We're so glad you're here to share our adventure as we enter the homestretch of our long road to adopting Sarah. We hope that family and friends will enjoy the news and photos of our trip to China to bring home our little girl.
Warmly, Debi & Bob

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Here she is!

At long last, we have a daughter! Sarah Elizabeth, currently known as Qing Jia Chen, was introduced to us at 1:25pm today by the staff of Great Wall China Adoptions. Well, they called and gave us her brief bio then. We got her photos a couple of hours later.

Isn't she a cutie??

Her stats:
Qing Jia Chen, born 9-30-07.

She is at the Chenzhou Child Welfare Institute in Hunan Province.

At her last medical exam on 7-11-07 (so about 2 mos ago), she was 17.5# and 27.5" tall. Her developmental report describes her as able to sit steadily, crawl, and stand while holding onto something. She knows her name, knows acquaintances vs. strangers, and likes listening to music and playing with toys and games. OK, this is sounding a bit like a baby dating ad. I don't know whether she likes moonlit walks or pina coladas... but she does like biscuits, so any playdate should probably include at least dinner and dancing.

She is apparently quite adept with blocks -- reaching, grasping, banging them together (see love of music above), is active, and has a ready smile and a quick laugh. From the looks of this photo, I think she also has an attitude! I started laughing when I saw it -- and I think it could be a challenge to not laugh when she pulls that frownie face in person!

Now we just have to wait till November to get her! The time will both fly and crawl, I'm sure.

What a great day! Debi


kris said...

WHAT a CUTIE!! Congratulations!!!

Heidi said...

YEAH! Another Hunan Baby!!!
I am so happy for you!
I was a little off on the age though. But Sarah has the same birthday as ME!!!! It is a national holiday I think (at least that is what I tell everyone :))

Terri @ In His Hands said...

She is ADORABLE! I love that our girls share the same red shirt for their serious photo! lol
Can't wait to pick up our babies!!

Screen name: Joyful Heart said...

I'm thrilled for you. She is absolutely beautiful. I hope the time does fly by until it's time to bring her home.

(FTJ from RQ)

Magi said...

She's beautiful. Congratulations!

**************** said...

Congratulations! We have a spicy Chenzhou girl! We have been home for just over 5 months. Hope that you have a speedy TA!

Louanne said...

She is so cute!!!! I can't wait until you guys travel. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

Louanne (GWCANOV group)

Research-China.Org said...

Congratulations on your referral! When you are ready to obtain her finding ad (with a picture younger than the referral photo!) come visit us. You will love the ad, and her picture!

Have a quick trip to China!


TimandKim said...

Oh, I love the look on her face. Get ready for some serious guilt trips she will lay on you with that cute pout!
What a sweetie. Congratulations!

Tracy said...

She is adorable! Congrats! I love her name - my niece is Sarah and my middle name is Elizabeth :)

Our baby Charlotte Rui is from teh same SWI as your baby (and Terri's!) Ours also has that serious photo red shirt. It will be so fun to travel with you and Terri to meet our Spicy Hunan girls!

DOR 9/4/07

Kathi said...

((I'm Tracy's sister, we have been following her and Adam's journey for so long, and now she has provided us with the links to you and the other family that will be traveling with she and Adam...so, I cried all over again with happiness, this time for All of you!:)
All 3 girls are just BEAUTIFUL!

Tommy and Kelly said...

Congratulations. She is precious.

Journey2LilyRose said...


We are home almost 7 months with our Chenzhou Beauty LilyRose.

Your Sarah is absolutely adorable and we couldn't be more happy for you and your family. The babies are well loved and well taken care of.

I can't wait to follow your journey to your "Hunan Spicy Girl" and trust me, the label fits lol.

We wish you all the best and praying for a speedy TA

Lisa - mom to LilyRose - a Chenzhou spicy girl

jaj said...

Congratulations! I love her little pouty face! We got our Chenzhou Princess in March and she is the light of our lives!

amy said...

Congratulations!! I saw your update on Stirr-up Queens Lost and Found.....your daughter is beautiful. I hope the time between now and Gotcha Day flies by.