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WE FINALLY HAVE REAGAN!!!!

Reagan Day 8

We arrived in Chansha last night at 6:30pm and met our guide Susan at the airport. She and the driver escorted us to the Huatian Hotel and we were all checked in and settled by 8pm. When susan left us she told us to get some rest and she would be back to pick us up at 10am to go to the Civil Affairs office to meet Reagan.

We were down in the lobby by 10am nervously waiting for Susan to arrive. Sure enough her smiling face came through the front doors and after she greeted us and double checked all my paperwork, we were on our way to get Reagan.

The day did not exactly go according to plan, but we have our girl and she is healthy and beautiful……and that is all that matters! The day was simply amazing on so many levels.

I am going to try to keep it short, because I know you are all dying to see the photos……and many of you have stayed up way past your bedtime in hopes to catch the first glimpse of Reagan WenYi.

We arrived at 10:30am and as soon as we got there we were told that Reagan was not there yet…… Our guide Susan was notified that Reagan was was traveling by high speed train with her Nanny by and they were still en route.

We had found a spot in the office to start our paperwork in the meantime and then Marla said that maybe we should try to move to a different spot in the office….. we needed better light for the photos. So we had just sat down when we noticed a baby sitting in the corner with her nanny….. Marla was already taking photos of this little girl because she was so cute and so at peace. Then all of a sudden Marla shoots me a look and both the guide and I look up from our paperwork…….

IT WAS REAGAN!!! She had her two fingers in her mouth just like the one photo I posted a few weeks back.

We were not prepared….. we didn’t have the video camera out or anything because we were told they were going to be late.

But as you can see….. Miss Marla went to town with the camera!

Here are a “few” from this morning!!!!

Reagan Day 2

Reagan Day 3

Reagan Day 4

Reagan Day 9

Reagan Day 10

Reagan Day 11

Reagan Day 5

Reagan Day 13

Reagan Day 12

Reagan Day 1

Reagan Day 7

Reagan Day 6

Reagan is doing really well. She did not cry very much in the beginning….. just a little. I am not sure if she ever seen anyone with blonde hair…. or glasses:) We definitely scared her a bit.

She is very tiny…. the 6-12 month clothes seem to be a little roomy, although she does have a few rolls on her thighs:)

She has a gorgeous head of hair and very expressive eyes….she has shot us those furrowed brows that we saw in her referral photos many times today and a we have caught just a hint of a smile.

For someone so tiny, she sure is mighty girl…. she stood up trying to look out the car window on the way back to the hotel. She loves to look around and seems to be intrigued by all her new surroungings.

Overall…… we are doing very well. As I type this sweeet baby Reagan is sleeping in her crib. What an angel….. I get choked up just looking at her.

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. I can’t tell you how much it means to our family.

Also I need to thank Marla, Derek, and the 4 J’s. Words cannot describe the gratitude we feel towards their family…… Having Marla with me every step of the way has been incredible……. It has given both Pat and I such a sense of peace. She is a remarkable woman, friend, and photographer(just look at those pictures). I could never have done it without her…..and we will forever share a special bond. She will always be Reagan’s Auntie Marla and one of my very best friends.

Okay…. I will update you with more details later today!!! Off to try to get a snack while my hands are free. My thoughts are all over the place and so are my emotions. I want to write something more eloquent when I have the time to really sit and write.

Pat, Nick, and Sarah….. I love and miss you all and cannot wait for you to meet your beautiful new Sister/Daughter!

PS. I had no idea that our guide Susan was going to be wearing the same color pink…..or Reagan !! It was not planned…..just luck:)

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  • JoeV - She is gorgeous! So happy for you, it’s such a beautiful sight to see Reagan in your arms at last!
    Enjoy every minute of it!
    XOXO
    SJVReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Dear Lisa,I am following your blog for a while now and I could not wait to see those pictures. Congratulations, she is such a beautiful baby and I am sure she could not have asked for a better home.
    Greeting from Germany, VanessaReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Oh Lisa she is just beautiful!! She is finally in her Mama’s arms exactly where she belongs!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steffie B. - Oh Lisa….I am so happy for you….and that is the exact same room we received Sophia in….so tears for me all around….the pictures are fantastic…so, so happy for all of you! 😉

    Hugs,
    SteffieReplyCancel

  • Tezzie - Oh, wow…congratulations to you and your family! What a beautiful little girl who’s found her way into your hearts and home! Wishing you all the best for the future :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful moment with us <3ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Deputy - IM all teary eyed reading this. Congratulations. I know I will really cry when you post those off the plane photos of the rest of your family meeting their new little sister/daughter.

