Thursday, June 21, 2007

Abby and Georgia With Their Daddy!!!

Mom Pam writes:

Attached you will find pictures of Dad (Paul) with Abigail (Abby) and Georgia taken on Fathers Day 2007. Abigail is 5 1/2 years old and was adopted on August 6, 2002 in the Jiangsu Province. Georgia is 3 1/2 years old and was adopted on September 12, 2004 in the Jiangxi Province.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Lilly And Her Daddy!!!

Mom Kristen writes:

Hi! These are a few pics of my Husband Mark & our daughter Lilly and her
brothers Hunter & Fisher. Lilly truly has the men in her life wrapped
around her little finger! Mark is a great dad, the kids love him dearly.
The pics are of Mark and Lilly camping in New Mexico, Christmas 2006 and
just this past week at the beach in North Padre Island, Tx.
Lilly's gotcha date is July 17, 2004, from Zhonjou, in the Fujian province.
We were very blessed to get her at just 7 mo. old!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Whitney And Her Daddy!

Whitney is enjoying a day at the Central Park Zoo with her father, Jeff.(left and bottom right). In the top right picture they are at a birthday party in Pound Ridge, NJ. Whitney is from Chongqing and turned 2 in February.

Ian And His Daddy!!!

Dad Andrew writes:

This is a picture of Ian (from the town Guan Yuan in Sichuan, adopted May 17, 2005, Age 2 in this picture- he's 3 now) and dad Andrew. Struggling with potty training.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

ShiPeng And His Daddy!!!

Here are some pictures of Gladney's longtime facilitator, Samson, and his baby boy ShiPeng, along with Samson's wife Chrysanthemum and his mother, the proud Grandma! These pictures were taken at a park outside Guangzhou in March. ShiPeng has since grown a lot and now weighs almost 17 pounds!

Emily And Her Daddy!!!

Mom Lisa writes:

Attached is a picture of Andy with our daughter Emily. Emily is from the Hunan Province (Yueyang County SWI) and was adopted in Nov 2004. She is now 3 1/2 years old.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Alida And Her Daddy!!!

Mom Jennifer writes:

Alida with her dad, Bill. Age 3 1/2, Guangdong Province, DongGuan City SWI, adopted 9/13/04.

Lylia Ting And Her Daddy!!!

Mom Deborah writes:

These are photos we took in China last January. Lylia Ting Corbett is now 6 years old. We adopted her in January 2007 from the Bejing Children’s Orphanage. In the first photo she is the one with the orange jacket.

Nina And Her Daddy!!!

Dad Eric writes:

Enclosed is my father's day photo submission. Since I'm usually BEHIND the camera 98% of the time when taking pictures of Nina,I'm not usually seen in them with her!! I hope this one will do.

Here are our stats:
Eric and Nina Ping
Nina is from the Hunan Province
We adopted her in July 2005
She will be 3 years old on August 14th
We live in Bernardsville, NJ

This photo was taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ in April 2007. We were in Arizona to visit relatives and I was racing in Ironman Arizona. A few days before the race we took an evening stroll through this lush and peaceful garden. Nina was fascinated seeing all sorts of desert birds and colorful flowers.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

James, Kathryn and Sarah And Their Daddy!!!

From Mom Stephanie:

Chris is the photographer in the family so it was hard to find pictures of him alone with the kids, but I dug up a few! (I really need to take some more of him alone with our youngest, Sarah, though!). James is almost 7 1/2 now, Kathryn (Guangdong, adopted 2006) will be 2 1/2 on July 1st and Sarah(Guangdong, adopted 2007) is 21 months. These pictures were all taken within the last six months. The one of Chris standing behind Sarah in her stroller was taken at the Guangzhou Zoo in March.

As you can see Chris almost always has a child hugging him or riding his back!

Kathryn in particular is a real Daddy's Girl these days!!

Happy Father's Day To All Dads!

Xiang Xiang and Her Daddy!!!

Xiang Xiang
age 5
Adopted December 10, 2002

Ming Lu In China with Her Daddy!!!

Mom Erin writes:

Attached are some pix from our recent trip to China.
Ming Lu Chen is now 2 and a half. She is from Jiangxi and we adopted her Nov. 2005. She is very social and expressive! She speaks full sentences in English and Chinese. She can count to 10, knows her colors, shapes and many, many animals...and she loves to tease.

Lindy And Her Daddy!!!

Mom Lisa writes:

Names: Don & Lindy Li-Xiao
Gotcha Day: April 3, 2006 Adopted: April 4, 2006
Province: Changsha, Hunan
Lindy's birthdate: May 8, 2005

Explanation of pix...

The one of them sleeping is on a bus in Guangzhou. Lindy is 11 months old.
The one of them in the flowers is taken in the Texas bluebonnets here in San Antonio. Lindy is almost 23 months old in this picture.
The one in the blue and gold is Lindy wearing her daddy's alma mater colors. Don is a graduate of the Naval Academy. Lindy is almost 18 months old in this picture.

CCAA Summer Camp In Beijing!!!

