This is the first photo we ever received of our daughter Chen, Ying Xi.
Translated from Chinese, Ying Xi means "to welcome happiness". We
believe this photo was taken in January 1997, soon after she entered the Chenzhou Welfare
This photo of Valerie and Emily was taken on "Gotcha Day"
morning, at the Civil Affairs Office in Changsha, China. It was taken by our friend
Charlie, one of the fathers in our "Hunan 8" group. In the background at
left, is our friend Laura, holding her new daughter Morgan.
I titled this photo, "Red...white...beautiful!" because that is
what our Hua Tian Hotel floor attendant said to us as she gently touched Emily's cheek,
the first time she saw her. She was referring to Emily's light complexioned skin and
rosy red cheeks.
"Daddy's Sweet Baby"
This photo, also taken at the Civil Affairs Office on "Gotcha
Day" morning, documents the very first time I held my baby Emily. I had to wait
until she had fallen asleep before I could hold her or else she would start crying.
This is one of my favorite photographs.
"A Walk in the Park"
This photo of Emily was taken in early December 1997, about a week after
our becoming a forever family. It was taken in the park near the White Swan Hotel,
on the Shamian Island, in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. We just loved these
little "puffy suits" so many of the babies in China wore. We purchased
this outfit in Guangzhou, about one block from the White Swan Hotel. This is another
one of my favorite photographs of Emily.