Monday, July 16, 2007

Meet Me In St. Louis

We had the most marvelous mini-vacation this past weekend in St. Louis, and one of the most special things we got to do was to attend was our adoption agency's annual reunion picnic. Three other families from our travel group were there, so we got to spend time catching up with each others' lives before and after lunch, comparing notes on how the girls had progressed, and reminiscing about our time in China. Wanting more time together, we met again for supper at a delicious Chinese restaurant (more traditional than any we'd been to since our return home), recommended by our local hosts, Chris and Melissa. It was wonderful to see these families again and to see how much their girls had grown and progressed. Spending the holidays in China with these folks and meeting our girls at the same time was quite a bonding experience for us, and treasuring beautiful daughters from China will always be an blessing we'll share. Thanks to the Decks, Bradshaws, and Farmers for sharing their lives with us again this weekend! We had a blast! Hoping, too, that more of our Jiangxi families can join us in the future - we missed you!


Emma's Mommy said...

What a special time for you. I am sure these are friends that you and your girls will have for a lifetime - what a special bond you share with each other. Great pictures - All the girls are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Chris Deck said...

Yes... it was a GREAT visit! Lee and Ashley -- you are wonderful people and your girls are delightful.

The bond we all share is indeed strong. It was wonderful to see a few of the friendly faces that we experienced our trip to China with.

It was a more special visit than I had anticipated, and I look forward to more in the future!

Terri said...

I am so glad that you all had the chance to revisit with the friends you made during your journey to Miss Hannah. Glad you all had a great time.

Dana said...

Glad you're back safe and sound and that you ha a great time. I missed you!