Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

This was the sky in Alabama last Friday night…June 13th, 2014…

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…the night Gary and Amanda flew back from Haiti with their twin boys…

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It was almost midnight by the time they landed in Birmingham, but we were all SO excited to be there to welcome them home!

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We waited and waited…and then…they appeared!

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Gasps and cheers filled the air as the doors opened and Gary and Amanda came out holding their sons!

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Their daughters ran to greet them first…

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…and it was one of the sweetest things I have ever witnessed.

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Big sisters, loving on their new little brothers…

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…and little brothers loving their new big sisters…

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I just clutched my hubby and soaked up every extraordinary second. :-)

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Bet’cha know who we’re looking at in those last two pics, don’t you? Yep. Amanda captured some video footage of Sweet P looking at the photo book we sent with her. :-)

I was all smiles while watching it, but when she pulled me in for a hug and shared sweet-somethings about my boy…I just lost it, y’all.

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I’ll never, ever forget that moment.

I  am  so  ready  to  go  meet  my  boy.



Around 12:30am, we all bowed our head in prayer…

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I’ll never forget that one either. What a precious and powerful experience!


It was such an incredible night from start to finish. To FINALLY see those boys right here in Alabama after keeping up with them on the Three Angels Facebook page for the past year was surreal!

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Congratulations, Knotts family! We love you and we’re so glad you and your FOUR kids are just right up the road! :-D

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And HUGE thanks to Hello Baby for doing such a beautiful job of capturing this night for keeps! I hope we get to see you (and your camera!) in that exact same spot again REAL soon! ;-)

PS- Here’s a short video I captured of the kiddos meeting for the first time that night if you’d like to watch! #GrabATissue :-)

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  1. Ter'e says

    Gosh, Layla…….I can’t watch the video…..as I am already bawling. i’ll have to watch it tomorrow.
    I can, however, offer the Knott’s Family a hearty CONGRATULATIONS on the adoption of their two boys. Can you just imagine what must be going thru their little heads? Oh the sights they will see —the love they must feel.
    Bless their hearts.
    What a beautiful post. I can must see and feel all the love, coming thru in photographs.
    Soon, this will be you and Kev. God Bless your hearts!

    • Bridgett Junkin says

      Thank you for sharing. I rejoice with them. I am praying that the Junkin family will be able to have a scene just like that in the near future. My nephew, Payt and his wife, Heather, have been in the adoption process for 3 years. We can’t wait to meet Rowen face to face. Instead of big sisters like these, he will be coming home to little brothers. I know how difficult it is to wait upon The Lord but we totally trust His timing even when we don’t understand it. Blessings on you as you wait your arrival. Keep posting.

  2. Sandra says

    Bringing home our adopted son was the most emotional day of our lives. It was the most emotionally draining experience, the waiting and hoping, but that all disappears when you have them in your arms, finally yours, finally home. I remember the absolute and overwhelming joy that just burst out of us and over everyone on the plane ride home! Wishing you a speedy end to your wait for your ‘Sweet P’

  3. says

    My heart is overwhelmed and my eyes are all shiny with tears. What a beautiful arrival captured in photos! Haiti is so dear to my heart and is our church’s main focus when it comes to missions. God bless the Knotts family!

  4. says

    Hi Layla,

    I realize that you have no idea who I am, I have been following your blog for a while and I just have to say that the day you get to bring home your baby, I will be bursting with joy for you both!
    I hope it is soon and thank you for the wonderful blog.
    Kind regards,

  5. Netty says

    I know this is going to sound NUTS….BUT… I have this book and love it. I read it and start face reading all the time now. :) It actually does work….as insane as that sounds…. and since all you really have right now for your baby is a picture of his face….I thought it might be something interesting for you. :) So excited for you and hope the time passes quickly so you can meet your Sweet P in person and bring him home. ;) http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Your-Childs-Face/dp/1401925340

  6. Baileywife @ Irishman Acres says

    I have been at the airport to witness the homecoming of family and friends through adoption. And just like I did in person, I cried just as hard reading this post! There is something so beautiful and magical about witnessing children meet their family!! Much like witnessing a birth of a baby…..God Bless the Knotts Family and sooooo cannot wait to read the post “Our Gotcha Day” from you and Kevin!! ~Kim

  7. Jenica says

    What amazing pictures to capture what must be one of the most joyful moments in the Knott family’s life. That family picture at the end is more precious than words! My heart is just so happy for them. Thank you for sharing, and we will be looking forward to seeing pictures of Sweet P someday really soon!

