Monday, January 14, 2013

Gotcha Day - One of the Highlights of our Life!

The anticipation that builds as you wait to meet your child for the first time is hard to express in words. It reminds me a little of waiting to walk down to the aisle on my wedding day. As we signed paper after paper, it was truly difficult to concentrate on what I was doing! Our lives were about to change forever!

On our way to get Anthony!
AND THEN HE WALKED IN THE ROOM . . .our precious precious boy. It was the meeting I had imagined, quite unlike our experience with Grace (but she was 18 months so you can imagine she was scared and didn't know what to think). He ran to us and hugged and said "I love you Mother" and "I love you Father" and "I love you sister". It was sweet music to our ears, and I feel tears welling up in my tired eyes as I write this.

First of many!
He came to us with a backpack filled with candy and snacks and the items we sent him in the care package!
The Shanghai Children's home also gave us a beautiful photo album and a chop (a traditional Chinese name stamp). They were so sweet and generous.

He brought our some toys he had to show us and shared several of his treats with Grace and us. Grace loves him and you should see them together. They are so cute - children can overcome language barriers in amazing ways!

The language barrier is pretty significant, but we will trust God and speak lots of English. God put homeschooling on my heart for a reason! Exciting times ahead.

For those wondering, we do have a video! It is very long and we are working on downloading it and will upload to YouTube soon!

After our special time getting him, we went on an excursion to a store that was sort of like Wal-Mart, apparently called Lotus. It was incredibly overwhelming to be in a huge store where everything was in Chinese. We also learned that apparently you don't need deodorant in China in the winter. :) They don't sell it during the winter! He picked out a few things like some DVDs, toy cars and treats he liked and then we dropped all that off and went on a adventure to find lunch.

Last night we ate at a wonderful Indian Restaurant and today we tried a Chinese restaurant. We had great food and got some laughs over the menu translations.

FIRST FAMILY PHOTO! Someone got mad at me for being behind her. Can you guess who needs a nap? :)


Clove of Garlic, anyone?

Chinese Pizza comes in wide variety of flavors :)

Grace is napping now and we are playing with Anthony. Please pray that our bodies would adjust to the time here. Grace keeps waking up at 2:30 AM and is thus very tired and hits the grumpy stage pretty fast. :) Please continue to pray for the bonding process and for the language barrier. We are so happy with our precious son and can't thank God enough for the amazing ways He is working in our lives!

Our Hotel, the HoJo in Shanghai!


  1. Congratulations to your family! What a sweet, sweet, gotcha moment :) Love how thrilled he was to get his mommy and daddy... tears! Thank you for sharing your journey. Prayers for your family.
    Dawn Richardson
    (mommy to two Shanghai sweeties!)

  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I've been checking and checking for pictures and this whole post makes my heart very, very happy!!!!

  3. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! Crying as I read your story and see your beautiful photos. Thank You God!

  4. Simply wonderful! Love all the photos...thanks for sharing them! Prayers will continue for the four (!!) of you.

  5. Hearing that he ran to you and said I love you brought tears to my eyes. How sweet! We are so excited for you!!

  6. I am so excited for all of you! Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. I can't wait to see more of Grace and Anthony together.

  7. So excited for you guys!!! What a wonderful first day! Praise God for that!

  8. Suzanne! First thing I did this morning was logon to see this post! Yay!!! Can you email me the html? I want to post it on WAGI! :)

  9. Congrats! He's so handsome!!!

  10. Thanks so much everything! We appreciate your love, support and prayers so very much!! Praise God for His amazing work!

  11. Congratulations!!! I am sooo excited for your family!!! Where did you purchase the mama and baba shirts - I love them!




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