One More Makes Four…

Today we became a family of four! We got to the civil affairs offices a little before ten, and took care of some paperwork, and then the three of us waited…

I went to look out the window with little M, and we saw a van pull up outside, and I wondered if this was the people bringing out boy, so I started taking pictures…

And it was!

Our boy got a little haircut!

We thought he was just about the cutest little guy we had ever seen…

Little M was beyond excited, and immediately gave him the dog we had brought (thanks, Jillian and Rochelle- it was a winner!), and then went to grab some snacks for him. Just like our little M, food seems to be the way to our boy’s heart.

The transition was quite smooth, easier than we expected. I think having little M there definitely helped. Our poor little guy was obviously terrified, and had already had a hard day with leaving his foster parents just this morning…

He held it together for a bit, then backed away from us, and started crying… but was easily distracted when I took him to the window to look at cars.

He is very smart, he speaks a different dialect of mandarin, so doesn’t quite understand what I say, but he repeats what I say back to me. He shows signs of having a lot of spunk and sass…I think we may have our hands full!

He is precious, and adorable, and I am so glad he is ours!


  1. Musings from Kim K. on April 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Congratulations! Such a beautiful family. Little M is going to make his transition so much easier. It was the best thing we ever did when we brought Emma with us to China to meet her sister. Continued blessings!

  2. dawn on April 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations on being a family of four. He is gorgeous.

  3. Betsy on April 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

    SO thankful for your precious gift!

  4. Lisa on April 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    So happy for you guys! He is so adorable. M is getting so big and what a great big sister she is already!

  5. AJ and Suzy on April 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Congratulation! I am soooo beyond happy and excited for you all! Enjoy the time bonding and getting to know one another! God is soooo good! BIG BIG HUGS to you all!

  6. April on April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Precious siblings! All of ours was in the same room, same van, same rep from the orphanage. So very excited for you! Enjoy!

  7. Brad and Lauren Holmes on April 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

    WOW!!! I got excited chills as I read this post!! I am beyond excited for you guys!!! You have your son!!!!

  8. jessica on April 8, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations!!!!! I am so so excited for you all! What a beautiful family of four you all make! I'm so glad the transition went smoothly, I hope he's doing well and he's letting you help him grieve. Little m looks like a natural big sister!! 🙂

  9. ourchinagirls on April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations!! He's a keeper!

  10. Jen on April 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    AHHHHH! SOOOO excited for you guys! So many answered prayers in one short day. We are continuing to lift you guys up as you transition to being a family of four and as you navigate the paperwork. In the meantime, J is absolutely adorable and we are celebrating with you. We can't wait to welcome him! Love you so much.

  11. Renate on April 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    So sweet. Little M will be such a good sister.

  12. Renate on April 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    So sweet. Little M will be such a good sister.

  13. Melissa on April 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    He is such a handsome grown-up little guy with his haircut and high top shoes. So adorable! I'm glad the initial meeting went smoothly.

  14. foreversistersforeverfriends on April 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Congratulations!I LOVE family days!

  15. J Willis on April 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Wow!!! Such a handsome Boy and a sweet big sis!!!Congrats and many many blessings for the rest of the trip!!!

  16. Over the rainbow ........ on April 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats he is lovely

  17. Paula on April 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  18. Amy on April 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats Joanna!!!!! He is beautiful. You guys make such a cute family.

  19. Brianna Wachter on April 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I've been waiting for this post. Congradulations to the B family! You guys are all together at last. Your little boy is adorable and love, love, love the first family photo. So happy for you guys! God is good.

  20. michelle on April 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Joanna ever so happy for all of you. Such a long road to get to this day but when you hold your little boy for the first time those challenges melt away. Adorable little boy!!! Little M is a big sister, WOW!

  21. Katie rayn on April 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Yea! Congratulations! What a gift!

  22. Robin on April 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    At last!!!! Congratulations on your family of four. He is adorable. I love the picture of him with Little M.

  23. Tanya on April 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Congratulations! What a precious family. 🙂

  24. Bev on April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The photo of Little M handing food to her little brother is so precious. She is such a wonderful big sister. We are so happy for all of you – you are now a family of 4 forever! Enjoy the days ahead and we will continue to enjoy following along on your blog!

  25. Jlstrange on April 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations on your family of four! How exciting! Little M looks like she will be an AWESOME BIG sister! Sending prayers for all of you for the rest of your trip to go smoothly and for a safe journey back to the states.

  26. Brookland Runner on April 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Mazel tov! Very excited for you guys!

  27. Debbie Sauer on April 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Congrats. Looking forward to hearing more. Blessings

  28. Ruthie on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Ahhh! Congrats!!! So happy for y'all!

  29. Annie on April 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    LOVE this moment! What a blessing! He is precious.

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