Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time ~Oswald Chambers

Monday, January 17, 2011

In a word...


God is.

She is.

My kids are.

My husband is.

Absolutely amazing.

When we arrived at the civil affairs office the room was already full of families that had just received their children. Our guide ushered us into an empty room where we needed to look over some documents.

A few minutes later she left and around the corner we caught a glimpse of that smile.

Lily was standing on the other side of a glass wall and I moved some of the blinds aside and there she was.

Connie, our guide, brought her around the corner into the room and she lit the place up with that smile of hers.

One of us had to finish going over the paperwork and since Daddy was utterly and completely smitten with her, that job then fell to me.

Seconds after she came into the room.  He wasn't going ANYWHERE.

Checking out her new doll.

She loves to draw and from what we've seen so far is a wonderful artist.

Writing her name for the girls.

Being silly with her hat.

Discovering that big brothers make excellent hurdles.

Making us all smile.

Michael being silly to try and get her to laugh.


She is amazing and today has simply left me speechless.


  1. You are so right Angela...amazing!
    still praying :)

  2. Wow- I am so excited for you. That smile of her continues to shine through. Congrats to all.

  3. Oh my word, her smile is absolutely breathtaking! What a blessing from the Lord!!

    I'm so excited for you!!

  4. Seeing this is the best start to my day!! I'm so excited!! HOORAY!!! I'm so glad you have her and that sweet smile is shining! Tears of joy!!!!! I love you and send my love to her! You all are amazing!

  5. I am crying tears of joy. She is beautiful. It's like her smile allows you a glimpse into her heart. We have prayed for this day, and seeing the bond b/w Lily and your family so quickly made is the goodness of our GOD. Praying that the rest of your time in China is as beautiful as today. WOW! God is so good!

  6. Congratulations that is wonderful. So glad she has her forever family now. What a blessed little girl.

  7. seriously amazing to see her with you all- finally!! her smile is heartwarming! you all together is beautiful!

    all i keep thinking is God ROCKS! ...rock on, God, rock on! :oD

    love the pictures! :o) take care!

  8. Oh she is such a delight!!! Blessings and prayers for you as spend time getting to know each other.

  9. She is adorable- her smile is contagious!

    Oh my she is delightful!!

    Blessings on your journey!

  10. So happy to see another LongGang girl find her forever home! Congratulations!!

    Mommy to Long Ji Xing since 8/23/10

  11. Oh Angela,

    I am so happy for all of you!

    Lily is adorably-cute! :) I love her smile...I could see why her daddy is smitten with her! :)

  12. This whole post gives me chills. So beautiful!

  13. Yay! At long last - together!!!! Our God is so Great!

  14. Congratulations! No doubt about it---she is amazing! What a precious girl.

  15. tears of joy to see your family the Lord has brought together!

  16. No doubt about it...that smile could light the city!! Amazing!!

  17. Oh that smiles just says, "JOY!" Congratulations on finally seeing her sweet face in person!!

  18. Oh my precious Lord! She is truly, as her Mommy so perfectly put it, AMAZING! What a strong, beautiful spirit. Look at the light in of Joy in those eyes. It's beyond breathtaking. And I might add Daddy is VERY happy too. You almost need sunglasses to look at that first picture it's so bursting with bright light of LOVE and JOY!

    sooooo happy and praying all continues to go sooo perfectly.

  19. Soo excited for all of you! What a wonderful first meeting!!! Can't wait to see that beautiful smile in person. We're already planning a party, by the way:)

  20. God is truly good. He has given another wonderful person to love and cherish as we knew of Him. What beautiful pictures and how blest we all are. I am to happy for you and us. It has made me cry. Lots of love. Mom
    P.S. I can't wait to give her a hug and see that sweet smile for myself.

  21. She is beautiful! Looks like she loves being a part of your family. I'm sure there will be ups and downs, though. Looking forward to hearing how she is doing. Blessings.

  22. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! So happy to see her beautiful smile with you all. May you all quickly bond, and may your time there be simply amazing--soak it all up. Cannot wait to see and read more.

  23. oh that smile! I've been praying for you all and will continue to do so!


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