Thursday, September 10, 2009


Every call has a beginning…
A quiet moment when God whispers a promise to a mother’s heart
A holy place where a father bows and faithfully accepts the journey
set before him.
A miraculous morning that unexpectedly dawns…
Casting its first light on a chosen threshold.
A gentle knock… a closed door opens.
A sacred invitation sent by the Father…
Leads to the other side of the world.

Where lonely hearts stare out orphanage windows
Praying for someone to care.

And then one morning…
On an ordinary day
An orphan’s life changes…
God sends them a second chance…

Through you

The one thing that my daughter's referral pictures all have in common..............they all have that haunting look to their faces.  In all three referral pictures there are no smiles.  And the eyes, what they say to me.  Urging me to come as fast as possible.

 We have this picture and a video.  The video has her best friend that is being adopted also so I cannot share it.  If I can somehow figure out a way to edit that so only Lily is shown, I will.  In the video they are telling her to count and sing.  She does it, but I don't think she understands what is going on.

Introducing our sweet Lily living in the Guangdong Province, China.  She is six years old.  Her birthday in June 5, 2003.  We  are working on a middle name and then she will also have the name the orphanage gave her for a middle name.  She is not attending school yet.  Here is the information we got in June.
Yang Xiao Huan eats everything. She has 4 meals a day, 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm. She likes to eat rice, congee, steamed bread, apple. She has very good appetite. She takes nap from 12 tp 2pm. Then sleeps from 9pm to 7am. She is a very pure, active and lovely girl. She can talk so much, sing songs, put clothes on, count numbers. Her mental development is very well. She doesn't go to the day care yet. She can walk, run and jump very well. She has many good friends. She enjoy playing with other children. Now she is 106cm, 16kg, 53cm chest, 17cm foot, full mouth teeth  That is 41.7 inches tall and weighing in at 35.2 pounds.  
We would love to be able to hire a tutor for her so that she would not be so far behind when she gets home.  She has always lived at the orphanage and have found her in a few pictures throughout the years.  Emma and Meilynn know that we are going to adopt a little girl older than them and that it will be a long time.  We have told them that we hope to travel to China before Meilynn's 5th birthday in May.  They relate most things involving time to birthdays and holidays. 

Yang Xiao Huan, referral picture, May 2009
Meilynn Grace Shiyue, referral picture, Feb. 2007

Emma Sophia Mingjing, referral picture,  May 2006



Cheri said...

She's adorable! Congratulations!


Pam said...

Congratulations! Lily is lovely and I know she will blossom and thrive in your loving family.


Mary McG in TN said...

She is so precious!!! I know that you all can not wait to put a smile on her face! Can she have the beautiful headboard for her bed? She more than deserves it!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Honey.
You are so special. we are waiting for you to come home. We will hold you in our heart while waiting for you.
Love Grandma and Grandpa

rgshrs said...

She's adorable Vicki! this brings tears to my eyes (but good ones) I know exactly what you mean about what the eyes are saying. Julia's referral picture was the same so serious, so sad. I know you will have Lily smiling soon! I so look forward to that picture!

Love the Disney and birthday pictures! I can't believe how long Emma and Meilynn's hair has gotten!! It seems like they have suddenly just grown up on us!

Wishing you all the best and congratulations on that PA! So glad we can see Lily now! :)


Mel said...

Lily is absolutely beautiful...and all of you are so blessed. Can't wait to follow your journey.

Annie said...

I knew it!!! When I found your blog I knew who your Lily was!!! We adopted our Lizzie through the same orphanage and agency!! Congrats!! She is beautiful!!!


Anonymous said...

Precious Lily!!!
I can't wait for you to come back with your parents to America. We are waiting to love on you and hug you and play with you and go to your Birthday parties...and to watch you grow up. You can come swim in my pool with your Mommy and your sisters, and play with the toys I have at my house for you. You are already in my heart and in my prayers every day sweet girl.
Friend Julie

Susan said...

Beautifully said and she's so beautiful! Praying you can bring her home soon!!!

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful. I wish you all the best of luck!


Natalie and Jake's Mama said...

Vicki! I am so very happy that your PA finally came. Now I pray that the TA and CA come at record speed! What a wondrous, beautiful gift. A new child! I can't wait to see more pictures and to see all your girls together!

Love and Hugs,

Bobby and Regina said...

She is beautiful, and I know you just can't wait! I, too, feel that God has only put a comma in our adoption journey! We have 2 little girls, and I feel in my heart there is a third waiting for us. I will pray for all things to move quickly, and for Lily to be home SOON!! Blessings, Regina