me to peek in on. You could almost reach out and touch the peace and love.

Nikki October 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM  

Welcome Home Griffin Family...Welcome Home!

Gabi's Journey October 3, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

Tears of happiness to hear that you are home with your beautiful son! Congrats! I remember that moment.. it almost felt surreal! Enjoy every moment together as FAMILY!!
Much happiness,

Katrina October 3, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

Like Nikki said, Welcome Home Griffin Family!

Anonymous October 4, 2009 at 12:00 AM  

""""""W E L C O M E H O M E"""""


Kate October 4, 2009 at 5:59 AM  

I am so glad you are home! I know it was a long trip but the plane could have been really bad for him.

The pictures are great!! Enjoy having him home!! :)

Jaime's World October 4, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

What an AWESOME day it was for you! I remember that day quite well!
Congrats and enjoy every minute of it (the good, the bad, the crazy...)
Welcome home Griffin Family of THREE!!!!!!!

Hugs to all,

Hayley October 4, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

brilliant news, welcome home xx soooo hope i'm writing the same thing on my blog in a few months time x so happy for you all xx

AllieKat October 4, 2009 at 7:39 AM  

Congratulations on your final leg of this journey before starting your next one-enjoying parenting your amazing baby boy! I wish you all the very best and I hope that you can bring Max into Brinton soon so I can meet this tough little guy!

Welcome back (just in time for some nice weather!),

Cindy (from Brinton)

bobdoble October 4, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

Congrat's and welcome home! Such a wonderful word!

martha October 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

YEAH....so thankful to hear that ya'll made it safely HOME!! :) enjoy!!! I'm glad God allowed us to meet ya'll and journey with you these past couple of months!!

annie October 4, 2009 at 10:57 AM  

Yay! You made it! Praise God! Love the pictures, he is so darn cute. Will continue praying for you as you get settled in.

Rebellious Roberts October 4, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

welcome home guys! he is absolutely beautiful {can i say that when he is a boy? :)} i love the pictures... he looks so happy! its so nice you get to bee home now
:) love you guys and if you need anything you know my number so give me a call!

Stephanie October 4, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

Soooo happy to hear that you made it home safely. The pictures are ADORABLE!!! Misty is so talented. Thank you for sharing the pics with us.

Much love,

Moore Family October 4, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

Congratulations. What a relief! And what a journey. Love the photo where he manages a smile.

Jean ashner October 4, 2009 at 2:09 PM  


So so so happy for you!

Welcome home!

Andrea October 4, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

Welcome home Claire, Jordan and Max! Finally resting Max in his own little crib must feel so wonderful! Now he can start making all of his "wild things" memories right where he belongs. Congratulations and take care!

Andrea Marconi

The Gault Family October 4, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

What a journey! I am so happy that you have your little guy home. He won the CDH battle...Woohoo!

Welcome Home Griffin Family!!!

He is adorable:)

Anonymous October 5, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

Welcome home. I have been following your blog. I go to Westside Baptist in G'ville. What a blessing God has truly blessed you and Jordan with. I'm thrilled to read oct 3rd blog and see Max went home. Welcome home. Love in Christ, odette

Jennifer Tenney October 5, 2009 at 6:17 AM  

Congratulations!!! Max looks so handsome in the new photos!!! Enjoy your adorable boy at home!!!!!!!!!

Becca October 5, 2009 at 8:14 AM  

I am sooo excited for you. If I ever come to AZ I'm definately going to want to meet up so I can see this little fighter for myself. :) You guys are so blessed and I'm very happy for you!

Dario & Melissa Arias October 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

Welcome home!!!! Hooray for Maximus!!!!! Those pictures are so precious - as is your family :)

Missing Kasey October 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM  


Anne October 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

Claire and family, we are just thrilled to see that you are back in Arizona! What a long journey for the three of you. Thankfully you made it safely and now you can concentrate on being parents in your own home. What a CUTE little guy! Can't wait to see you again soon! Anne and Jennifer

Tracy Meats October 5, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

Welcome home Maximus and CONGRATULATIONS Griffin family on bringing that handsome little boy home. I hope he just thrives at home. Enjoy being home!!

Tracy Meats, mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04

Maxton's Mommy October 5, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

So glad your Max is home... I say that my Max lives where the wild things are permanently... he did not have to come home for dinner... but your Max is FINALLY home for dinner! I am so happy for you guys. This may sound selfish, but I know that my Max helped his name brother out... :-) Can't wait to hear about what all the little guy is up to!! Love the pics.


Prairiemamma October 5, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

Oh, praise God!!! I am so excited for the three of you and your loved ones. Your story is so wonderful and inspiring. I just love baby Max even though I will probably never meet him. I will continue to pray for all of you.

Suzanne October 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

So glad you are home. Glory to God!
Gainesville will miss your sweet sweet spirit. Addy continues to pray for Baby Max. She can't seem to understand that AZ is far far away and not at the hosp. Then she gets confused and thinks Max is still in Claire's belly if he isn't in the hospital. For a 3 yr old and only meeting you once she is doing pretty good really. If you come back for reunion we will have to all go play in a spring!

Lauren Caraway October 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

Yeah!! So glad to hear you guys are back safe and sound!!

Anonymous October 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
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The Griffin Family October 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM  


Get a life and get off my blog. Keep your comments to yourself.

martha October 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

The pixs are priceless!! What a special gift!! So glad you are home....we'll miss you, but look forward to seeing you next year for your anniversary appointment!!

Anonymous October 6, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

Congratulations on being home! I've been on vacation for a week and before even unpacking I had to check on Max (my birthday sharer!)
I'm thrilled you made the trip safely, he's home, and you're beginning a normal family life! May many more blessings come your way! Thank you for sharing your life with us! God bless you all!
Thelma in Texas

Prairiemamma October 6, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

This is great news. I’ll say a prayer of thanksgiving during my time before the Blessed Sacrament today.

(Copied from an email I received from a priest friend of mine)

God Bless

Melissa N October 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM  

Welcome home!
We are just overcome with joy that Maxie-man is home. Healthy, happy/grumpy, and growing. Three cheers for Max!
Enjoy this little guy before you know it "this" will all seem a dream and Max with be off to college.


phxychk October 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

Congratulations and Welcome HOME!!!
Max is a doll!

Kendra October 9, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

Congratulations! Let the wild rumpus start! I have been following your blog for sometime now, praying for little Max each day. My nephew was born with CDH 7 years ago and is now a thriving, healthy little boy. Our family knows too well the ups and downs you've experienced over the past few months, so we rejoice with you now that your journey is taking a new direction. God is good all the time. May He continue to bless you and little Max. God bless you.


Hannah October 9, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

I stumbled across your blog and have been following it pretty much since the beginning with all of your ups and downs sharing your tears of sorrow and joy along the way. I am so happy that you are safe at home with your wonderful little boy and am amazed at his (and your!) strength and all he has been through. Thank you for sharing his story. Wishing Max and all of you a very healthy and happy life together.

Anonymous October 15, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

Okay, I know you guys are super busy...but I need my Max fix. I miss your little Max and want to see how everyone is doing. Drop us a few lines pleaseeee :)


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