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A Gulfport Mom Returns From Vietnam With Adopted Daughter On Christmas

It had been 3 weeks since Mike Hendrickson has seen his wife Lisa and his 2 sons Michael and Matthew.    

"As of 3 days ago we weren't sure weather she was going to make it home," says Mike. "That's how closely the timing was."

But on this unforgettable Christmas Day, she did make it home all the way from Vietnam with her 2 sons and their new baby sister Mia Grace. But Hendrickson's journey was actually much longer.  

"It's been a long process," says Mike. "We found the baby when she was 6 weeks old and now she's 18 months old. So we've been a year and half trying to get her out of Vietnam, so it's been quiet an ordeal."

An ordeal that included adoption fraud, miles of government red tape, and 3 long trips for Lisa.  

"We ended up giving it all over to God," says Lisa. "We've got great family and friends and support here in Gulfport, a great church, and it all worked out just as he had planned and we're very grateful for every minute of every day of our journey to Mia"

Mike says he felt it was important that the boys join Lisa on the final leg of that journey.   

Mike says, "We wanted it to be an experience that they would never forget, and we're hoping that they would appreciate life here a little more."  

"They live kind of bad and the air is really polluted," says 10 year old Michael. "But it was a lot of fun."  

Many in their Cross Point Baptist Church family turned out to witness daddy and daughters first meeting, and to wish Mia a long awaited welcome home to south Mississippi.  

"Cross Point Church rocks," says Lisa. "We couldn't have done this without them."

by Don Culpepper

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