    CONGRATS!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - So happy you finally have her. We were in that very same room to get Clara Beth!!!!

    Such sweet pictures and such a beautiful girl!!

    Blessings,
    RobinReplyCancel

  • Love Letters To China - There are tears running down my face right now as I read and see those amazing photos of you and your daughter. I am so happy for you and your family.

    Hugs…
    GraceReplyCancel

  • Jo - Sweet sweet joy!

    So thrilled that you have your sweet baby girl in your arms ~ an answer to so many prayers sent your way by so many!

    The photos are simply amazing ~ thank you Marla.

    Enjoy every little snuggle ~
    JoReplyCancel

  • Debberoo - OMG Congratulations!!! Reagan is soooo sweet! !ts so overwhelming but she’s hanging in there!

    I’m getting goosebumps I remember that room soooo well! That is the Asst Director in orange and the other Nanny is also same one who traveled with the babies when we went. The little red bag with the name chop in, its all so familiar :)

    These photos are amazing!! Clearly you did send the memo out about wearing pink, I don’t believe your denial for one moment! 😉

    Sooooo, so happy for you, many congratulations and I’m so looking forward to seeing more photos as you and Reagan get to know each other.

    p.s Love the split pants!ReplyCancel

  • Kam - You were first on my mind this morning when the alarm went off at 6:10…

    So surreal to see your daughter on your hip! The faithfulness of God and the dreams of a family all melt into one moment. Beautiful, my friend.

    Sending you continued prayers and hugs from way over here! :)ReplyCancel

  • paige - i can hardly believe it finally happened!!!! what an honor to see answered prayers come to fruition.
    lisa….she is the cutest thing. i love the two fingers!!!
    i love that ya’ll were matching!!
    i can’t wait to watch her grow & blossom in your love
    what a wonderful mommy you are
    xoReplyCancel

  • Denise - What a wonderful story of such an important day! And the pictures are beautiful! I am so happy for you Lisa, the Long Road to China is finally complete! I love the way she sucks on those fingers…hugs to all of you~ReplyCancel

  • Special K - Wow! She’s really here! Finally! You look so happy. Tears of joy for you this morning. Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Jonni - Lisa,

    She is so beautiful and could she be any cuter sucking on those little adorable fingers? So happy to see her in your arms finally. Marla’s pictures are fantastic and I hope you get some good rest because tomorrow is your first full day with your girl. Okay I have to go cry now. Thank you for sharing your special first moments with us.

    Hugs,
    JonniReplyCancel

  • Jonni - Congrats to Pat too! Sorry, I meant to write his name above as well.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Congratulations!!!
    Aw LIsa….She is gorgeous!!
    I’m sooooo happy she is finally in her mommy’s arms. I love how you already have the hair accessories on her! LOL!! She truly is absolutely beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - I Love to see your Beautiful Baby Girl in your arms Lisa. She fits so awesome in your arms too. Can’t wait to see what the days unfold, as she begins to blossom.
    By far the best blog and pictures of any blog I have ever seen who has traveled. Marla captured it beautifully. We are all going to be tuned in and ready for some awesome updates on Miss Cutie Reagan!!!!
    Love you girlsReplyCancel

  • Michelle@BornInOurHearts - Hallelujah, Praise the LORD!!! Reagan is with her Mommy!!! She is so adorable. Her sucking her tiny two fingers is so cute!! Thanks to Marla for all the fabulous pictures of your first moments together. I am in love with the shot of her looking over your shoulder. SO CUTE!!! And the pink theme – lovin’ that, too! CONGRATULATIONS, Lisa!!! You have traveled a long journey to get here, which will soon be forgotten as you fill those thoughts with sweet memories with your girl. Hugs to you, my friend!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodee Leader - OH MY WORD! She is absolutely adorable! Happy Happy Gotcha Day! I can’t wait for the next update! What a sweet blessing she is!ReplyCancel

