LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville couple is back from Africa and their family of two is now three. They were finally able to bring home their newly adopted baby boy.
Loved ones cheered as Aaron and Nichole Marshall made their way through the Louisville airport. "I have no words to explain how excited we are," said Renie Twedt, Nichole's mother.
Their journey to this day started more than two years ago. "They did missions down in Africa back in 2009 for nine months and when they came home, they decided this is what they wanted to do," said Twedt.
The Marshalls knew they wanted to adopt a child from Ethiopia. It was a process they were told would take about eight months.
"It just turned into a mess of bureaucracy and muck, so it hasn't been fun, just a very tough year," said Aaron.
While they tried not to get discouraged, it was hard, but 16-month-old Zurich was worth the wait. "It's been a long time coming," said Nichole. "I've been away for over three months and it's just good to be home."
Since November, the couple has been in Africa, going through the court system, and encountering different road blocks along the way. "It's been a long time, so we have been wanting to be home for many, many months and this is a very long process and we are just happy to be here," said Aaron.
Back home with their baby, a sweet boy they are thrilled to introduce as their own. "He's just a wonderful baby and we are just really happy to have him and we are lucky that he got us and we got him," said Aaron.
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