Monday, January 5, 2009


Although most of you may think that yesterday was the most important day of our journey it was not, it was the most exciting, but not most important. Today was the most important day as the adoption of our amazing daughter was finalized. She is officially our daughter and we are officially her parents. At about 9:00 this morning we went to the Civil Affairs office and completed our paperwork. We had an interview as to why we want to be Halainah's parents. Now we await her passport so we can go onto the next leg of our journey which is Guangzhou for her Visa Appointment. She truly is the happiest baby I think I have ever met. She laughs all day long and plays all day long. She's very curious and must always have something in her hand. She is going to be so smart. Her favorite foods are: steamed egg, wonton, white rice, rice crackers, noodles and watermelon. I was hesitant to feed her the long noodles but my guide talked us into it. She slurped that noodle right up and begged for more. She is a complete pure joy and we love her more every minute of every day. She easily goes to mommy, daddy and Jiu Jiu (Bobby). As long as someone is playing with her she is content. We went to walmart today for baby supplies. It was very interesting and very packed. We were approached by many citizens today who would tell us how beautiful our daughter is. In fact wherever wherever we go we are told how beautiful our daughter is. And I have to agree 100 percent. We are so very blessed, so very blessed by God. Everyone is asleep right now and I am tired too so I am off to bed. Enjoy the pics:


Anonymous said...

I am so happy that all the paperwork is final. She is so happy! You guys are so Happy! and I just have to laugh at Bob he is besides himself. Love the Picture with the 'Look no hands' can't wait till you get back.
god bless and love to all.
A. Deb

The Godparents said...

She is so dear... and is so happy, how could she not be! She is so loved! Can't wait to talk to you all tonight! Love you much!
Aunt Bon

Anonymous said...

Please keep the photos coming - they are so beautiful and reflect so much happiness and love.

Be safe!

Love You Guys!

Dad and Joyce

Alyssa said...

She is absolutly adorable! She makes me laugh everytime I see her laughing! I can't wait to talk to you guys tonight! You all look so happy! A beautiful, happy family of THREE!!!!!!!!! That lucky number THREE! I am so happy for you guys! I love you all! Talk to you later!

Anonymous said...

I am just overjoyed at following this blog and how happy Halainah is. I can't stop saying how good God is. I sent you an e-mail again today so when you get a chance please respond. I am so happy Anthony that your birthday coming up will be the best one of all. No being a sad sack this time. I just love love love my granddaughter and so does your father.
Love you all so much

Anonymous said...

Ok so I just have to know that Leg warmers that I see on your daughter?? How can she not be happy with all of the beautful cloths she has....Love the Hats and Head bands.

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

I just love this blog as be able to see you guys radiate such pure happiness is so GREAT...Deanna and Tony, I think you both got yourself the prettiest girl in China..and I mean inside and deserving for two of the greatest people. She is SO Happy in all the pics. You guys make such a lovely family and Bobby looks like he is enjoying being an uncle. Halainah Grace is BLESSED AND YOU GUYS ARE BLESSED AS WELL. Miss you guys much and we all can not wait to see you all in person..
Well, keep on enjoying China..
With Lots of Love,
Annmarie and the entire gang...

Anonymous said...

I agree with your daughter... Wontons are tasty! LOL

We're thrilled that it's all official!!!!!!

Love the pictures... Keep 'em coming!


Anonymous said...

wow! the day has finally come! I'm very proud of both of you!

Anonymous said...

Deanna & Tony,
Congratulations!! She is so beautiful and such ! blessing. Your persistent faith is an inspiration. I wish your amazing family all of the happiness in the world!


Anonymous said...

Deanna and Tony,
Congratulations. She is adorable. We are so happy for you! We have been watching your trip unfold and love the pictures. Enjoy the rest of your trip and we can't wait to meet the newest addition to the family when you come back.

Anna Marie, Bill, and Kevin

Christy Hardwick said...

What a sweet pea! Congratulations on your adoption! You are officially a FOREVER FAMILY!!!!!! We can not be happier for you. And I must admit we are living vicariously through you right now. I think I see another trip to China in our future!