Anna's Adoption

We adopted our daughter in August 2005. Take a peek at the process!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Medical Exam

We had three stations to visit. This was the one where they did her temperature, height, and weight.
Here they did an "overall" general exam. They measured her head, listened to her heart and lungs, and did an all over peek at her skin.
The last station was hearing which we did not her a photo of. They made a few loud noises next to each of her ears and noted when she turned her head. As you can see from the photo, it was very busy and crowded the day of our exam. I wish we had brought more snacks and drinks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Lake across from the SWI
Market in Guigang
Entrance to the SWI
Baby Room

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Gotcha Day

Before we got our babies, we had to complete, certify, verify, etc all sorts of paperwork. You make things official with a red thumbprint seal.
It's rather sureal walking into your hotel room and seeing a crib. It finally hits home that you are going to be bringing home your baby!
Our friends, the Aberles, were the first family to receive their daughter, Greta.
Here is my baby! Poor Anna was so tired. All of the babies were wearing matching outfits and were very clean and healthy. We could not have asked for more!
We had a LID of 11/26 and our Gotcha Day was 8/22/05.
You are given "temporary custody" of your child for the first night. You will return the next to confirm that you still desire to adopt your child. This gave us another opportunity to meet the orphanage workers and ask questions. They gave each family a special gift, photos of the girls and a wall hanging. Sealing our adoption confirmation with a red footprint!
We also visited Cival Affairs the next day where we promised to love, never abandon, and provide an education for Anna.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Anna's Referral Photos

We received Anna's referral on June 24, 2005. We have a daughter! We waited to see her face until the next day when the FedEx man delivered our referral packet from AWAA. Thanks goodness for Saturday delivery!
Go David! Go! David beat me to the FedEx truck!

Here she is! Jiang Xiao Lei! She was living in the Guigang Social Welfare Institute in Guangxi, China.