In 2005 our lives changed forever. My parents felt called to adopt a Little Girl from China. At the time we had no idea how long it would take to bring her home but through God's perfect Grace we would receive this precious blessing.
On August 21, 2005 we started the paperwork for our sweet Anna Grace. It usually takes 6 months or longer for paperwork and then 6 months for referral and travel! A baby in a year! We were SO excited! After only 2 months we had completed all of our paperwork and became DTC on October 20, 2005. We were so excited! My Mom zoomed through all of our paperwork but we soon realized that it would not be a year long wait...
After 2 years of waiting, tears, praying, and being skipped 3 times on May 1, 2007 we received the referral for our beautiful Anna Grace for the very first time. Her name was Xiu Fu Lai and she lived in Xiushan China. She was 7 months old and we were head over heels in love.
We left for China on June 29, 2007. What a wonderful day that was! We all could NOT contain our excitement! We were finally going to have our beautiful baby girl that we had waited and prayed SO long for!!! On July 2, 2007 in the Civil Affairs Office we met our Princess who would soon rule our hearts and worlds and teach us how to love in a whole new way!
We came home on July 13, 2007 to a welcome home party of over 100 people! God is SO good. We didn't know that bringing Anna Grace was just the beginning to God's work in our family. We would not grow by One but TWO!! (:"But even before I was born, God called me and chose me by his marvelous Grace" -Galatians 1:15