After China Camp, we had our annual reunion of the YJ girls. The first time we went to China, we traveled with seven other families. All eight of our daughters were born in the coastal city of Yangjiang, seven of them within a month of each other. All eight girls had spent all of their short lives together in the orphanage. And all eight joined their families within minutes of one another in a cramped Civil Affairs "delivery room". That experiece connected these eight families together in ways that are hard to explain. Since we live scattered across three states, we only see each other once a year. But when we do meet, it's as if we never left the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou. These people are family. And we love spending time together. This year, six of the families gathered.
At our reunion there was lots of hugging and laughter. And lots of talking. We looked at pictures.