It’s Official

May 10, 2006

Dang Kang Yang (Katherine Mei) is officially ours.

We completed all the paperwork and formalities at the Civil Affairs Office this morning.

Katherine has had a very difficult time. She only slept 4 hours last night and we had to pace around the room with her to sooth her. She insists on being held and carried around all the time. She cries so hard and rubs her eyes if we set her down … we know that she is scared of all the changes and not feeling well either. The Deputy Director from the orphanage was concerned this morning when we arrived at the Civil Affairs Office and told us that Katherine had been sick recently and that she needed to be on antibiotics (which we had already started giving her yesterday).

Even with all of her fussiness, Hunter has been a “champ”, although he does run from the room during diaper changes.

We will post an update to this entry once we have another chance to sit and reflect on the day. Please do keep Katherine in your prayers … for her healing, both physical and emotional.

We really appreciate everyone's encouraging words in the comments and emails.

With Love from China,
The Smith Family

PS: Sorry for not posting many pictures today.


May 10, 2006
Welcome Ms. Katherine Smith. Heavenly Father, we pray for healing both physically and emotionally for little Katherine. We have seen you work in amazing ways and we rest in faith knowing that you have good plans for the Smith family. Father give them endurance to finish this leg of the race and reassurance that YOU will never leave them.

May 10, 2006
Father God: Today we pray especially for precious little Katherine Mei, for her healing in physical and emotional ways, which we know You can and will relieve. You are our ONLY true source of comfort and healing during especially trying times, and we entrust this time to you now. Give Hunter, Trey, and Michelle the endurance and strength they so need now for this trip back to Katherine's "forever" home, where everyone is excitedly awaiting their return. In faith and trust, Janet and Steve
carol diamond
May 10, 2006
This morning I was thinking about how awesome God is to provide Hunter with his "celebrity" experiences to help him understand how different he looks than what Katherine is used to. I know that he will provide healing for Katherine in body and spirit. He is with you always! You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Love in Christ, Carol
May 10, 2006
UNBELIEVABLE! We have just been able to log on and feel so blessed to be a part of God's miracle in your lives. THANK YOU! Dito on the "chills and tears." These pictures are priceless - from her tears to your smiles to the amazing country. We're so proud of that Hunter too. He is going to be such a loving big brother. Be sure to tell him that his friends here think he is pretty cool with all these pictures. Our prayers continue to be with all four of the Smith family. Much love, The Sigmons
May 11, 2006
She is so beautiful and the pictures of you two holding your child is beyond words. I prayed for Katherine Mei this morning that the God of miracles would touch her little body and heart and place her in His healing hands. Give Hunter a big hello for me and tell him how proud we all are of the big brother. You two try and get some rest.
In His Service,
June Suddreth

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