Three orphaned siblings from Sierra Leone have finally arrived at their new home in Kentucky, nearly four years after a U.S. couple first tried to adopt them.
Lori Pyle waited nervously at Louisville International Airport on Tuesday afternoon last week to meet her husband Francis and their three new children, Sam, 17, Betty, 14, and Fallah, 10.
The adopted siblings will join the Pyle's three young children, Malachi, Mckenna, and Mackaden, in Oldham County to bring the family to eight.
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Together: Lori and Francis Pyle stand with their children (from left to right) Betty, Mckenna, Fallah, Mackaden, Malachi and Sam after the three African siblings arrived in Louisville, Kentucky
But it has been a bumpy road for the Pyles to unite their family, with the children arriving nearly four years after Sam first begged for their help, WDRB reported.
Lori Pyle was visiting an orphanage in Sierra Leone in 2009 to deliver blankets as part of a volunteer program her daughter was involved with, when she met the children.
When she was back at her hotel one night, Sam escaped the orphanage and found her. He begged her to adopt him and his siblings, revealing they had been the victims of abuse.
'Their story just broke my heart I really didn't know what my part was going to be,' Lori told WDRB News last year.
Anticipation: Lori waits with her children and other relatives for the three siblings at the airport
Excitement: She spotted Sam, 17, and they ran towards each other with their arms outstretched
Finally home: The pair embrace - four years after the Pyles first set out to adopt the children from Africa
When Lori returned to Kentucky, she broke the news to her husband - who said he had always known she would return home wanting to adopt. Weeks later, he agreed he wanted to do it too.
And so they began years of wrangling with the Sierra Leone legal system, which does not have an adoption agreement.
At first they thought it would take seven months, but it soon stretched to years. Throughout it all, the Pyle's community and church helped them to raise the thousands of dollars needed for the process.
Last week, Mrs Pyle took her three children to greet their new siblings as they arrived at the airport.
New family: The children met Lori Pyle as she visited an orphanage in Sierra Leone in 2009
Settling in: They are pictured with two of their new siblings near their new home in Kentucky
Footage from the airport reunion taken by WDRB hows Mrs Pyle clasping her mouth and wiping away tears as she waits for a glimpse of her husband and children.
When she finally sees them, Sam runs towards her with his arms outstrecthed and they embrace. There are hugs and tears all around as the family comes to terms with the enormity of the return.
'They're here,' Lori said. 'They're home, they're home. I feel like I can breathe again.'
Other relatives, friends and classmates swarmed the airport to welcome the newest family members.
Lori said the three children were expecting an 'American meal' of pizza and chocolate cake when they went to their new home for the first time.
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