  • Faith Hope Love Photography - Oh my goodness she is gorgeous and so perfect!! Marla sure did capture it perfectly and I bet you were utterly shocked to be that surprised. Hope things continue to go well for you “3” and for a wonderful rest of your journey! Lots of Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda - OH LISA………I’m speechless……………..you two look soooo beautiful together!!!!!!!!!! Happy Gotcha Day! What a perfect little doll Reagan is. I’m so happy for you!!!!

    How well I remember that room. I’m flooded with memories. Enjoy every moment of this amazing event.

    xoxoxoxooox
    WandaReplyCancel

  • Sharon Ankerich - What a beautiful day! Mom! Baby Reagan! and post!!! God has truly blessed your life and pray you will enjoy EVERY moment~ savor! So happy for you!!! And can’t wait for more!
    Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • day by day - Yippee!!!! Congratulations, Mommy to 3!!! She is soooo precious!! Glad to hear that everything went smoothly yesterday…a day you will never forget!!

    Love all the pics and love all the pink!! : )

    Praying for you and your sweet girl!ReplyCancel

  • Keisha - She is Beautiful Lisa!!!!!! So happy for you!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!
    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leovi - Muchas felicidades!ReplyCancel

  • elliotts - I couldn’t wait to get up this morning to see your post!! Last night, my husband and I layed in bed talking about your special day….and it was so emotional thinking that one day we will be walking the same path. Our consulate papers arrive today from Fed Ex and we will send everything off to our agency tomorrow. Reagan is beautiful!!!!! Enjoy your time with her.

    Hugs,
    Diane
    xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Laurie - I am so happy for you! I must’ve checked your blog 200 times yesterday. Reagan is perfect!
    Hugs~ReplyCancel

  • Life with JJ, Starr and Spice - Lisa and family, huge congratulations! Your precious baby is so beautiful. Enjoy this bonding time away from the craziness of your normal schedule. It goes way too quickly.

    Hugs
    LoriReplyCancel

  • Ellie - Lisa,

    I’m all choked up looking at these gorgeous photos that are precious beyond measure. What an amazing miracle – your Reagan is YOUR Reagan.

    Sending hugs & prayers!

    xo ellie

    ps we didn’t get video either as they told us Tia would be later too.ReplyCancel

  • redmaryjanes - She is just beautiful! Congratulations my friend. You have waited so long for your precious girl. You two look perfect together.ReplyCancel

  • Football and Fried Rice - What a happy PINK day!!

    Reagan is beautiful, Lisa – and so fearfully & wonderfully made! She has such soulful eyes and I am sure, such a story to tell as you get to know her. You are blessed beyond words with another daughter, another child…

    I am so happy for you! Enjoy this time getting to know this baby girl born in your heart!

    Hugs,
    SaraReplyCancel

  • Bridget - What a great way to start my morning-seeing you with your beautiful Reagan!! I am so happy things went well. I know what a whirlwind it probably was but to finally have your sweet girl in your arms is amazing!! She is just beautiful! You all look so pretty in pink!! Hope you get some rest tonight. Enjoy your sweet little girl!! Thanks for sharing! Great pictures by the way:)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh my gosh! She is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Congratulations! I totally remember being in that room! I will never forget! We did the same thing – took pictures of our daughter before we knew it was her! I also wore the same pink that our daughter had on! How funny! What fabulous pictures. Your friend did a beautiful job. What an amazing day. I saw the picture of you filling out paperwork holding Reagan – how did you manage to sign anything!! I f it had been me I could have signed my soul away and would have had no idea of anything I was doing. The whole day was so surreal! So happy to hear that Reagan is healthy and doing well! Congratulations!

    Katie (adopted from Hunan in 07)ReplyCancel

  • carolinagirl - OMG LISA…nothing but joyful tears here! Reagan is simply amazing! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Oh Lisa, she’s the most beautiful baby girl!!! What a precious angel.
    Those eyes, and her hair. :) I love how she sucks her two fingers.

