Wednesday, March 19, 2008

a picture says a MILLION words

This is a picture I don't think I posted when we were in China. After being interviewed for an article for our local paper about "Going Global" (people who have made a difference in a global way, and ours is about Julia's adoption), I thought of this photo. I don't even remember Brion taking the picture of Wayne and I. We had just been handed Julia's photo album that contained her earliest pictures and many nice little poems. I recall being so emotional and very upset that my newest daughter only has 8 or so "baby pictures" of her life before us. Wayne looks just like a hopeful new dad, so proud of what's going on. I'm so grateful to Brion for snapping this photo off when he did. I think it captures the true emotions of adoption and how different moms and dads can be.

You could ask me anything about that day and I can remember it exactly. Meeting Julia for the first time at the civil affairs building was like being in the delivery room for Cam and Anna. But with more people and another family in our same room. It was nice only having one other family to share that experience with. Liz and Brion have really become life-long friends that I can't imagine being without. Brion was the adventerous one, trying new foods, walking and checking out everything. Liz and I joke that we can't think of what it would be like to adopt again without the other couple there. Guess we're going to have to adopt again at the same time!! LOL!

5 comments:

Aunt Cheryl said...

Yes, a picture does tell a thousand words.

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Yep! Each of my children has a 'birthed into our family story'. Each unique and beautiful and eventful!!

Dawn said...

I love that photo! I can recount every second of the moments each of my kiddos entered our lives. Unfortunately I don't really have photos of any of them right after "birth" Back in the 80's when Adam was born you just didn't bring cameras in there. Kait has a quick poloroid because she was then rushed to the NICU and with EmmaLi we traveled alone and didn't even have the video camera aimed correctly. But the images in my mind are very strong even now!

liz said...

Melissa, your picture takes me back to China. Great, wasn't it?

Melissa Wagner said...

Liz,

Yes, it was great. I'm still amazed at how the kids have turned out. I'm ready to tempt fate and do it again...what about you? ;-)