  8. Allison M says

    Completely overwhelmed by this touching story. What an absolute beautiful moment. Nothing like a good cry first thing in the morning as I read this. Congratulations to them, and cannot wait to hear more on your story!

  9. says

    I always knew how special adoption is, and how awesome it is for 2 people to make a selfless decision to welcome children into their home, and be a parent to them. One thing I never knew, was how beautiful it was. Thank you for sharing this, and looking forward on seeing you with your sweet boy.

  10. Jill T says

    What a joyful sight this is!
    Many years ago, I used to sponsor Korean adoptees as they came into SeaTac either into their new parents arms or to accompany to their next flight or keep them overnight until their next flight to their new homes. This was through Holt Agency in Portland Oregon. I still see several of those kids and one childs family kept me up to date on her until she was well into college. God works out things in miraculous ways. We see that in these fabulous pictures.

  11. DCJ says

    I cried as I read this, and then I said aloud, “Oh if only Alvin Holmes could have been there.” I think maybe someone should send him a link to your blog.

    How precious that love knows no boundaries……especially not race or nationality.

    Praying for ya’ll and Sweet P!

  12. Sherri Farrell says

    Wow!! Tears of joy flooding my face!!!!!!!! What a wonderful thing!!
    Just think, Sweet P will still be close to friends from Haiti!!!! Isn’t God great!?!?!? I loved seeing your face as you looked at the photo of Sweet P.
    Can’t wait to see the post that says you and Kevin are headed to Haiti!!!!

  13. says

    So beautiful! Layla, you just look like you are about to burst. I can only imagine how hard it is to wait. So happy for the Knotts family, and praying you guys will be there with your boy soon!!

  14. says

    I am sitting here bawl-eyed looking at these incredible pictures. What a joyous occasion. Your day will come, and I am praying it will be soon.
    Blessings to you and yours,

  15. Julia G. says

    Kevin & Layla – tears of joy for the Knotts family are flowing and prayers for you both as the time gets closer for Sweet P to be home!

  16. says

    This is just an awesome post for so many reasons and I LOVE that in the middle of her journey to bring her boys home she took the time to bring a piece of your boy’s life to you. That was the photo that started the waterworks for me!

    Praying for you and Kevin and overjoyed for the Knotts!!

  17. Melissa phaturos says

    Tears streaming from my face with joy for this family and yours. Sweet p will be waiting at the gates to greet you soon. Much love to you both.

  18. Talitha says

    Tears… what a precious moment, what a beautiful family. Congratulations to them! I don’t know you, but I also shed some tears for you, how hard it must be to wait such a long time for your little one. May God bless you today with strength and joy. Can’t wait for the post of your very own Gotcha Day…

  19. says

    Oh, my goodness! This is so beautiful! While we were in a Haitian orphanage last month, we got to witness a “forever family” moment and it was such an honor! Thanks for sharing this!

  20. Julie says

    Blessings and much happiness to all! I can’t wait to see the post and video of your own homecoming with your little Sweet P.
    Love and Faith,

  21. Tammie says

    That was awesome to have a group of people there to greet/meet them at the airport. I love the pics with the sisters meeting their brothers! Glad you got to see some recent pics of your son—-I know you already think of him as your son.

  22. Rox says

    I seriously have to stop reading these adoption posts at work. Mascara runs are SSSOOO not attractive. But who cares, right? Good things still happen in a world filled with some pretty bad things.

    Thank you for spreading joy today.

  23. Linda Andersen says

    I cannot wait to see you and hubby coming home with your sweet P!!! Every day I excitedly click on your blog to see if there are any updates.

  24. Renee says

    Your expression in the photo of you guys watching your son is so precious and loving, but- wow- your husband’s expression makes my heart tingle – pure love – he can’t take his eyes off his baby. You will travel soon – I believe it! Thank you for sharing your journey.

  25. hello haha narf says

    ohmyheart! praise the lord!

    so thrilled for the knotts family. love and best wishes to all.

  26. Amy Fitzgerald says

    It melts my heart. I’m so happy for them, but SO ready to meet the newest members of our family!!!

  27. says

    Thanks for the morning cry. What a beautiful life you live and lead. To see such wonder …thank you for sharing. Such a wonderful story and so happy for the Knotts family!

  28. Ange K. says

    So happy for them! Those boys are so precious (and their daughters too!)…and it won’t be long for you now. Can’t wait to see your pictures. :-)

  29. Maryjane from MB says

    WOW! You should have a disclaimer for those of us dropping in to visit with you at the office (on coffee break). ….T-E-A-R-S. Holy crow!