“Embracing China & Experiencing Beijing” Summer Camp 2007

August 14-23, 2007

Beijing, China

The China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA) has invited up to 25 children, between the ages of 12 and 16, adopted from China by Americans, to attend an all- expense- paid 10-day camp in Beijing. The only cost involved will be the air travel expenses to Beijing and spending money. Hotel lodging, meals, sightseeing, and in-country travel is all covered by CCAA. Gongzhan Wu has the great pleasure of accompanying the participants on their trip, along with other well- trained American and Chinese chaperones/guides. This is an exciting and life-changing opportunity for children to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture, history and art firsthand.

The National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is working in conjunction with CCAA to publicize this unique camp and they have just begun accepting applications. For more information or for an application go to or contact Gongzhan Wu at

Just to follow up the brief announcement about the CCAA Summer Camp 2007 last week, here are two links to an official announcement of the Camp and the camp itinerary for your reference.

Please feel free to share it with your local FCC chapter as well as any other China adoption groups you belong to.

After the news of CCAA summer camp was announced last Friday, I have received numerous inquiries, and we have begun receiving applications. We are all very excited about the opportunity. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lily Visits Her Hometown!!

This is an article Lily wrote about her trip to Changsha, Hunan Province, in July 2005.

Orphanage Donation

Hi, my name is Lily and I am nine years old. I went to China this past summer with my Mom, uncle, aunt and cousins. I went to my hometown, Changsha in Hunan Province. In Changsha, we visited my orphanage. Well, it was the new one, because my real orphanage was torn down. We went to the orphanage and I saw these cute little babies waiting for a home. We saw a baby who was going to be adopted on Monday. We were so lucky we got to see the babies. After we saw the babies we went into a meeting room. I had a gift for them. It was $100 which equals $800 in yen. I feel so proud of myself for doing that good deed!

Friday, June 08, 2007

This Summer--Karolyn's Homeland Journey ( 4 )

Mom Lisa writes:

Here is another update from Karolyn:
She just celebrated her twelth birthday in China. Although Karloyn was not sad on her birthday, she thought it would have been a better celebration if she had been home in NYC.

Karolyn noticed immediately everyone in the school is Chinese. The school is very interested in her background and where she and her sister came from. Karolyn is also tutored every day after school for two hours by students from Beijing University.

Karolyn will revisit the Great Wall . She last saw the Great Wall when she was 5 years old and we picked up her sister. She is also planning to travel but does not know where her friends are will to take her. She is having a good time and seems to really enjoy being in China. No homesickness yet.

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Gladney Annual Picnic in New York !

Mom, Dad, and Whitney had a terrific afternoon at the annual Gladney picnic in Larchmont, New York. There was a bouncy tent, magician, popcorn machine, balloon artist, and plenty of fun lawn toys for the children. It was particularly nice to see our Gladney friends from the New York office! Thank you for a wonderful day

Sunday, June 03, 2007

This Summer - Karolyn's Homeland Journey (3)

Mom Lisa writes:

Karolyn is having a wonderful time. She says that Beijing is not as crowded as she thought it would be. Karolyn also found out, contrary to what I told her, her friends buy food that has been imported from the States so she doesn't have to be too concerned about eating. I had advised her to eat like she does when she goes to Mexico. Everything has to be peeled and nothing raw can be eaten. Evidently, ours and Karolyn's friends have found sources which provide food that they can eat. However, they still wash everything with the anti-microbial wash.

Monday, she starts school. Her friend's teacher is not the typically very strict teacher that one finds in China. We are hoping that Karolyn is allowed to stay with Ann in the same class even though Ann is totally fluent in Chinese.

Karolyn's sister is still having trouble adjusting so I have arranged many playdates and sleep-overs during the next three weekends.

Picnics and Pigtails!

On Memorial Day Weekend, Kathryn and Sarah sported outfits from their Daddy's favorite baseball team and we all enjoyed a nice picnic with family and friends. Sarah was overcome with all the excitement at the end of the day and crashed in our new double stroller for the girls!

And, in another exciting development this spring, Kathryn's hair is finally long enough for a pigtail or two! As you can see she is very proud of this!

Welcome Summer!

Friday, June 01, 2007

This Summer - Karolyn's Homeland Journey ( 2 )

Mom Lisa writes:

Today, May 31. Karolyn arrived in China. My friends said that she had a big smile on her face. We spoke this morning and she said the movies on Air China were all "shoot them up and murder stuff" which she did not want to watch. She used her new Nintendo DS and read. She is excited to be in Beijing. Tomorrow, Friday, she will celebrate her 12th birthday in the country of her birth.

Our friends in China have found some Beijing University students to tutor Karolyn after Chinese School. They will help her with Mandarin so that she can learn faster. Karolyn will start school on June 4 and is very excited that there is a school uniform.

On another note, Zoe, her 7 year old sister, was in tears this morning because she misses her sister. Zoe wanted to go with her sister but because of her age was not allowed. Zoe is also adopted from China and arrived in the States in 2000. She has had melt downs both this morning and this evening. We have marked the calendar when Karolyn will return. On those days that Karolyn is not here, Zoe drew a tears. I have talked with her teachers and they are being very supportive. The computer teacher will help Zoe email her sister in China.

Karolyn has promised to email more information.