It has been a whole four years since they put that little girl sitting second from the left in our arms.
In adoption world, they call that day “Gotcha Day.”
It was November 29th, 2008 when we left Atlanta airport in route to China.
We flew into Beijing and spent a few days seeing some of the city.
It gave us a chance to get over jet-lag and get acclimated to a new time zone.
Looking back, I’m glad for those few days, but at the time, I hated that it was part of the requirements.
Finally, our travel group, which consisted of four other families, boarded a small plane together.
We were on our way to meet our daughters.
We landed in fuzhou, which is in the fujian province in Southern China, along the coast.
We immediately went to our hotel, and as we went upstairs, we saw several babies in a lobby.
Andy and I nearly bumped into an older lady holding a baby as we rounded a corner.
At the moment, we had no idea if she was our daughter or one of many at the hotel.
The only pictures that we’d received of Lydia were of when she was around 6 months old.
By this time, she would be nearly ll months old.
When I touched her tiny little hand, she smiled and hugged in closer to the lady who was holding her.
The lady didn’t know English, and we didn’t know Chinese, so we did what we knew to do.
We smiled a lot and cooed at the baby.
A little while later, we all joined in a room together, and I have to tell you, we were anxious.
Two years of waiting all unwrapped in this moment.
It was no surprise at all when they called our names out, that the little girl we’d met earlier,
was our Lydia Grace.
None of us can imagine our lives without her.
She came in and softened us in places we didn’t know needed softening.
Future interested boys….good luck.
She has a daddy and two older brothers who are pretty much ruining her.
Every single “Gotcha Day” we have to pull out this picture and take it in. These were the girls in our travel group, and this is the famous red sofa at the White Swan Hotel. After leaving Fuzhou, we flew to Guangzhou, China to complete our paperwork before heading home.