I found a cute picture of Maia (while in China) on the blog of one of our travelmates (Julie, amazing mom to Tess) and I copied it from her. Compare it to our first referral photo, taken only 5 months earlier. It is so amazing to look at these 2 photos together.
This is Xu Na Na, July 2006
This is Maia Isabelle Xuna, December 2006
There's been a lot of talk lately about celebrities adopting "the latest accessory" and CNN inaccurately speculating why Americans adopt from China instead of out of the US foster care system. I won't get into all that. The bottom line is this, all children deserve the love of a family. No one has the right to tell anyone how to form their family. Our daughter was in China. I can't explain why. It's clear to us when we look at her, that she has always been our daughter. When her face lights up and she squeals in delight upon seeing her brothers after school, it's clear they have always been siblings. Just look at the transformation and the sparkle in her eyes.