    What a gift Marla has given to you with these pictures, her friendship and company to China.

    And finally Congratulations to you, Pat, Nick and Sarah! Enjoy this magical time getting to know Reagan. I can’t wait to see how your little flower blossoms in the next week or so.

    xoxoxo

    GailReplyCancel

  • Maryvel Friesen - What a wonderful, exciting day! and this is only the beginning! Looking forward to many more wonderful post! Lovely pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Congrats you, Pat, Nick and Sarah!!!

    I stayed up as late as I could and I am wishing I would have waiting a few minutes longer. What fabulous pictures Marla captured of your first meeting of Miss Reagan! Olivia feel asleep and woke up about 2:15/2:30 to get a drink and had to check and see if there were any pictures. She looked at the pictures with me and said awwww….. she’s cute! She likes the one of her scrunching her nose and I must admit so do I.

    I am so glad you have Reagan and that Marla is with you. I can’t imagine you taking this trip alone. Marla and Derek are awesome people!

    Can’t wait to check in later to see more pictures!

    Love ya!!

    Becky and OliviaReplyCancel

  • Life with Kaishon - Oh Lisa! I am crying so hard. She is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy you finally have your baby girl. I can’t wait for Nick and Sarah to meet their sister! And Pat to meet his daughter. I am thrilled that she gets to be a part of your family.

    Sending love. BeckyReplyCancel

  • Jboo - Oh my — congrats to you and your family! What a beautiful sweet baby girl!! Maddy was sucking on two fingers too when we met her! She is simply gorgeous! How wonderful to have Marla with you and so sweet that you were all in pink! Enjoy this time together getting to know your baby girl!

    JanetReplyCancel

  • Melis - I don’t even have words! Just huge smiles and lots of tears! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Congratulations, Lisa (and the whole family back home!)

    I checked the blogs and Facebook before going to bed last night and there was nothing so I got up at 5:45 AM to check again and was so thrilled to see all the wonderful and heartwarming photos of the Reagan and her thrilled Mommy. I couldn’t be happier! Gosh, it almost felt like it was MY gotcha day!

    I hope jetlag isn’t wearing you guys down too badly. And I hope Reagan continues to adjust smoothly to her new life. Lucky baby and lucky parents! What a perfect match! And don’t you just love Reagan’s face when it’s all scrunched up! What a precious child!

    Hugs to all three of you!

    Donna
    Our Blog: Double Happiness!ReplyCancel

  • Freckles & Dimples Photography - Lisa,
    Congratulations! she is beautiful, and I agree, she has very expressive eyes. You are beaming in the photos, and your little Reagan, with her fingers in her mouth, couldnt be any cuter. I hope your bonding process goes smoothly. These photos are priceless :)
    MindyReplyCancel

  • Kayce - This was the first place I went to this morning when I awoke and OH the tears of joy I’ve got running down my face! Congratulations Pat, Lisa, Nick, Sarah and Auntie Marla too! May the days ahead be filled with many blessings! Enjoy all that is to come in this incredible journey.ReplyCancel

  • Tisha - Congratulations to you and your entire family! What a beautiful daughter and a beautiful mother on a beautiful day that will begin a beautiful new life together!

    Blessings,
    TishaReplyCancel

  • Dita - Once again, Lisa, you have realized yet another dream. This road has been a long one, indeed, and you have handled every mile of it with grace and strength…especially on the days that you thought there may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    And today, you crossed the finish line on the Long Road to China as you hold Reagan in your arms…the most incredible treasure imaginable.

    May every day forward be as wonderful as this day and may your family be blessed with love, health and happiness all the days of your lives.

    Congratulations to you, Pat, Nick and Sarah…and to you, Baby Reagan.

