Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Adoption Day

Today we returned to the adoption center to make it official. We finalized the adoption, and our Fan Xiao Jia is now Lindy Li-Xiao Osborn. We promised we would take care of her and never abandon or abuse her. We signed several papers and had our first family photo taken.

We have spent the afternoon in our room playing with her (in between naps), and trying to get to know her and understand what makes her tick. She waves and plays peekaboo. She cries whenever one of us leaves her sight. Things are going as well as I think they can.

It is hard to believe we have been gone almost a week, and how much our lives have changed. We are enjoying China, getting as much rest as we can, and have stayed well.

We must sign off for now and go get some dinner. We don't know when we'll be able to post again, but will try as soon as we can.

Thanks for all the wonderful emails. They are a source of encouragement to us.

D, L, & L


The Schotters said...
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The Schotters said...

This is the post we have been waiting for! What a beautiful family! We love you!
Many Blessings!
Pat, Michelle, Shon, Jake, Ryan and Brooke

Jaime said...

It is so surreal to finally see you holding Lindy. Your family is just picture perfect! I am so thankful you have gotten her and now she is yours to care for. May God continue to bless this life long journey!!!
Our Love,
Jaime, Ben, & Beck

The West Family said...

What a beautiful family! You all look so happy. We're glad to finally see her in your arms. Katie and Anna are particularly excited to meet her. Enjoy the naps, and get that girl some prune juice!

Anonymous said...

Carson and I checked the blog before we went to bed last night and there was not update. What a great gift to wake up to your update from overnight. We can't wait for a play date!!! Nap when Lindy naps!!!!

Mark and Ellen Abshier said...

Wow!!! We are so moved by that picture of you three. We cannot wait to see all of you soon.

Lo9ve, Mark, Ellen, Jessica and Jordan

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful sight to see the three of you! We have been checking the blog hourly and were so excited this morning! What a blessing. Love ya, Daryl & Lori

Anonymous said...

Hello From Texas and ladies Bible Class. Mark just brought the pictures in and we are thrilled with seeing Lindy. She's adorable.
We all cried reading about her. Our prayers are with you and we can't wait for her to get here.
Ladies Bible Class

tams said...

Praise God! What a perfect family you three are!!! I am thrilled to meet Lindy. Check your mail when you get home (as if you need to be told that, ha!) -- you'll have some special instructions for our Baby Recognition on June 4th. Love you all.

Hugs & Prayers,
Tamra :)

myra said...
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myra said...

Congratulations Don and Lisa! We are so happy for you and can't wait to meet Lindy! She is beautiful and I know such a sweet blessing to the two of you.

Much love,
Patrick and Myra

Mom said...

I had been checking up until bedtime and was praying and thinking about you all night. I was so thrilled this morning to get both updates from Monday and Tuesday giving us the news we had been waiting for! Lindy will be fine...she's attached to you both already! Now...if only I could transport you all back home right now so I could get my arms around you! Now that she's with you I hope you will be able to enjoy these next few days together having fun sightseeing!

O'Bryant family said...

I have been checking the blog all the time, and was so excited to get up this morning and see the great pictures! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!!

Jill, Brody, and Scarlett

Anonymous said...

God is good....

Remember, its never too early to start forming her little fingers into the "hook 'em" sign.

I look forward to giving Lindy a hug....


Steve said...

What a great looking family you guys are. You will find (I'm sure you already know) that watching Lindy learn and grow is truly amazing. She will be watching mommy and daddy constantly and picking up everything. And, as you watch her, you will be astounded at what she learns each day. We are so excited and happy that you have such a lovely little girl who will bring constant joy to your lives. The angels are singing joyously because now Lindy will certainly come to know God. Without you, who knows....?

Pauline & Steve

The Hall Family said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! We can't wait to see you when you get back to San Antonio. Elijah and Regan were all smiles when they saw the picture!

Bryan, Laurin, Elijah, & Regan

the browns said...

What a great picture! It looks like you have it all figured out to me. I know you are having the time of your life. Congratulations -- now you can truly enjoy the rest of your trip.

Kim, Phil, Erin & Emily

Jordan said...

hey, congratulations you guys. I'm really happy for you. Praise God. Nice shirt too, start her early - Hook Em!

LInda said...

I join with all the rest of my family to congratulate you and praise God for Lindy. She's a lucky little girl to have such loving, caring, selfless parents. You've been through a lot these past few years but I know when you hold Lindy, your heart forgets the past and looks forward to every new day! Can't wait until you are all back and we can rejoice with you in person. Love to you all, Linda

the Barons said...

Wow! You guys look amazing. So happy and complete!!! I've been sneaking up to computer every chance I get and was so excited to see these two posts this morning. Even John knows what a blog is now :-)!!! We can't wait to meet her and are keeping you in our prayers.
John, Cristie, Summer and Noah

Anonymous said...

I just learned tonight how to do this "Post a Comment". We can see the excitement in the eyes of all three of you, and we are so happy for your wonderful family. Lindy is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy the next few days together, they will long be precious moments. May God bless and keep you, and grant you a safe journey home. We can hardly wait to see all of you togfether.
alan & martha

Anonymous said...

Just like the others I have been checking every few minutes for an update. But I wasn't worried I knew you were spending some good quality family time together. Don't worry about the instructions (who reads 'em anyway) your parenting skills will soon kick in! God's blessings to your beautiful family!!

Anonymous said...

My brother's a daddy! And Lisa looks like a complete natural already. Great pictures! We couldn't be happier for your beautiful family. Livi can't wait to meet her adorable new cousin and neither can we! So thrilled for you. Congrats and enjoy the rest of the journey.

Love, Anne

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Parenthood has put big smiles on both of your faces. We are thrilled to be grandparents one more time. Couldn't be more excited for you.

Grandpa & Grandma

Anonymous said...

God is good!!! I have to admit that I cried great tears of joy seeing your family picture. You are just beginning to realize the blessings of your family in God's plan.

Tim, Julie, Sydnie

The Swanns said...

We are so happy for you and to see that you are now holding Lindy. She is beautiful! Abbie and Sam are excited to meet her, too. God is so good! (Love your shirt, Don. Norris is right about teaching her the "hook 'em sign now)You are in our prayers.
Steve, Stephanie, Abbie and Sam

Anonymous said...

I keep logging on to see the beautiful picture of your family! How precious it is! I am so thrilled for you and can't wait to hear all the details from your parents. Praying that the rest of your trip is safe.

Anonymous said...

We are so happy for y'all! The picture is awesome. After a rough day at work, your family picture helped put everything in perspective. Praise God for the wonders He has done. Congratulations :) Another prayer answered.

Debbie Z & the Lunch crew (we all marveled at your pictures)

Karen, JaNae, Denver & Conner said...

Don, Lisa & Lindy,

What a blessed family! Holding your daughter in your arms for the first time is simply amazing. Tears came to my eyes as I recalled how I felt that moment 11 1/2 years ago. What a precious gift! Treasure every moment.

Safe Travels & we'll see you 3 soon,

Karen, JaNae, Denver & Conner

Erin Brown said...

What a beautiful family. I can't wait till you all come home. I got dibs on babysitting....I love yall soooooo MUCH!!!!See ya later aligator.