    So touching. High five to the photographer. Captured beautifully.

    Layla and Kevin I think we are all waiting WITH you and looking forward to celebrating your “Gotch ya Day”.

    Those little boys handled it so well. I would have thought they might be a little scared. However other than some tight grips on new Mom and Dad, they seemed quite open to this. They must have had some great preparation and explanation to help them adjust.

    Congrats to the Knott family.
    Peace and blessings,

  30. Amber says

    I’m sobbing over here. All happy tears of course. Congratulations to your friends on their new additions. Adoption is beautiful.

  31. Raquel B. says

    No words seem to express, just tears and a lump in my throat. I have been following you like so many others in “blogland” – looking forward to sharing in your gotcha day!

  32. jeri person says

    Sniff sniff! What a BEAUTIFUL thing to experience! Thanks for sharing ! That was one of the most BEAUTIFUL things I have ever seen! Can’t wait for your Gotcha Day!

  33. Ashley Olsen says

    Wow what an amazing post! I got the chills reading it and couldn’t help but cry. What a truly beautiful sight to see. Congratulations to the Knott’s family on their now family of four!! yay! What a beautiful family they are!
    I cant wait for the day you do the same with your Sweet P. Sending love your way, and prayers that you will be back in that spot very soon with your little one. It will be such a beautiful day for the two of you! Looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the sweet post! I love following your blog! (You don’t probably know me but I follow your blog and comment a lot, and I always comment on your instagram pics) @tomandash :) Thanks for sharing!

  34. Rebecca says

    I have errands to run and I’m a blubbering idiot! I lost it too when you said she pulled you in and shared Sweet P looking at your photo book. That did me in. So happy for this family and now more anxious than ever for your turn! I have chills just thinking about it.

  35. Teddee Grace says

    I’m sure everyone meant well, but how overwhelming this must have been for these two little boys. They look in shock. Best wishes and good luck to all. What a transition those little ones have to face.

  36. says

    There’s aren’t enough Kleenex in my house!!! My heart is so moved for them and for you. So very glad you were there to witness as friends because you know exactly how THEY will feel when YOU get your little Sweet P!!! Now, to go dry my eyes and try to think of anything else today besides this miracle moment in time!

  37. says

    Oh Layla- how crazy is the internet? I don’t even know you and having read your blog for quite awile I feel so blessed to have been witness to the power of your words and photos. To share something so profoundly personal with us is such a gift. I too cannot wait for the day that you hold that precious child in your arms-there is nothing like it whether it is your biological child or not-a child is a gift. The pic that had me cry was the one with you and Amanda-the gift of a Mother’s Love is written all over her face when she was hugging you. Such a powerful and beautiful moment for you both-I feel blessed today to have seen that-so thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up yours and sharing your life, love and grace with us all. I can’t wait for what comes next.

  38. Cheryl says

    I’m dropping big ol’ fat teardrops of joy all over my keyboard.This absolutely made my day. Thanks for sharing–you did my heart GOOD!

  39. Valerie says

    I had to go dry some tears and come back to comment. This is beautiful. God bless this family. God bless you.

  40. says

    Hello Baby, you couldn’t have captured this any better. I felt like I was there. The Knotts family is so fortunate that you were there to photograph this special event.
    All best wishes to the Knotts. You have a beautiful family.

  41. Kristine says

    Oh my heart. That is soooooooooooo beautiful. Thank you for sharing, your journey, their journey. What a beautiful story. What a beautiful love story. Praying for all of you.

  42. Jacki says

    I don’t normally comment, but this was beautiful! Seeing the beginning of a new life for all of them…ordained by the Father above. What a gift! I can only imagine what you are feeling. Blessings to all!

  43. Kara says

    I’m with the others in that I’m not sure my heart is ready to watch the video…

    But for as sweet as all of the pictures were of those ADORABLE and loved little boys, the one of your Kevin looking at the video and you at him… that just melted me. Praying for you guys and your sweet boy every day.

  44. Vicki Walker says

    Congratulations, glad the boys are here! I know you are. You are such a lovely family. I know you will all be happy together.

  45. says

    OMG, I wish the comment about the tissues was first! What a super sweet moment! So stinking cute seeing those girls realize they now have twin brothers!

    It will be great that they are just down the road for your sweet pea as he already knows these boys!

    So excited for you guys and I hope your time happens very soooooon!