    Can’t wait to see you very soon!
    xoxoxoxox
    Dita

    P.S.
    Marla’s images are beyond amazing…perfection in every one…I have stared at each one over and over again and with her incredible gift, I feel like I was right there with you.
    Marla: Your selflessless and overflowing generosity in traveling to China to usher Lisa through is completely overwhelming. You are the epitome of what true friendship is. xoxoxo DitaReplyCancel

  • Donna -N- Andrew - Congratulations! She is to cute!!
    DonnaReplyCancel

  • Terri - Wahoooooooo!!! She’s gorgeous, the pictures are gorgeous and life is good!!!!

    Congratulations LIsa! There are no words to tell you how happy I am for you and your family!!!!

    (I noticed the pink right away! lol )ReplyCancel

  • Dita - Did I mention that I could EAT Reagan up? She is absolutely STUNNING!

    YUMMY!

    xoxoxo
    Dita (and the Darlings)ReplyCancel

  • Cora - oh Reagan is Precious! I am so happy to see you have her. What a wonderful day, I can’t wait to be in your shoes! Take care and get rest when you can!
    CoraReplyCancel

  • Michele - Congratulations!! She is beautiful. I am so happy for you all.

    MicheleReplyCancel

  • Mei Mei s and Mayhem - She is so beautiful!!! Love how she sucks on her two little fingers!! What an amazing day!! You look great too and not like you have been up for days!!! :-)

    Outstanding pictures from Marla, great job!!!!

    Cant wait to meet you girls in Guangzhou in one week!!! My nerves have really kicked into high gear and Im really freaking out now!!! ha

    Have a great week together!! See ya soon.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - I love this post!!! (and all the photos!)

    CONGRATS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cori - Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL baby girl!!ReplyCancel

  • DiJo - Lisa, last night I was watching my Hunan girl sleeping and praying for all three of you…. I know what that feeling is like as you step off that elevator into that very office… It is such an amazing time in your life. Today you were handed your tiny blessing! The child that God chose just for you. She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations! And Marla… We have never met but my respect for you is beyond words. Your pictures are truly gorgeous! You have given Lisa an amazing gift! I will now focus my prayers on the your road home! Love, Diana

    PS: the pink looked amazing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley - Congratulations!! Your daughter is beautiful!! I get chills seeing her in your arms…That will be us one week from today! Enjoy every second with your daughter!ReplyCancel

  • Norah - Congratulations! OMGoodness, that scrunched up face she is making in those 2 photos is the most perfect crying face I have ever seen! She is beautiful ! ENJOY every second of her!ReplyCancel

  • The 5 Bickies - My tears have left a puddle in my morning coffee! What a moment…your daughter is beautiful and Marla did such a great job capturing the beginning of your new life together. Enjoy all those sweet first moments. Safe travels!ReplyCancel

  • Briana's Mom - Oh Lisa! She is simply breathtaking! I am over the moon with happiness for you!

    These shots are amazing. Absolute treasures. Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - Lisa, She is absolutely perfect!! Love the fingers in the mouth!! Love that scrunchy face she makes!! Love the fabulous photos!! Love the pink!!
    I’m so happy for you!! Enjoy every minute!!ReplyCancel

  • Faith, Hope, and Love - A blessed day indeed! Congratulations!!! Reagan is beautiful and so is her glowing mama. :) I can not believe everyone was wearing the same gorgeous shade including Reagan. Marla did an amazing job capturing your special day. Such a blessing she is with you to guide and document your magical journey.

    Love and blessings,
    RobinReplyCancel

  • Maggie - Congratulations to you all!ReplyCancel

  • Leah and Maya - wow just amazing, and amazing photo’s.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - Congrats Lisa, Pat, Nick and Sarah on your new daughter and sister. There is nothing more special than a new life. I know Reagan will fill your home with happiness and love. I can already hear the giggles of two little sisters now. Reagan is such a beautiful baby girl and I am so happy she is FINALLY in your arms and you have reached the end of that long road.
    Enjoy every moment with your girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - The very first thing I did when I woke up this morning was log onto your blog! Oh my gosh, she is such a doll! I am so happy for you all. I love how she soothes herself by sucking on her two fingers. I can’t wait to continue the journey! Love ya Lisa and so happy for you and your family! You have so much to look foward to! : )ReplyCancel

  • Pix-Ology - Lisa,
    She is absolutely precious! I love the last picture of her with her fingers in her mouth. She looks so at peace! Congratulations and welcome to the mommy of 3 club! Can’t wait to meet her!
    xoxo,
    JanetReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - I am new to you blog and this brought me to tears this morning. Congratulations and the pictures are great. God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • Formerly known as Frau - Congrats! Omg…..she is beautiful! I love the pictures of you holding her bought tears to my eyes to see her finally with her mom! So happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Lisa,

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Reagan is just absolutely beautiful! The pictures are just perfect! I had tears in my eyes and goosebumps reading your post!! Your “Long Road to China” is now complete!!

