updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
When PEOPLE first reported the family's story (Who Is This Child?, Sept. 26), Kalise—known as Kalite by her caregiver at the time—had been taken in by a couple after her godmother disappeared from the New Orleans airport. Barrow, 22, a clerk at Walgreen's, had asked friends and family to care for her three young children—the very weekend, it turned out, that Katrina hit. "No one thought it was going to be that bad," she says. After locating her mother and 11-month-old son Kalin at the Super-dome, she took them to Houston. Then she tracked down Kenya, 2, who was safe in Atlanta with the family of the three kids' father, Keith, who died in a car accident in June. Finally, after a 24-hour bus ride from Houston on Sept. 19, Barrow swept the giggly child into her arms at an Oxford motel and cried out "Kaylee!" "It's overwhelming. I was so excited I couldn't eat," she says. "Thank you, Jesus, for a happy ending."