Going Home!

May 17, 2006

It is our last night in China, and our last post until we arrive home on Thursday evening.

Today we went to the U.S Consulate in Guongzhou for the swearing in ceremony for Katherine to become a U.S. citizen. Once we land in Chicago she will be an American! We feel so blessed that she is now a part of our family.

Today was also the red couch photo day. The red couch photo is a tradition with families adopting from China. The White Swan Hotel has a red couch, and all of the children from our travel group get a photo of the children on the red couch. Katherine was the very first to voice her disapproval of this tradition. Then all of the other children chimed in as well. Her little personality comes out more and more each day, and we are so happy to see her loving life.

Our journey to adopt Katherine has been a long road, and often times emotionally exhausting. I have a new respect for adoptive parents, as this is not an easy road to take, but worth every minute of it. We canít imagine our lives without her now. Hunter is a wonderful big brother, and Katherine laughs at him often. I hope that they will always be close to each other and have the special bond that they do now.

Thank you all for your love and support. We feel so blessed to have such supportive family and friends. Your emails while we have been in China have up lifted us up when we needed it the most. Youíre the best!

Coming Home!
Michelle, Trey, Hunter and Katherine


May 17, 2006
Welcome home Katherine! We are all very excited to see the Smith Family 4 .........for the first time. God is good- all the time!

Much love, The Sigmons
May 17, 2006
Welcome home! Your house and bird are OK. We can't wait to meet Katherine. Talbot & Family
May 18, 2006
Oh how your Katherine has changed in a short time! Can't wait to meet her!

May 18, 2006
A new world awaits you all. I can't wait to meet Ms. Katherine. We leave in the morning to get Adrianna so we will have to set up a play date when we get home.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey and praying for you family.

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