    Hugs,

    DawnReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - Oh, Lisa!!!! I am so very, very HAPPY for your & your entire family!!! Reagan is beautiful, you are both beautiful together!!! My eyes welled up with HAPPY tears for you all as I looked at these photos!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I said a prayer for you all & thought also how very, very blessed you are to have such a wonderful friend in Marla…she will always be connected to your family! :)

    Now, ENJOY the rest of your trip & soak it all in!!!
    HUGS, my friend!!
    PatriciaReplyCancel

  • June - Lisa,
    What a happy day! Gorgeous child, love the pink color story : )
    I recognized those Changsha benches immed. Thought your guide was the same woman who helped us, though the name differs, resemblance strong.
    can’t wait to see all your photos,long time you have waited, and now, she’s yours.
    Congrats!
    June and Mary(YiYang, Hunan, 2006)ReplyCancel

  • snekcip - Oh I couldn’t wait to see your update!! SHE IS GORGEOUS!!! Marla did a fantastic job in capturing such a beautiful moment!!Blessings from Texas!ReplyCancel

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  • Sharie - Hope Miss Reagan’s transition continues to go well. Love her little scrunched up nose – happy she’s not afraid to tell you how she feels:)ReplyCancel

  • Naenay1012 - Praying for safe travels and Reagan’s transition. Lovely girl!ReplyCancel

  • the greek chinese connection - Wow…what an amazing moment and captured so beautifully.

    Your little girl is so beautiful and she is finally in the arms of true love…forever.

    I met both of my sweet girls in that same room in Changsha…a room that I will never forget.

    Thank-you for sharing and for bringing me back.

    I am so happy for you and your family.

    Enjoy every moment!!!

    HelenReplyCancel

  • Marla - Congrats! These pictures are so amazing and will be such a blessing to have when she gets older.

    Tears are coming to my eyes. I may be stranger from Oklahoma, but I am so happy for you guys. :)

    Marla @ http://www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Kim - The photos got a little blurry towards the end, but that’s because I was looking at them through tears! I don’t know you in real life, but I am soooooooooooooo happy for you and seeing the photos of you and Reagan really made me cry! Congratulations, I am so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Ohhh Lisa she is just so lovely!!!!! Her expressions remind me so much of Faith’s on our first days together. I am just so so happy for you and your family!!!! The long wait was perfect timing bringing you together!! Such a blessing!!!!ReplyCancel

  • ww - Congratulations! Love these amazing photos – Reagan is beautiful! Blessings, WendyReplyCancel

  • Tammie T. - Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this precious moment with all of us. Reagan is a beautiful child and I wish your family much happiness. I will pray for a smooth transition for all of you.
    The photos are absolutely amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Lisa, Pat, Nick, Sarah and Reagan, I’m so happy for all of you.
    I checked last night, then this morning before work, then this evening when I got home.
    And I wanted to write the perfect comment that would be eloquent and would express everything that I feel.
    So I went away and came back, three times, having wiped away my tears of joy.
    And still I can’t get the words to express how wonderful this is. You have waited, Reagan has waited, and now all is as it should be (well, almost. It will be complete when she arrives home).
    So CONGRATULATIONS and LOVE and WELL DONE to you all!
    This is a most wonderful day.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Marla- your photos are precious, beautiful. You’re a true friend to walk this journey with Lisa. Thanks.

    P.S. i wouldn’t worry about not having the video camera, cos obviously this is how it was meant to be. Maybe that would have been too much for sweet little Reagan. But those precious photos, oh they are to be treasured.

