A Precious Gift

Yesterday in the mail we received the most beautiful holiday card from Anna's orphanage. They wished us a joyful Christmas and happy new year. We were asked to send them an e-mail to let them know they had the right contact information for us. So after all the kids were in bed last night I sent them an e-mail. I thanked them for the card and wrote a short message about Anna and how she was doing. I also sent several pictures of her, some by herself and some of all of us together. I also mentioned that the earliest pictures I had of her were her referral pictures at age 2 and how wonderful it would be to have any baby pictures they had.

When I woke up this morning I had a response back with 3 attached pictures. They thanked me for the pictures I sent and said these were some baby pictures of her. I can't explain how emotional this was for me. Just seeing this tiny baby, my baby that I never knew at this age. She was found at 4 weeks old so we are guessing these are close to that time, putting her between 1-2 months old. Even at this early age, I recognize her. She was a beautiful baby and I am overwhelmed and overjoyed to have this tiny piece of her infancy.

What a blessing!


  1. Jen,
    What beautiful photos! I know how special they are for you.
    I was in China at the same time as you. (My son is Aaron, also from Bao'an.) When we were home for 3 months I was emailing Bao'an several photos and I did mention (like you) that I wondered if they had any photos of him before his referral photos (age 2) and they emailed me a photo taken the day he arrived at the orphanage from the hospital (estimated to be 10 months old then). What a treasure!! I know several families have traveled since you and I did and when they went to visit the SWI they specifically asked the director and someone was sent to get baby photos for them. Such an incredible gift to have...especially for our children one day to have!

  2. Oh, what a wonderful, wonderful gift! Those pictures are priceless!

  3. Awesome Jen! What does Anna think of them?