Thursday, February 5, 2009


This is my little friend, Sophie. You may remember me telling you about my friend Sherrie going to China to adopt her. Well, she is coming to preschool now! She has had surgery, and is feeling well, and quickly becoming a typical 3 year old. My friend Sherrie has been so good for her, and has been God led in her mothering of this sweet child.

We are all so happy to have her in our lives. And we thank God for giving this sweet child a chance to be healthy, happy and loved in America.

It amazes me how quickly bonds can form in children. This child came here knowing no one, knowing no language, and sick. And in a short time, she is well, she is speaking English, and understanding more than she speaks, she is bonded to this wonderful family. And what I think is the most amazing thing of all is the fact that she feel confident enough in the love and security of her family, that she is willing to go places without them. In her little mind, she KNOWS this is her forever family, and she is free now to learn of life, to enjoy new experiences, to grow and become the wonderful girl God planned her to be...knowing all the while that she has a family waiting there to lift her up if she falls, to wipe a tear if she cries, and give her hugs for no reason at all.

Sherrie, thank you for sharing her with us. We are blessed by you both!


racheld said...

Awww, Tonja!! What a wonderful friend you have. And what a beautiful Princess.

And you know I have a particular fondness for green aprons---I'm wearing one right now.

justabeachkat said...

This post gave me sweet chills. As you know, our son and daughter-in-love (who have three children of their own) are STILL waiting to adopt from China. It's so hard to be patient, but we're trying. Princess Sophie is adorable.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

How precious. Praise the Lord for such unions. I wonder if the biological parents ever wonder about their children. I know in China they have to get rid of all but boys. But, wonder if the children ever get to discover their roots if they so choose. It wouldn't be as easy as an American adoption.

Looks like we have one very bright shining star in the looms. So much advancement already for her at the young age of three.

Musicaljean said...

What a beautiful love story, a beautiful girl, and a beautiful name (not that I'm partial, or anything!!)

Sherrie said...

Tonja, Thank you for the sweet post about Sophie. She is amazing and I am so proud of her. I love the fact that so many people have shared in the transformation of my sweet baby girl.

Unfortunately, Sophie will never know about her birth family...these babies are abandoned. You are charged a very large fine for having more than one child and they do not allow you to safely give your child to an orphanage. It is against the law to abandon your childl so that is why there is no identification. Usually there is a note telling their birthday. These babies are just left in public places usually in the middle of the night until someone finds is so sad.

Sophie was left safely at the hospital at 9 months of age. Her parents never came back to get her. She had had surgery and I am sure that they just could not afford it. Not sure if they gave their true identity or why they were not arrested. I am guessing they probably gave false information to the hospital.

The wait for her was long and agonizing but it is just a faded memory for me now. Everyday with her is such a sweet blessing. My heart aches for the parents that are waiting for their babies. My heart leaps for the joy that they will soon be experiencing.

Sherrie said...
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Nai Nai said...

So sweet!!!
Sophie has come a long way and I would love to just keep her with me everyday but she needs her little friends. She is a delight and full of energy. She is no longer a sacred & sick liitle China girl. As Sophie tells everyone " am Sophie from China/American" LOL

Melinda said...

She is such a little doll! I remember reading earlier posts about her adoption. I am so glad she is doing so well!