  46. joanie says

    OMGoodness!! Such precious pictures. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
    Loved the group prayer at the end. So much to be thankful for.

  47. Allie says

    I was at LAX the day my niece came home with sister from Ethiopia. I didn’t know what to do with myself at the baggage claim & then a very dear friend looked at me & said “baby, your cup runneth over.” THAT’S it, that’s Gotcha Day emotion & I saw it in your faces too!

    8 years later, that infant now a girl makes me teary when I think of LAX on that Spring Day.

    Blessings to them & Family Does Rock!

  48. MAUREEN says

    Just curious about this adoption. Since the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 I have been following a family, the Gengels, who lost the college-age daughter who was on a mission trip. They have since built an orphanage in her honor in Haiti. It is called Be Like Brit. Was wondering if the boys were adopted through their orphanage. They are wonderful people and have a Facebook page if you would like to follow them and the work they are doing in Haiti.

  49. Vicki says

    So very special. It will be neat when these twin boys and your sweet P see each other again in different circumstances.

  50. Jennifer says

    Oh goodness… my allergies.

    What a beautiful day, and great foresight for hiring a photographer to capture it!!

  51. says

    Thank you so much for sharing the love, joy and utter elation of the birth of a family. No hospital, no nursery needed- GOD puts you where you need to be in his time, and the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport played its part in this blessed beginning. A very Love Actually moment, indeed! The look of love knows no boundaries, and is beautifully at home in the eyes, smiles, tears, joined hands and hearts among you all (and many of us, too!) Congratulations, Knotts Family! I feel honored to witness this blessed event as well as this Palmer Family preview.

  52. Cathy R says

    Oh this is just wonderful! I rejoice for this family and pray your gotcha day is soon in coming!

  53. Kim says

    Small world..I’ve been a fan of yours for a couple years at least as well as that of Three Angels..you see a family here in rural NB, Canada are also very closely tied to Three Angels..they brought their 2 precious girls home shortly after the earthquake. So I saw similar pictures first on the Three Angels page of the parents walking away with the 2 boys…and now tonight it shows up on your page! And you are getting a boy from three Angels? WoW! Amazing! Good luck!

  54. Janice West says

    I was doing OK until the pic with that sweet little blonde with both hands around that little chocolate neck while she planted a big kiss on his face. Such acceptance and genuine love from a child who is “color blind”. Our daughter and her husband have adopted 2 mixed race children and 1 African-American and we couldn’t be happier with our little melting pot family. My husband and I were both raised in very bigoted, prejudice families who thought Caucasian was the better race so we believe God has done a mighty work in our hearts because we love our little ones so much.
    I can’t wait to see the pictures of you and Kevin bringing your sweet child home to begin the beautiful journey growing your family.

  55. says

    Happy tears! ♡ Such a wonderful moment… and it’s only the beginning! Layla and Kevin, your moment is just around the corner. Blessings! ♡Dawn

  56. Christy Keyton says

    Beautiful, just beautiful. A gorgeous picture of our own adoption into God’s family. Can’t wait for it to be your turn.

  57. Linda says

    I am very excited for you and Kevin. I hope and pray, you will be experiencing the same emotions this year.

  58. Lisa W. says

    THIS is the sweetest thing, I can hardly SEE to type with tears of joy of course. The pictures are AMAZING, Layla you are the most beautiful lady, you shine inside and out!!!!

    I can’t wait for you two to get your baby home!!! HE is a lucky lucky boy for sure. Thank you SO much for sharing this, REALLY needed a “happy thing” today…thank you!!!

  59. Kylie says

    wonderful! Having a little cry all the way over in Sydney Australia – What an amazing thing you are all a part of! God Bless!

  60. Terri says

    I am moved to tears. What precious little boys and how blessed! Cannot wait to see you and Kevin when you welcome home Sweet P!

  61. says

    That was beautiful…it brought tears to my eyes to see this beautiful family adopt two boys from Haiti and to see their girls welcome them with hugs and kisses was priceless, This should be on a commercial…it was beautiful.

  62. Sanna Kay Davis says

    I have to say this moment needs to be shared with the world. What a wonderful blessing for all! I find myself checking your blog just to get an update on YOUR little one! Thank you for sharing your journey.

  63. julie g. says

    So much love I can’t take it!!! I am bawling and so choked up I have to remind myself to breathe. I feel as though I watched a new birth. I wish the best for this growing family and hope that your Gotcha Day isn’t far behind!

