Meet our little Elyana!


Our family is honored to finally be able to share pictures of our little one waiting for us in China.

Elyana was left at the gate of the Children’s Welfare Institute in Baoji City, China on Nov. 31, 2011, at only 5 days old.  She has been taken care of by her orphanage ever since.  At 3 months of age she had successful surgery for Spina Bifida, and we’ve been told she has a special need of club feet. When the mission team went to our daughters orphanage we were given a positive, encouraging report from a physical therapist who went with the team.  After arriving in the U.S. Elyana will be seen by a team of specialists at a trusted Children’s Hospital within 2wks.

Our adoption agency has partnered with her orphanage and helps in providing them with the much-needed support to give these children the best care possible.

We are pleased to introduce our little daughter….

Elyana Leigh Yi Xuan Sparks

Born 11-26-2011


Orphanages often dress children in multiple layered, warm clothing.  We’ve been told some orphanages don’t have as much heat in the winter months, and that Chinese women bundle children as a way to keep them healthy.  We weren’t told the exact date of these photos, but the medical information was dated Jan. 2012, so we assume they were taken sometime around that date.  So if the that would make her 14 months old in the pictures.

IMG_2782  We love her little grin.


Updated photos taken from the video her orphanage sent us on July 23rd (20 months old):

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Elyana 5 (2)

Elyana 5 (1)

E 6 (2)

She is soooo beautiful and perfect in every way.  We’ve all fallen very much in love with her!  This week we will receive another update with 2 more new pictures of her, and will share those also when we get them!

Thank you ALL for your love and support throughout this whole process.  Each one of you has been a blessing to us & we can’t wait for her to meet all our loving, caring family and friends.

8 thoughts on “Meet our little Elyana!

    1. Thank you sis….I know you’ve shed many tears along with me on this journey! She will have a wonderful (crazy)…. 😉 Aunt Nana!!! So blessed to have uuu!

    1. Thank you B.J. We can’t wait for her to meet all her wonderful family! We love you, Jen & girls SO much! Please give them all hugs from us!

  1. Congratulations…she is beautiful. She will be such a beautiful addition to your family and I’m sure you will have so much fun with her!

    1. Hi Karla! Thank you so much! 🙂 We are so thankful for everyone who has waited along with us. I enjoyed getting your emails last week!
      Thank you for thinking of us & for all your kind words!
      We hope you & your family are all doing good. 🙂 Please tell Jason & kids we say hello!

  2. I’m in aw of how our our God makes all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose!! His good plan and purpose will be accomplished Elyana’s life! So very happy for you all! We continue our prayers for your whole family!!!
    Love you!!!

    1. Sarah, Your prayers & encouragement mean so much…..and your genuine joy for our family is always felt!
      I love you sweet friend!

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