Sunday, July 11, 2010

YJ Girls


When we adopted Katherine 5 1/2 years ago, we traveled with 7 other families. All of our girls were from the same orphanage and 7 of the 8 were born within a month of one another. The trip bonded all of us in ways I had never imagined. These people were there when we became a family and we spent the first days as new parents together. It was an amazing time. We try to get together every year, usually at China Camp. I am always to happy to see our travel group friends. They feel like family. We always have a great time just talking and watching our girls. It's always hard to leave...

When we were in China, I looked around at all of those beautiful babies and hoped with all of my heart that at least some of them would remain in contact with us. I wanted Katherine to know her orphanage sisters. I can never give her information about her birth family, but I hoped that she could at least have friends among these girls who had been a part of her life since she was a newborn. After all, they had known each other long before they met us. Now, 5 1/2 years later, my dream has come true. All 8 families have stayed in contact. We all know that our girls have a special bond and we love that. Although we have reunions yearly, for one reason or another all 8 girls have not been together since our first summer home. Until last night.

Last night, we were all together again. And it was wonderful. There were lots of hugs and laughter. The girls posed for pictures and giggled and just hung out. We had dinner at a nice restaurant and then all of the kids ran through some outdoor fountains, dancing and screaming. And when I looked at all 8 of those beautiful faces, my heart overflowed. These are the Yangjiang sisters - Katherine, Jada, Hannah, Emily, Emma, Sophie, Brooke, and Kelsie. They are our miracles.

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