Day 3…..Gotcha Day!


We hopped on a (very smooth) flight to Xian where we would meet Elyana!! She was transported with the nannies on a 3hr drive to meet us!


Driving on our way to the government building where we would meet her.



Elyana with her Nanny.  I can tell she loved Elyana….she got tears in her eyes when she said goodbye.


At first Elyana was ok, but then the Nanny asked to hold her again….then when I took her back she began to cry. (which we thought wasn’t all bad.  shows us that she was attached to her care givers)


We have 3 children now!!! Feeling so very, very blessed.


She LOVED her sunglasses….kept trying to put them back on.


We are now a family of 5! God is soooooo amazing!


It was really cold in the building, so until we could get to the store…we stayed covered up with her blanket!


So, so sweet.  She was exhausted by the time we drove back o the hotel.  She dozed off for a few minutes.


The first laugh we heard was in the baby store, when she was trying to pull of a sale price tag. She thought it was so funny when she pulled it off.  She IS ornery!! (John says she gets it from him….no doubt about it)


I got to feed her rice cereal, then she took a bottle from me.  The nannies said she has 2 bottles a day. (good for mom and daughter bonding!)


Bath time was a VERY silly, happy time.  She really loved the water and even tried to splash me.


All squeaky clean after a looooonnnnggg day!! She is such an amazing gift from heaven.  The kids immediately fell in love with her today…..we all have.  This little girl is already bringing so much joy into our hearts! Please continue to pray for her as she adjusts to our family….that God would give us wisdom to care for her every need.

Words cannot even say all the feelings and emotions we’ve felt all in one day.  She fell asleep very well in her crib, and everyone else is snoozing already too.  So it’s my turn now.  We get up in 7 hrs. for a full day of paperwork.

Will keep posting pictures in the days to come.  We love and miss all our family and friends! Thank you again for all your love and support.

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good” Psalm 118:1


7 thoughts on “Day 3…..Gotcha Day!

  1. Waaawhooo! Love seeing that family of 5 and especially your 3 beautiful children! Love it!! Sending constant love and prayers ~:)

    1. Thank you so much sweet friend!! I know you’ve been right along with me on this journey….I am so thankful to have had you. You always rejoiced at each next step closer to her. And now we are here. It’s so hard to even believe. Just trying to take it all in!!! I love you Ann. Can’t wait to give you a big hug!!

  2. I’ve got chills and tears seeing Elyana with forever family! The wait is over! What a blessed little girl and a blessed family! God is so good!

  3. Your family of 5 is beautiful. These pictures are amazing, made me cry…she looks so comfortable with you guys already…but why shouldn’t she, you are an awesome family!!! Congrats and love!

    1. Hi Karla!! This was a day I will never forget…my whole life. It was amazing how we felt we loved and knew her before even meeting her…..and on that day being able to sweep her up into our arms was amazing beyond words!! Thank you for your joy and excitement along with us. It means so much! Can’t wait for you to meet her.
      I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!

  4. Reblogged this on Red Thread of Love and commented:

    It’s been 2 years since we received our very special early Christmas gift….Elyana Leigh YiXuan Sparks.
    What a year that was….what a day that was…when God poured such a great love into all our hearts through one very sweet girl. I know so many say how kind we are for adopting….but if only they could feel how blessed we are. How truly amazing it feels to be given such eternal gifts. We are the ones who have been blessed beyond measure by these precious little ones. When I read back on this post and watch the video our sister made for us… I’m reminded once again to trust the work God promises He will do. Even when circumstances look bleak, and Satan tries to steal our joy and hope…. if we seek and trust our loving Father, He will guide our every footstep.
    If you’ve met Elyana you know what a joy she is to be around. Her heart had to heal in so many ways, but each day God met us with the grace to help her heal. She would wake up screaming and punching, would throw huge fits and yell for her nannies that cared for her. She had no idea what was happening to her. But she had been redeemed, loved and we weren’t giving up on her. Isn’t that like our loving Dad in heaven? He has never given up on me…even in my most ugly moments….when I was deep in sin. He loved me, chose me, and in His longsuffering love waited as I learned about Him and to reflect Him more. Somedays I feel I have yet a ways to go…but it’s His grace that meets me each morning. “His mercy is new every morning, great is His faithfulness”

    Elyana has grown in so many ways realizing now she was waited for, ached for, and loved. She watches her video that her Aunt Nana made and smiles asking “Did you really go so far to find me?” and we answer all her questions in tender love…”Oh yes…so far….and we ached for you beautiful girl!” How we ached. I have to think we felt something of what God feels for us when He is waiting for us to come to Him. We are chosen. His beloved. His little ones.

    Today we celebrate (just a few days late) Elyana’s Gotcha Day. Truthfully in my lack of sleep and foggy state I forgot. But I’m giving myself some leeway this year. And as John said, Elyana knows every day how loved she is. Not just on the day we met her. She is secure in our love and learning how to deal with 2 very active older brothers right now. With more sleep she is handling life more easily (we all are today..finally).
    She loves easily and gives her smiles freely…..she always has. I have to think this little girl will change the world in very big ways. She already has ours. I just know someday she will give back to the lonely and orphaned what she was given. And I pray always knows her value in Jesus.
    I also can’t help but think about her birth mom in seasons like this. If she aches for a little one she gave up. I pray for her as I look at Elyana, just wondering how beautiful she must be. I can’t imagine living without this treasure of a girl who we are priveledged to love, and feel sorrow for the loss of her birth parents who never knew such JOY in this sweet one. Someday I pray we meet them in heaven…so I ask for their souls to find redemption also. In celebration of all we’ve gained there is always a remembering of what Elyana lost and what every orphan looses when abandoned. But….thankfully we serve a VERY merciful Father who takes the ashes of what we’ve endured and turns them into beauty.
    Today we celebrate that beauty and a God who led us all the way.

    ​ “Let the Little Children Come To Me” ~Jesus

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