by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse
A small crowd gathered outside the secure area exit at Boise Airport. It was late on a weekday, so the small airport was largely abandoned, save for a few families waiting for their loved ones.
Among the anxious crowd were family and friends of Tech Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley - an Airman from the 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, whose months of searching, legal struggles and even dodging protests in Ukraine, led to this pivotal moment.
Then, a familiar face pushing a stroller came through the exit.
It was Jamie with her newly adopted daughter, Sandie. The sight of her two sons and husband brought tears to Jamie's eyes.
She kissed and hugged them, then introduced the twins to their new sister.
"That little girl just won the parent lottery," said Mark, a long-time friend of the family. "She may not know it for a while, but (she) is going to have a fantastic life."