Saturday, September 21, 2013

Our China Adoption Journey


This is a photo essay about our China Adoption Journey, our daughter's orphanage, the people & captivating land. It was a "Happy 4th of July" that day she stepped foot onto USA soil and became an American citizen & forever our daughter. I'm posting this to my Art Blog because its a happy story & it's my story. It is part of what influences & inspires my art. Most of all, I hope this will inspire anyone out there who is trying to have a child but unable to conceive, or just wants to add to their family, or maybe thinking they're too old. I was 49 when I adopted this child. I adopted not because I could't get pregnant (but I was older) more because of the epic need I witnessed in China to save baby girls. I was raised as an American teenager in Southeast Asia, so for me, the choice was Asia. However, there are children all over the world and in USA who are waiting to be adopted. The need is overwhelming, even dire in many cases. I can assure you, it simply makes no difference if you are the birthparents or the adoptive parents, the level of love you will feel for that child is exactly the same wonderful love. I'm hoping my photo essay will spark your interest and possibly help you take that leap of faith! You can make a significant difference in a child's life and the love you get in return is powerful stuff! 
I posted too many photos,
so scroll fast!!! 
Enjoy!

For our adoption we used;
US Asian Affairs
539 E. Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 288-2220
I hope you will enjoy the following photo essay . 
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We flew from Los Angeles to China


Gotcha Day refers to the day you're given your child 

That moment she was handed to us

Her referral photo mailed to us 

Her 1st photo taken by another visiting family 

Our first time to see her in person, waiting to be given to us.


some of the other new families that day (4th of July)

This is us, new family, it was 4th of July
Chinese hotel was honoring USA holiday with flags.
We flew home this same day and because China is one day ahead,
we got two 4th of Julys!!!

We stayed 2 weeks in China learning about the culture, people & land.
As we walked the public streets, people seemed grateful we adopted her

My favorite Pic "Water Babies"


at hotel 1st day, she looked scared

still looking sad

new families

At American Embassy in China, she was sworn in as an American

On the footsteps of her orphanage in matching dresses

she looked so sad & scared

a smile at last!

The blessing of the adopted children 


Blessing of the children

all these babies need homes!

girls playing in the Orphanage 

my daughter's crib

Some of the things we donated along with needed medicine

so excited about this ball




enjoying the new toys



We donated to her Orphanage & "HALF THE SKY" organization

sitting on the famous "White Swan Hotel Red Couch"


the red couch

The land & the people












Chinese diaper method





pollution

Her town grows yellow rapeseed 


VIEW FROM OUR 5 STAR HOTEL ROOM
1st week in her new American home

she loves American food
She meets her new kitty, 1st week home. They just happen to share the exact same Birthday!
Always smiling! A very happy child!
age 5 at DisneyWorld
Standing with same kitty as above, 11 years later
Give a child a chance & they will bloom!
At 12 years old, beautiful, always happy, smart Top Honor Roll Student
Black Belt in Karate & Classical Pianist

Family
"Our Frist Week Home"
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