WELCOME to our
adoption Web site. The primary purpose of this site
is to chronicle the process of adopting our daughters,
Sydney Grace YaQi and Emily
Faith LinHui. We hope this site will be a useful
resource for those who consider adopting international
children, especially from the People's Republic of China.
Chinese folklore says that
when a child is born, invisible red
threads extend from the child's spirit
and connect to all of the significant people who will
be part of the child's life. As the child grows, the
threads shorten, drawing closer those people who are
destined to be together.
(that's her on the masthead in the three left photos)
is our first adopted daughter from China. She was born
in December 2002, somewhere in Yongning County, Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region. Shortly after birth she entered
the Yongning Social Welfare Institute, which contains
a small orphanage for abandoned children. On January
5, 2004, we accepted Sydney as our daughter at a brief
ceremony with 16 other families at the Lottery Hotel
in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Province.
(that's her on the masthead in the three right photos)
will be our second adopted daughter from China. She
was born in December 2004, somewhere in Xiaonan District,
Hubei Province. Immediately after birth she entered
the supervision of the Xiaonan District Social Welfare
Institute in the city of Xiaogan, from which she was
then placed into foster care. On November 28, 2005, we accepted Emily as our daughter during a chaotic moment in the provincial office of adoption affairs in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei Province.