    A perfect day!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Knew I’d forget something!
    Those two fingers in the little mouth…I’ve never seen that before, and it’s just ADORABLE!
    Sweet, Adorable, Reagan…welcome home!ReplyCancel

  • The Sanders Family - What else can I say that hasn’t already been said. Congratulations. And thank you so much for sharing this amazing journey with all of us out here in blog world. We are blessed to see this beautiful little girl find her forever home. She’s a doll, and you both look right at home with one another. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • JinXiu - Lisa. I can not express how happy I am for you and your family. What a wonderful blessing. For. All of you. Reagan is georgous and your pictures tell a story of a wonderful reunion. I can’t wait to come back every day to. Follow your journey.ReplyCancel

  • debbie - Congratulations to you all! You both appear to be so at peace and serene…as if you have always had each other! But I guess, in a way, you always did!!
    Savour every moment of this special time and look after each other until you get home to the rest of your family.. Deborah Nicholson Scotland UKReplyCancel

  • Lisa and Tate - She is soooo gorgeous! Congrats on your new amazing daughter.

    LisaReplyCancel

  • Virginia - I’ve got goosebumps! Bless her little heart, she is simply beautiful. I’m sure that worried little look will be replaced with smiles in no time. Just wait til you get the first belly laugh, those are the best! She is so sweet with those little fingers in her mouth. Congratulations and big hugs!ReplyCancel

  • 3 Peanuts - Oh Lisa…she is beautiful and these photos ARE GORGEOUS! Marla was so smart to move to better light…needless to say…you are lucky to have her with you for that kind of stuff too. Her photos are priceless. You could just focus on this beautiful moment and she could focus on capturing it for you:)

    I cannot wait to read all about your emotions and feelings and Miss Reagan’s personality. Your life will never be the same. God (and Reagan) will forever bless it in a way that is different than before.. I cannot wait to see the love your whole family has for her unfold. Congratulations Lisa! Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us.

    Love,
    KimReplyCancel

  • M.D. - Congrats to you Lisa and your family. I just found your blog today! What a long, long wait you had. I wish your family much love and happiness! She is precious.ReplyCancel

  • CM - Oh what a sweetie!!! Congrats, I’m so happy for you and your new family.ReplyCancel

  • M3 - Oh my word!!!! So exciting. So thrilling. A million congratulations to you.

    (I have to admit that I logged on thinking there would be a “We made it to China” update, and when I saw the post header I nearly died!!! Too funny.)ReplyCancel

  • wife.mom.nurse - JOY! JOY! JOY!

    I have chills!

    She is just so lovely.

    I have scrolled up and down looking at the two of you.

    Your long road (that God has blessed :) is coming to such a wonderful/amazing/delightful/fabulous…end!

    ~JulieReplyCancel

  • fleur de lis cottage - Oh happy day! She is absolutely gorgeous. I thought she might be smaller. How wonderful for Marla to be there with you.

    Reagan is just precious!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson and Ford - You are all so beautiful, gorgeous photos! You are a great Mom, enjoy your time together in China, hug and snuggle and carry her everywhere! She’s all yours! Congrats!

    Alyzabeth’s MommyReplyCancel

  • Bridget - Congratulations on your little one! I’m so excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Finally she is in your arms..
    love you my friend..
    COngratulations..
    hugz..ReplyCancel

  • Debz - Congrats!!!! I’m so thrilled for you!!! She is so sweet! The pics are beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Can’t wait to see a family picture when you get home!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Oh Lisa!!Words cannot express the joy I feel for you, seeing you holding Regan in your arms!!! My heart lept at the very first pic as it was almost one year ago that Hannah was placed in my arms in that very room. Breathtaking! SO happy for you!

    Fot other reasons I too missed getting the transition moment on film and it’s ok to grieve that loss as I admit I still do for moments some days but all that is quickly washed away when you see the pictures that you were able to capture and even more so gaze into your daughter’s eyes! Regan is here!!! CONGRATULATUINS!!!!