  64. Ter'e says

    I’ve looked at these pictures, I bet, 15 times!!!! I tear up every single time.
    Look at Kev’s sweet face as he was looking at the video on the camera of our Sweet Pea. Smiling so sweetly, over his new son!!!!!
    I swear……..it gives me goosies!!!!! I cannot wait for Sweet Pea to be yours!!!!!! (ours!!!!!) I am just so excited!!!! How cool it is to have 2 friends right down the street. Sweet Pea will already have that bond!

  65. Lin says

    Oh what a beautiful blessing to watch! Tears for sure! Your time is coming…..God is working on it! Those are beautiful boys and what a lovely family! Thank you for sharing with us.

  66. Debbie says

    This is so extremely emotional to watch. All the love from everyone for those two beautiful children is truly overwhelming. 25 years ago I made the choice to give my daughter up for adoption to a very loving family and being able to witness another family love for their adoption children makes my heart warm. Much love to all of you in your journey.

  67. says

    Congrats to them! Seeing the girls love on their new brothers is priceless! That is what God’s love looks like! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to see your sweet gift!

    God Bless Ya’ll!

  68. Sunny says

    Layla and Kevin,
    Thank for sharing such intimate moments with all of us, no words can measure the beauty of these photos. And the power of God bringing people together, making families..I am so deeply moved, and esp the last photos..we will all rejoice with you on that day too.
    God bless!

  69. says

    I couldn’t sleep tonight. I am so overtired from doing a craft show yesterday in a beautiful old town in Ocean Grove, NJ. I opened up your blog post and it was so heartwarming! I wish the world was all like this. Such good hearts!

  70. Sally says

    What an awesome experience to be a part of. Many blessings for the happy new family. Hope you get to experience this real soon. Tears are running as I type this. Such a moving experience. Peace, Joy and Love to you all.

  71. Connie says

    My heart feels so conflicted for those children. I know the deep loss of losing my home country has stayed with me my entire life. It is a deep scar that never heals. I’m sure their new family will love and cherish them and be able to provide them with safety, security and wonderful opportunities. I hope they honor and respect the children’s native culture and religion. I hope they can help navigate the difficult road of racism and hate that thrives is this country. I have much more to say on the topic, however I don’t want to squelch anyone’s joy. Praying for God’s highest and best for the children and all the families that reach out in love.

  72. says

    At work reading this and tears are just rolling down my cheeks. I can’t wait to see you reunited with your sweet baby boy!

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  73. Robbie says

    This brought back such tender memories of when we brought our son home from Russia. Huge crowd waiting to greet us. We were so tired physically, but the emotional high is unbelievable. Truly, an experience we will never forget.

  74. Reba says

    Boy, that just melts my heart! Those boys are the most precious babies…they are adorable! All are blessed.

  75. Deb says

    Not sure if this will work, but I’m hoping since you know the Knotts you could pass this on to them.

    In October of 2012 I went on my second missions with my church to Three Angels in Haiti. The previous year (2011) when I we went down, we worked primarily on the main compound and with the school. The orphanage had not yet been opened since the earth quake of 2010.

    This time when we went down there were 7 beautiful babies being cared for. As soon as I walked in I felt an instant love for each of them. But it was after holding one little boy that my heart was tied to these kids. Kelly was one of the bigger more active of the bunch and I loved holding him as he would do continual circles in my arms wanting to make sure he saw everything going on around him. Learning he had a twin brother in the group, I thought it was so comical how their personalities were so different but yet they were often found together in the play area. It didn’t take long to have a deep love for this two boys.

    It was one hot afternoon, after Kelly had fallen asleep in my arms (only making the Haitian heat even more intense…but totally worth it J ) that a begin praying for a loving Godly family for him and his brother. Knowing I couldn’t take them with me, although several times I would contemplate how I could safely pack two babies in my carry on J, I knew that I wanted nothing more than these boys to go to a Mother and Father who loved them and would teach them about their heavenly father that loves them even more deeply.

    As I have watched from afar your journey leading you to these to precious boys, I realized my prayer that afternoon had been answered. I cried with tears of joy as I read the updates on Kelly and Kevenel and final announcement that they were going home!!! To say I am excited for you is a total understatement. So just know you have a random person in central Indiana who is praying for you and your family and even without knowing it you were an answer to prayer for me!

  76. Marilyn says

    Sweet!!! Thank you God for answered prayers for this family. Praying for your family as your time is nearing!
    I don’t comment much, but followed your blog thru Traci H. Yall both are precious.

    Marilyn C.

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