Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sweet Kate in China


















As you know, God put our sweet Kate in an amazing place, where her needs were met, she was loved, she was taught about Jesus, and she was prepared for a FAMILY! That amazing place where she lived was the Philip Hayden Foundation and she lived there for much of her life in China. We were blessed beyond belief to discover that fact about two months after reciving our sweet girl's referral. During our wait for her, we were able to get a ton of info, many pictures, etc. on our beautiful girl. By the time we were united with sweet Kate, we had over 100 pictures of her. That is absolutely amazing for any internationally adopted child. That just doesn't happen. But that's not all... Over the weekend, we received another special gift... a CD of over 200 pictures of our precious Kate. There were some we had seen, but there were a bunch that we had never seen. I remember how finding pictures of Kate affected me while we waited for her. I loved seeing them, yet they made me want to get her right THEN! And even though our sweet girl is with us now, I didn't enjoy these pictures any less. I am so glad we have these to show her at some point... to show her how loved she was even when she was considered an orphan. And although looking at some of the pictures make me sad (like one we have of her with chicken pox) I am so glad to see how HAPPY she looks in most of them! Oh what a smile these pictures bring to my face. I'm sad that we didn't get to experience these stages of her life, but so happy that we have been blessed with ways to see her grow even when we couldn't be there! So enjoy these handful of some of my favorite pictures of our sweet Kate that I haven't already posted!

8 comments:

Jeanette said...

What a blessing (and miracle)to have all of those pictures!!!

Jean said...

What a blessing to have so many pics of your sweet little girl! They are such treasures! She is adorable! You are an awesome big sister!!
Blessings,
Jean

Catherine said...

Wow!! What an amazing gift those beautiful pictures are!! Kate is such a pretty little girl and I love to see all the pictures of she and AC smiling and enjoying being sisters! You are an AMAZING sister Emily and your little sissies are truly blessed!

Amy Jo said...

Love that you got the pictures! I always have to smile about how God has worked thru all of our girls' "special needs" in so many miraculous ways!!! Keep shining, Emily, you reflect Jesus' love so beautifully!

Dawn said...

What a blessing to receive Kate's pictures! They are beautiful!

Glad you had a great spring break trip!

Dawn

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

A blessing indeed... not just for you as a family but for sweet Kate some day. She will have photos to share of her as a small child/infant. :0) so many don't have that. The only picture as an infant we have of Maddy is her finding ad. The next picture we have, she was about 12 months.
Your story of both your sweet sisters is witness to God's amazing blessings indeed!

Rachelle said...

Love that you got all the pics! We are adopting special need twin boys form China cleft lip/palate! We hope to get some new pics soon!

Lisa said...

What an amazing blessing to have so many pictures! And to know she was loved and happy is simply awesome! I'm praising God for how blessed Kate is by the history she has and for the great work being done at the Philip Hayden Foundation!