Sunday, December 24, 2006

She's Here!!!!!

Well, at about 5:00 p.m. Beijing Time (That's 3:00 a.m. for you guys in the Central Time Zone), Ashley and Jaycie and I became a family of four. Hannah has a full head of hair and a wonderful disposition. She was not crying at all (and hasn't yet). She and Jaycie became quick friends, and her laugh is absolutely precious. She has two teeth and supposedly can crawl and stand up. We haven't gotten to that point yet. Anyway, it is hard to believe that it is real. Jaycie is a great big sister. We'll write more later when Hannah goes to bed. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and love. We feel so wonderful knowing that there are so many people who care so much about us. We can't wait for Hannah to get home to meet everybody.

Update: It's 9:00 here, and at this point Hannah is asleep with Ashley, and Jaycie is sacked out also. It's been a long day for everybody. Hannah cried a little, but she went to sleep and so far, so good. I think I'm going to bed now also. I'm sure the next day or so will be the most difficult for Hannah. It is all still very hard to believe. Make sure to check out our dropshots page for pictures of the meeting. We'll tell you about it later, but let's just let the word "chaotic" tell the story for now.


Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD!! It seems so unbelievable to see you all with Hannah, I can't imagine what you must be feeling! You already look like a family. The love you have for her radiates from you eyes. This is just another example of how AWESOME our God is! May God continue to bless you with a safe trip home. We can't wait to meet her - she really is beautiful, and what a smile! God bless all four of you (does that look strange in print?). We love you and look forward to your return, Jacqueline Peterson (no one else is up yet but I can't wait to show them the pictures!)

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

WOO-HOOO!!! Congrats!!! I couldn't sleep this morning thinking of you guys, so I had to get up and come check out the pics. I have tears of joy for you. She is just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

She's gorgeous! What a blessing!!! I've been waking up and thinking about you guys all night!

Love you -
Chad, Beth and Michael

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful. I couldn't wait to log on this morning to see the newest cutie patootie Fowlkes girl. What a Christmas blessing!!! I am so excited for you all and can't wait to meet lil miss Hannah Li. Thanks for the blog so we can all keep up with you all. We will pray for God to bless the coming days with peace and smooth transitions for Hannah, Jaycie and both of you as well. God is so good. I pray Hannah will always know the gift she has been given in you all...magnificient parents and an awesome big sister. I know you count yourselves blessed to be given the gift of another sweet little girl to love. Hurry home...we can't wait to meet her.
Love you guys!!!

The Reneau Party of 4
Barry, Jill, Natalie Kate & Jenna Claire

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!!! The pictures are wonderful, I've looked at them 50 times already! I'm so excited for all of you and can't wait to hug you when you get home. We love you! Melissa

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family, and a day of answered prayers. We will be praying for all of you to have a smooth transition and many happy memories in China before coming home.
God is good
The Wells family

Anonymous said...

We are so thrilled !!! Jaycie looks so happy. She is so much bigger than her first pictures and so beautiful...we continue to pray for the bonding to be happy and strong. God is so good...Love, Mom and Dad

Jennifer said...

What a blessing! I am so hapy for you guys. Hannah is so beautiful and looks so sweet. Jaycie will be a wonderful big sis to Hannah just as Ashley was to me. :)
Love you & praying for you.

Martha said...

Congrats! Merry Christmas! She looks like a cutie, for sure!

Martha Carpenter (Brentwood, TN)

Mendy Parmer said...

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes! God is so good! Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful. ENJOY! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

What an incomparable Christmas gift! We are so thankful to see prayer answered in your lives. May the Lord bless you all as you love one another, and may Hannah bring more joy into your lives than you could have even imagined! We are so proud of you and for you!

All our love,
Keevin, Susan, Candace, David, Rachel and Tommy

Terri said...

Congratulations! We are so excited for you. She is a very pretty girl. We can't wait to meet her. Allison and her will have lots of fun together.

Anonymous said...

She's a beautiful girl Lee. Congrats to all of you on one of the merriest christmases of your lives. Travel safe and we can't wait to see you all again.
Vivian, Steven & Nathan McClellan

valerie said...

The Jones Sisters are celebrating with you and your family. Jaycie is already making a great big sister, with her super cute new haircut! We love you all so much and can't wait to meet Hannah.
Valerie, Amanda, & Amy Kate

Michael said...

Woo hoo! She's a cutie, and she's grown so much since the adoption photo was taken! ...And she smiles!

Andrew Cooper said...

Lee & Ash,
I'll try to sleep some extra for you guys:) Enjoy your most precious Christmas present -- Hannah is truly an answer to prayer (that was years in the making)!

Hodge Family News said...

I got your site from the FC yahoo group. Congrats on your beautiful daughter! What a awesome Christmas!

God blessed!


Pam said...

Merry Christmas! I have been waiting to write until I had something inspiring to say, but what is more inspiring than your pictures! Hannah is precious and is so lucky to have a mom, dad and sister (aunt, uncle and cousins too:)) who will love her like you will!

We love you all and will see you soon. Give the girls hugs for us!
Pam, Lincoln, Seth and Zane

Dana Gibbs said...

I couldn't wait to log on as soon as we got to Georgia to check on how your day went. She's beautiful and it looks like a miracle day. It's 11 a.m. Christmas Day your time as I write and I look forward to hearing how your first night went. Todd is sitting here with me, and we are so happy for you. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Love to all four Fowlkes from the Gibbs crew. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys, Just now checking in to see all the news. Hannah is so sweet. Can't wait to see you all. Be safe. Looking forward to more news.
The Elliotts

Anonymous said...

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date! We are so thankful to Him that gives us all perfect gifts like Hannah! Kelsey says she wants to see Jaycie NOW! You look like you're a great big sis! We'll be seeing you soon for sure! We miss you much & pray continually for all of you! LOVE The Senns!