Half-a-world away from his war-torn country, Emmanuel completes his journey from a Liberian orphanage to the Western Pennsylvania countryside on May 12, 2005. Emmanuel and another Liberian orphan, Jumah, have been adopted by the McLean family in Armstrong County.

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Emmanuel takes in his surroundings on his first evening in his new home on May 12, 2005.

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Jumah is comforted by her adoptive mother, Nancy, as she adjusts to her new family on her first morning in Armstrong County on May 13, 2005.

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For Bob and Nancy McLean, who have opened their hearts and their home to 14 adopted and foster children, dinnertime can be a challenge.

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Nancy's lap is crowded as she reads to Emmanuel (bottom) and some of his new siblings during a family vacation to Laurel Hill Lodge on June 14, 2005 in Somerset County.

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More than a year of agonizing over politics, red tape, and her children's safety has paid off as Nancy McLean is finally able to tuck Emmanuel and Jumah in for the first time.

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Emmanuel and Jumah are dedicated to God during a Christian ceremony in Kittanning on May 22, 2005.

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Even a light switch brings a new sense of wonder and discovery for Emmanuel as he explores his new home and the comforts it has to offer on May 13, 2005.

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Jumah's sense of play comes out as she and Emmanuel wait for the doctor to begin their first overall check-up since arriving in the United States on May 17, 2005.

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Bob McLean plays with Jumah and one of her new brothers during a family vacation to Laurel Hill Lodge on June 14, 2005 in Somerset County.

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Despite their different hardships and ethnic backgrounds, the McLean children quickly accept Emmanuel and Jumah as their brother and sister.

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Emmanuel pauses in the peaceful landscape of his new home while playing with his siblings in Armstrong County on May 13, 2005.

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