Gazing Upward

October25th

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We proudly introduce to you our daughter,
Virginia Grace Xue Brown
Born: November 25, 2008
Xue is part of her given Chinese name, and it means “snow.” The Chinese character is used as a symbol of whiteness, purity, and beauty in a woman.


Many of you have traveled this journey of adoption with us thus far as we’ve patiently completed the homestudy and mountains of paperwork, and then switched to the Special Needs program in early September. This morning we accepted the referral of this beautiful girl!! She turns 11 months tomorrow. We are so thrilled!!! Scott pretty much fell in love with her at first sight. 🙂 God truly redeemed this day, the due date of the twins we lost in March. How perfect for God to give us the gift of Virginia Grace on this very day!

Virginia Grace (and we’re not sure which part of her name we’re using yet…Scott thinks she looks like a “Grace”) is currently in Southwestern China. We cannot publicly state the exact city due to restrictions, but we have been told she is in one of the very best orphanages in China. She is partly in foster care that is under the supervision of the welfare institute, so we feel that she’s getting love and attention daily.

Her file says that she is active, outgoing, has a ready smile, is fond of music, likes to be teased, cries loudly when unhappy, loves to be held, and has a good appetite. It also says she is a very smart and sweet girl. We can tell just by her pictures that she has quite a personality!

We are expected to travel to pick her up 4-6 months from now. It takes time for paperwork to be reviewed, etc. We’re praying that we can go as soon as possible…hoping for March! In the meantime, we can send a care package to her. In it, we can include pictures of our family so she can begin to familiarize herself with our faces. We also found a company that will deliver a birthday cake to her on her 1st birthday and take pictures!! We feel so very blessed and giddy with joy. Carter’s been pointing at her pictures and saying, “Baby!!”

I am sure we’ll be sharing more details with you here on the blog until we bring Virginia Grace home but wanted to at least get the good news out on this exciting day!

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