Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Faces of Children who wait no more...Celebrating Adoption Month

I wanted to do something very special to help celebrate Adoption Month. Afterall, over 2 yrs ago in November, we were just logged in to the CCAA and thought we would be waiting a very long time for our daughter. Once we decided to adopt a child with special needs our dream came true in a matter of a few months. Today we celebrate National Adoption month with our little Spicy girl from Hunan, who reminds us everyday just how rewarding the adoption process is.

There were many friends I made along this incredible journey that I am truly grateful for My dear friend Natalie, helped me deal with the long months ahead and always knew the right things to say. She even knew exactly what I needed to pack for the trip! Thank goodness or I would have missed our flight! She was there from the beginning and I followed along with her to adopt her second darling from China and in turn she was there for me as we went to adopt Kira.
We were also fortunate to meet many amazing families in our travel group. Jose and Yoli are an amazing couple with two special kids that are adorable. We were together in Guangzhou when they adopted their son Cael, a real cutie pie. And then there is my sweet friend Michelle, who got her referral around Christmas last year. What a surpirse! We've managed to comfort one another during the wait and together learn how to parent during the terrible two's.

So these are the most precious faces I have come to know and love as my own.

And certainly through the world of blogging I have met even more beautiful adoptive people and their children who agreed to let me share their children's photos on my site. I didn't post names, because at first this blog thing wouldn't cooperate. Then I realized why I wanted to portray them; for when you look into their eyes and when you see the huge smiles, you say to yourself, that's love, in it's purest form! The happiness of children who no longer wait for a forever family.


EllieNat said...

What a thoughtful post. I too love looking at the faces of these very sweet children. We are all blessed!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What beautiful children....all of them!!

Such a sweet post!


Yoli said...

That is the sweetest post. You are so dear to us Ivy. Can't wait to see you again in December.

Vivian M said...

Oh I recognize alot of those sweet faces! I didn't know you and Yoli met up in China, how cool! What a small world we live in, so many red threads.
Loved this post. Are you going to be in South Fla in December? We will be there the weekend of the
27th- it would be great to meet you all face to face!

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate adoption - with all these precious faces! I recognize a few of them. :)

Tiffany said...

Oh aren't they so beautiful and precious!!!!! What blessings they all are!!!

Thank you for a wonderful post!

A Beautiful Mess said...

Great post!!

And what beautiful, happy and loved children! I even recognize a few of these cutie pies!

Enjoy your massage. I am heading back to got some accupuncture this week....I really do think it helped me with my "stress". I am saving my massage for thanksgiving break.

Ladybugs And Daffodils said...

Beautiful Entry Ivy!

Eileen said...

Holy cow! What stunning photographs! Thanks for the sweet post.


Sharon said...

What an amazing post!! You phrased it so perfectly! The shots of those children!!! So, so CUTE!! Thank you.

Alyson and Ford said...

Beautiful children! You take great photos!

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Nine Weeks!

Billy and Maggie said...

Ivy, thank you for posting on my blog, Im so glad you did because it gave me the opportunity to come and visit yours. Your baby girl is precious! Also I see you come from what was our neck of the woods. We visit S. Jersey often, still have many friends and family there. I look forward to following your blog, I love photography though I'm not as good as you. Love the little girl pics. God bless them all!! Marking this on my favorites : )

My Heart Beats In China said...

Just want to thank my friends for allowing me to post these photos.

Every child is precious and a gift we all cherish. Adoption is the common thread that brought us all together!

We love you all

Ivy and Kira Bella

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