"To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven."
"The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write
every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that
way you would never do anything."
-John Irving, US novelist (1942 - )
This was Gotcha Day, March 3, 2002 in Changsha, Hunan, China. Shortly after our Gotcha Moment, my husband snapped this photo. It's one of my favorite pictures -- the first time I held my daughter, Katherine Rebecca Chang-Shun Reese, as she slept. Kate was 8.5 months old, the biggest baby of the bunch, with rosy red cheeks and two perfect bottom teeth. Our trip to China was a wonderful adventure 18 months in the making.
Why China? The tongue-in-cheek answer would be that we knew our daughter was there – but that begs the question of just how we knew our daughter was there.
It was after much research, many conversations with those who had adopted from China and a sure-enough miracle (at least I think it was a miracle) that we knew China was the right place for us.
The Chinese adoptive process is one of the most straightforward, least confusing paths to international adoption – of course, I could be biased. Yes, there are hoops to be jumped through, but so many have jumped through those same hoops that the process is streamlined. I highly recommend it.
If you are interested in adopting from China, check out the following links as a starting point.
Kate was the inspiration of my novel, THE BABY WAIT. Our adoption went quite smoothly, unlike my heroine's adoption. The novel, however, pulls from true-to-life experiences of adoptive parents. Thank God not all of these things happened to a single couple.
But my fertile, if devious, imagination kept whispering …
What if …?
What sort of woman would hang on? What sort of husband would be by her side? And how would it all work out?
Back to our adoption: it was, bar none, the smartest, best thing my husband and I ever did. Truly we are blessed with a wonderful daughter, who daily gifts us with her smile, her unique way of seeing the world … and her love.