Twice the Reason to Celebrate

 

We were overjoyed when the timing of our trip to China coincided with the Chinese New Year, and even more so knowing that we would be bringing our adopted sons, Dusting and Travis, home with us.

The Chinese New Year is a festive time when families celebrate together, so even though we had no family home in China to gather, we knew we had every reason to celebrate, and we did. We shared a traditional New Year's dinner and watched a fascinating dragon dance complete with acrobats and fireworks. The colorful dancing, bright lights, and sounds were enchanting for all of us, but expecially for young Dustin and Travis.

Upon returning to New York, we fought off jetlag and three days later, celebrated the Chinese New Year again, this time with our Gladney family and friends. Newest arrivals Dustin and Travis enjoyed the day, made new friends and, while they were still adjusting to life in their new home, had no trouble being the center of attention.

Now settled, we watch the boys greet each new experience with the same wide-eyed wonder and excitement of New Year.

We want to make it easy for you to share your stories with us and with other families who are going through this process. If you recently adopted from the China program and would like to share your photos and stories, here are some story starters:

  • The first time I saw you . . .
  • Our placement day . . .
  • We chose Gladney because . . .
  • Our adoption journey . . .
  • Our rollercoaster ride . . .
  • Not knowing what to expect . . .
  • Gladney helped us . . .
  • The trip home . . .

Please email those stories and photos to us at adoption@gladney.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

We accept all submissions. We may publish, at our discretion, any writings, video footage, recorded statements, photographs or other submitted materials but reserve the right to excerpt or edit materials in size or content. By submitting this material you grant the Gladney Center the right to use, publish and otherwise publicly display this material in the manner the Gladney Center chooses, including use in brochures and on the web.

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