Wednesday, May 29, 2013
1. Sweet baby doll
2. Small photo album of Sophia's forever family
3. Disposable camera for her nannies to document her life in China (we hope to get this back on Gotcha Day)
4. Candy and nuts for the orphanage caretakers (gifts never hurt, right?)
5. A translated letter expressing our joy and excitement about Sophia's homecoming and our appreciation for her caretakers.
Most of all, we send our love and prayers to baby sister!!
Monday, May 20, 2013
|Cutest cake with "Welcome Home Sophia" greeting|
|And, of course, Little Man got a gift too!|
We were blessed by my family with a wonderful baby shower! After a few years of shopping in the boys' department and buying outfits featuring monster trucks, dinosaurs, and construction equipment, it was SO much fun to see beautiful frilly dresses, a pink zebra print T-shirt, and ALL the accessories to match! Our sweet Sophia will, no doubt, be the best dressed girl in town!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
This Sunday is Mother's Day, a day to celebrate the women who have impacted our lives. I can't help but think of Sophia's birth mother. I will always be grateful to her for choosing life for her daughter. I don't know the circumstances surrounding the relinquishment of her baby girl (and probably never will), but I can only imagine it was an agonizing, heart breaking decision. On this holiday and future Mother's Days, I hope to recognize the incredible gift of life given by this woman on the other side of the world.
"Legacy of an Adopted Child"
Thursday, May 9, 2013
We recently received a Chinese newspaper dated July 2012 containing Sophia's finding ad. She is labeled as child #565.
In China, before an orphanage places a child for adoption, they must run a finding ad in a local newspaper noting the child's date of birth, place of abandonment, and any other known circumstances. Maybe a way to notify the birth parents of the child's impending adoption? Sadly though, it is just a formality because very few finding ads result in family members stepping forward.
How difficult it was to see our daughter's beautiful face in a sea of other precious faces. Her numeric label means she is the 565th child to be listed that year in this paper. And, this was just a small, eight page, local newspaper. Wow....that is astonishing and heart breaking.
But, it won't be long before #565 has a home, a name, and a forever family! So looking forward to that day!