HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – For nearly four years Tommy and Heather Kyle have prayed, along with a support system of family and friends, for two sisters living in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
Tommy first met Jada when she was 2 years old. Ten years later, Jada, now 12, and her 15-year-old sister Izzy officially joined their family, coming home with them to the Tennessee Valley.
On Saturday, family and friends packed Huntsville Airport in anticipation of Izzy and Jada’s arrival. The air was thick with excitement and love for two girls many of them had never met, but had long been praying for.
Grandparents, Freda and Waylon Kyle, had met Izzy and Jada before, on a trip to the Dominican Republic.
“I’m probably going to cry,” said Freda Kyle, Tommy’s mother. “We’re so excited for this day, we’ve been waiting a long time.”
After waiting just a little while more, the family – Tommy and Heather, their kids Jackson, Braden, Kennedy, Aubrey, and now Izzy and Jada – were, at long last, reunited.
“The journey has been very long, very hard and frustrating at moments. But God is good,” said Heather. “He’s provided along the way, everything we needed.”
A year and a half a go the Kyle’s thought they were close to finalizing the adoption, when they found out the girls’ birth certificates were fake.
“We had to go through an abandonment process, and we were in court over the last year in their country,” said Tommy. “Nine months ago they were taken out of the orphanage there, which was tough on them.”
Still, after years spent fighting for the girls who stole their hearts, praying with their community, and waiting for the day when their girls could come home to the United States, Heather and Tommy said it was all worth it.
“We are overwhelmed. Just praising God.”
(Read more about the Kyle’s journey to adoption on their blog, The Kyle Journey.)