Tuesday, March 12, 2013

China trip Post 4 - Gotcha day!

At 2pm on Monday the 11th, we headed to the Civil Affairs Building. When we walked into the upstairs adoption office we finally met our daughter - she was waiting there with three officials from her orphanage. Since she never resided in the orphanage, these officials had picked her up at her foster home that morning and driven her the two hours to meet us in Wuhan. What a brave little girl on a very difficult day for her.

The first day could not have gone any better. Truly. She is tiny and adorable. At first she was shy and was a bit resistant when it came time to leave with us, but smiley and sweet and playful and happy for almost the entire day.

So without further blabbing on, let me introduce you to our new daughter -

Amelia Xiaoting Snell

Enjoy the photos of our first day together (I had to wait until the finalization paperwork today til I could post these!). So sorry that there are some duplicate photos, a few out of order, and photos are too big for the borders. I am working with several cameras, spotty Internet, a so-so blogging app, and an ipad to blog with - it doesn't allow for anything too fancy!


turtlemama said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful. Hope everything continues to go smoothly.

Susan Kyner said...

Oh Julie...no words. :)

Sandy Muraca said...

Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! (a thousand more clap claps!)
I read your post with tears of joy. What a glorious day for all of you.

much love,

Jennifer Clifton said...

Dear, Dear Julie, What a very blessed new daughter you have, to be loved & wanted by the Snell Family!!! To Think about all that has led up to this big day, all you all have gone through, and the miles you all have traveled to at last be able to see and hold your little girl, must just have been a glorious day!!! I too read your post with tears of joy for both Amelia Xiao Ting and your family!! The joy on her sweet little face is palpable and I just reveled in watching you become a mom again!!!! God is so very good, just so very good!!! I pray all continues to go well for all of you. I can't wait to meet her, she is so very cute and just precious!! Words fail me too. Reading your post and seeing these pictures, has simply filled my heart with joy and then some. Congratulations Mom, Dad, Amelia Xiao Ting, brothers, & sisters. I know Jamila & Kulate are so looking forward to meeting their new little sister! May God Abundantly Bless you & your whole family, keep each of you safe, & give all of you travel mercies! Love you, Jen

Anonymous said...

Kirsten Keyser said....oh my goodness! weeping a bit over here..how sweet and wonderful!!!!

Brooke said...

She is precious! Oh I am so happy for you guys!!! CONGRATS and enjoy the rest of your time in China!

likeschocolate said...

She is darling! I am so glad your first day with her went so well.

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