Monday, September 19, 2011



Free at last.

It went well!
I think!

They didn't end up getting back to the room until about 4pm their time.
I went to bed at 3am so when Skype rang at 6 I had 6 other people clamoring to see and hear all about it.

From what I could gather it went really well!
He recognized John and Jordan right away, came right to them
and he was ready to get on outta there.
His lips and fingers and toes are blue and he gets incredibly winded when he walks
but we were prepared for all of that.
Otherwise he looked ok.
Not great, but ok. 

I just skyped with them and he had just taken a bath,
that didn't go so well
his breathing became very labored.
So John yanked him out of the tub
got out the oxygen
and tucked him into bed.
Note to self. No baths right now. 

If you've ever wondered whether you could love someone half a world away that you have only just met
let me assure you
it can happen.
It will happen.

Loving the socks.
He's quite long and lean
he must get that from me

We are not above buying affection at this point.

A little brotherly stroll
and some brotherly dart throwing?

I have no idea.
This is what happens when you go to China without a mom around.

Joshua John, welcome to the family!
We are incredibly humbled and thankful that we get to be a part of your life.
You have quite the journey ahead of you but know this,
you will never walk it alone.
It is an honor and a privilege to call you our own and regardless of what the future holds you are
and forever will be
our son.

9 Days till home.


  1. I’m so glad that he is finally with his family. Praise the LORD.

  2. At last! Oh Sonia, I know your heart is about to burst. It does seem he was so ready to be with his family. Kudos to John for quick work there with the bathtub scene. Can't figure out what that triggered. He is tall! And blue! But yours!!! And he has a chance now. Praying for another miracle because the first one just happened.
    Donna O.

  3. Tears!! He looks so happy. I couldn't wait to get on this morning and check your blog. It did not disappoint!

    Good job, Dad and Jordan off to a great start!!

    Praising Jesus....there is one less!


  4. Yeah!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear more. He looks good and his eyes look bright and beautiful.

  5. YIPPPPPEEEEEE!!!!!! Crying as I read this. So happy for you!

  6. Oh my goodness...crying, crying, crying. I can only imagine how you must be feeling right now! Such a special, adorable, precious boy.

  7. Reading your blog post aloud from my iPhone as Tom drives us to Philly with Lilly and I couldn't keep reading cause I was choking on tears. Hallelujah. God is so good.

  8. Congratulations! I have been waiting to see those pictures!
    Praise God that the transition seems to be going so well! He looks so happy!
    I will pray that the rest of the trip goes well and for you as you wait to hold him in your arms soon!

  9. I love these pictures!!! Love love love it!! So thankful he is finally with his family!

  10. YAY!!! God is so good!!

  11. Joshua John welcome to your family!

    Oh sweet friend, what a relief it is to see your boy smiling and playing wih his big brother! Thank you Jesus!!

    Lord, please continue to keep your hand on Joshua. Give John and Sonia wisdom as they get to know their son. Be with Joshua as he makes this transition and give him peace and Your strength in his little heart! Thank you Lord for this miraculous day--we look forward with hope for more of Your miracles for Joshua John. Thank you Lord for this rescue! In Jesus name, Amen!

    Congratulations M. Family! Oh Happy Day!

    With love from Texas ~

    Tina, on behalf of the Winder Family

  12. He is absolutely adorable, and I am thrilled for all of you! Nine days is going to feel like an eternity... in case you didn't already know that. :) CONGRATS on your new, precious, son!

  13. Congratulations!! I'm so glad that things are going well! Thank you for sharing the pics. :-)

  14. I am humbled again at the wonders of our Lord God. To take another son without and give him everything! Thank you LORD GOD for the glories that be! We are so glad that you have put this son into this family!

  15. Choking...UP!!! (Swallow it down, Kelly! You're stronger than this!) Choking...UP!


  17. Ugly crying for your beautiful SON! Thanks for sharing all the little details that we all need while vicariously living through you. He looks very happy.
    Now I'm off to redo the makeup I foolishly put on before checking your blog this morning...

  18. I'm blubbering with happiness & joy here at work. I wonder how many of my coworkers must think I just got the axe or my mom died or something. If any of them ask, you can be sure I'll be sharing your story with them immediately. Congrations to your entire family!

  19. So happy for Joshua and for you! Glory to God indeed!

  20. Making me cry, yo. Making me cry. Welcome to the family, Joshua!!!!!! You are LOVED!!!!!!
    Thank you, Jesus!

  21. YEAH!! Praying!
    The Weissends
    John, Paula, Carla and Frances Xin

  22. Soo happy!! Thanks for sharing the first pictures!

  23. So precious! So happy that he is doing well and happy! Congratulations. Praying that everything will continue to go smoothly.

  24. I'll chime in with the rest of them, Congratulations! Thanks for sharing it all.

  25. Sooooo happy!! Finally that little boy has a Dad, a Mom and a bunch of brothers...sooo special! I loved what Jordan had put on his FB page and you copied to your blog...H today, Joshua tomorrow!...that comment along with the picture of Jordan and JJ looking out the window are PRECIOUS!! I've read and re-read your blog many times and I think back to our trip almost 8 years ago to get our "China doll" Frances Xin. Carla was 12 and Francie was almost one. It very special that Carla was standing there with us as Francie was placed in my arms! It was great that yall took everybody to get Jacob and Joey...6 sons and Mom and Dad doing the China thing!! WOW!! This time is different and a little slower pace is needed so as usual, God's got everybody right where there're suppose to be! A precious little boy will get a few days to do a little bonding with Dad and one brother before he and his awesome Mom, along with their AWESOME GOD, take on the tough trip to do the medical thing. Thanks for sharing! You ALL are in our prayers!! PRECIOUS! PRECIOUS!
    Much love,
    The Weissends
    John, Paula, Carla and Francie

  26. Congrats Mamma! Praising our Abba Father today for this little one coming home.

  27. Yeah! Awesome!!! I could'nt wait to check your blog (again!) at lunch! SO awesome! Prayers continue for him, them, safe travel...

  28. Sitting in the hospital ... and smiling ear to ear! Just what this anxious mamma needed as I wait on Hudson to emerge from surgery. Will continue to pray for all you men in China. Can't wait to see and hear more.

  29. Woo-hoo! Loving the pictures!! Praying for JJ and for all of you! :) Hugs!

  30. You are so sweet to post the pics and share with all of us out here. What a special day for you all. I love John's face as he looks at JJ and the pic of Jordan and JJ looking out the window. Again, THANK YOU for sharing. Praying for you all, especially you as you have to wait 9 days now to hold him.

  31. ....pure and faultless, friend. Many big hugs to you!!

  32. Yayayayayayay!! So thankful they have him!! Yay God!!

    My heart is going to burst with JOY!! This sweet boy has an awesome family! He is no longer an orphan!!

    Praise God!! What a great day it is!!

  33. He looks so HAPPY! What a character. I believe he will match your personality eye for eye and tooth for tooth! Big grin!!!

  34. I have to agree...ugly cry! Thank goodness it is morning here and I haven't applied any makeup! LOL! Love the sweet look of love as John looks at him int he first moments!!! xoxo JoRie

  35. He's yours! Forever!!! Praise God!!! :)

  36. I am a crying mess!
    Joshua John ... welcome to your family!
    Happy Forever Family Day!
    Praising Him!
    Love & Blessings,

  37. Like all the others I have tears!!! LOTS of 'em!!
    YEA! Congrats Mama!
    Welcome to your new family Joshua John!!
    Praise GOD!!
    Much love to you all!!