    Continuing to pray for all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - I cannot believe this day has come. I have been following your blog ow for quite some time, and I am so glad I stuck with it. Reagan is beautiful and her eyes are gorgeous. I cannot wait to see and hear more about your sweet baby girl.

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  • Kathryn - Reagan is such a precious angel! Finally in her mama’s arms…
    Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Sophia's Mama and Baba - I am sitting here in my dinning room reading your blog with tears in my eyes. We leave tomorrow afternoon to start the journey for our second daughter. Reading your post and viewing the beautiful pictures of you and your daughter brought me to tears. Happy, Joyous tears for your family and for the anticipation of what is to come for mine. Congratulations she is beautiful..ReplyCancel

  • Diana - She is beautiful..congratulations to all of you:)ReplyCancel

  • Barbarann - Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful!! So happy to be able to follow along on your journey!!! the pictures are incredible!!!
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  • Bailey - Wow!!! She is so gorgeous, and the photos of her a just beautiful. Congratulations on finally holding your baby girl. This is a moment you will remember for the rest of your life with such fondness. I still get very choked up when I think of the day DD#1 was placed in my arms almost 4 years ago (on my birthday no less!). So very special. Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - That room has been witness to so much joy and the uniting of families coming full circle, if those walls could talk…the only language they would speak is one of love, dedication and belief in a plan developed by G*d and entrusted to each individual to accomplish on their own personal journey.

    I’m sure now with Reagan in your arms at last, it all makes sense. The wait was what it was as a means to bring you to your chosen child.

    She is so lovely and her journey has also been a long one but your roads finally connected as they were always meant to. Enjoy your first official day together in the physical world, but know you have been connected on another level all along. Somewhere, sometime ago your soul told her soul “I’ll meet you in China in October of 2010” and you were both right on time.

    Blessings are already surrounding you, enjoy your time together at the meeting place and have a safe trip home.

    With a full heart my thoughts are with you, your beautiful daughter and wonderful friend, Marla.

    Love ValerieReplyCancel

  • Casey - CONGRATS!!!!! She is a doll!! What a sweetheart… She just looks so at peace all ready. I’m so so so glad she is in your arms!!

    And Marla- girl those pics are FAB!!!ReplyCancel

  • EllieNat - Finally with her Forever Mom!

    So happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Raymonde - Oh wow wow wow, she is beautiful. I am so happy for your guys. Congratulations you have a new baby girl.

    Safe journey back. Take care. xxxReplyCancel

  • realmom - Oh my! I am new to your blog. I popped over from Ni Hao Y’all. I am so touched reading your story and seeing the photos. It is so much like our story of meeting our second daughter. So sweet, so sad. Your Reagan has her two fingers to comfort her and our Tessa had to be holding something in her hand…always. She still does often. She is almost eleven. We got our first smile after five days. I wear a charm with the picture of that first smile around my neck along with a favorite picture of her sister Grace (now almost 14). Enjoy every minute with your beautiful daughter.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - So very beautifulReplyCancel

  • Faye - Lisa,
    I just got chills… when we adopted Camille FIVE years ago… we were in that very SAME room… (I know, all adoptions in Changsha probably take place there) but it still gave me chills to see your photos… I was transported back… those seats, the walls, that same square clock… thank you for sharing! Reagan is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Oh how I love this! Your photos are wonderful, I feel like I could be in the room with you! Reagan is gorgeous and I just LOVE how she sucks those fingers…reminds me of Mags sucking her thumb…oh the comfort! Your mentioning of not sucking down the bottles reminds me of Magnolia too, she never ever took to bottles again, even when we got back to the states… she did love the steamed eggs, yogurt, and soups when we were in China. Each day will get easier and soon you will see a smile and then you’ll get that belly laugh, pure joy! Enjoy your precious time over there, I’m thinking of you!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Hi Lisa,
    I brought my gorgeous daughter Georgia Xi Yuan home from Changsha (she had been at the Chenzhou SWI) almost 2 years ago and she is the most amazingly beautiful, happy, and well-adjusted little girl in the world. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your amazing photos, especially the ones of the orphanage! If you want to be in touch with any other moms of spicy Hunan girls, feel free to contact me!

    Best,
    CandiceReplyCancel

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