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Adoption Journal: Emmaline

All times are in China Time (UTC/GMT-8). For reference, Pacific Standard Time is 16 hours behind.

Please note: the most recent posts are listed first. For a full sense of our adoption travel experience, go to the bottom of the page and work your way upwards.

Welcome to Emmaline Anne Ding's adoption website. This blog details our family's adoption of this beautiful little girl from China in 2005. While the focus of the blog is to record our trip to China, you can also find more about her adoption by clicking on the links to the right.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

More photos, sleep deprivation update

Well we didn’t blog last night because the combination of 3 kids with different sleep needs & schedules finally converged to make a bit of a tornado evening.

We tried to go to a “nice” dinner downstairs in the Food Street restaurant in the hotel, which specializes in Cantonese cuisine. Unfortunately, Andrew’s nap schedule was so contorted that by the time we got there he was a mess and inconsolable. So Lois had to finish up quick and take him upstairs, she herself being exhausted from a sleep-deprived night. The only consolation is that the food was at best edible: I suppose we’re spoiled from all the excellent Chinese cuisine in the Bay Area!

As any of y’all with kids knows, vacationing with kids is not easy. It throws everything off for the kids, including sleep schedules, routines, etc. And the result is a small bit of chaos. So please continue to pray for God to help us as parents to respond in wisdom to help the kids to enjoy our time here (so that we might enjoy our time as well).

To make up for the lack of blogging last night (though most of our readers were sleeping), check out some video footage of Emmaline from “Gotcha Day”.

Finally, here’s a few photos from yesterday, during which we acquired our official adoption decree (she’s ours!) and applied for notarized documentation and her Chinese passport. Enjoy!

Lois with Emmaline in the baby sling:

Emmaline enjoying a feeding:

And our most important document, the adoption decree:


  • At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yipppeeee!!!! Thanks for the update! We will continue to be praying for you! -da Halls

  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    congratulations on little emmaline! she looks like a real sweetie! keeping you guys in prayer for all the travels, upset schedules and crankiness. it does get better . . . see you soon!
    -the wongs on mesa verde

  • At 12:41 AM, Blogger Sonja said…

    Praise God for second chances! As I follow your adventure, I am overjoyed for you. Journey mercies and gentle slumber to your family. See you at home.

  • At 1:53 AM, Blogger Tim said…

    Hallelujah indeed!


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