Emma Renee Koehler
- Name: Shelly and Joe
- Location: Orlando, Florida, United States
We had our beautiful son Ethan after 5 years of marriage. We have been trying for 8 years to have another. When we told Ethan the doctor said there would be no more children he suggested adoption. We were stunned. He explained that a boy in his class had 3 sisters from Central America. Ethan asked; "Why can't we just get one of the kids who don't have any families?" There was no reason why not...So we jumped into the world of international adoption!
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Remembering the Preperation
Friday, March 24, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Since We've Been Home...
Emma is doing well. She is walking (running) she says a few words like Mama, Baba and Bye Bye. She likes to wave at people, dance and clap her hands. She is great fun and we are all enjoying her very much.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Emma and Ethan
Ethan met us at the door with a huge hug and a smile. Within moments he was taking his big brother role very seriously. Emma thinks he is cool... and he is. Our reunion was tearful and promises were made never to be apart for that long agian. We all slept together in one huge bed and snuggled.
We would like to thank Dean, Terry, Nathaniel, and Emily for taking care of Ethan for us and helping us get through this huge adventure. We could not have done it without you. We love you and miss you already.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
WE ARE COMING HOME!
Is she American or is she Chinese? She is both. She is traveling with a Chinese Passport but the minute we land and her passport is stamped in Los Angeles she will be an American Citizen.
We fly out in just a few short hours. China has been a wonderful experience. We will miss China and look forward to visiting again within the next few years. We have been struck with the beauty of the country and it's people. Don't be suprised if you see huge things come out of China over the next few years. This is a country with thousands of years of history and an ingenuity to get things done. We are foverver touched and changed by this experience and can't wait to experience more of this wonderful place.
Ethan - Buddy you have been so brave to wait for us. We miss you and can't wait to see you. Next time we come we will come as a complete family. You will love China. We love you and will see you soon.
WE LOVE YOU - Momma and Daddy
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
American Food - Finally!
The Island we are staying on is small and wonderful. Joe and Sonny are out walking with the girls while Treva and I do some power shopping. Then we all hook up at Lucy's Bar and Grill for some real American food. Cheeseburgers, fries and Beer. I don't think any of us realized how much we missed this type of food until we had some. It was the best burger and beer I have ever had. We have all agreed to eat here every day until we leave. Pictured Emma and her friend Ellie are having their first taste of Mashed Potato.... It was a hit!
Making New Friends
Leaving Behind Our New Friends
Yesterday we left Nanchang, leaving behind James and Evelyn. It is funny how close we all felt to these two people who helped us through one of the most difficult, emotional and happiest times of our lives. There was not a dry eye in the house. We may have left them in Nanchang but they will always be in our hearts. We have never met two more compitent, organized, driven and loving people in our lives. We spent 9 days with them and they introduced us to "real China". We will miss them and can't wait to return.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Final Thoughts on Nanchang
Well tonight is our last night in Nanchang. My final thoughts are this: I have never met so many kind and wonderful people. Everyone here is interesting and interested. A walk in the park early morning revealed people doing tai chi on floating docks... it looks like their dancing on boats... ladies doing a modern interpretation to some pop music and a wonderful gentleman playing a beautiful tune on his flute. They are all friendly and welcoming. I was ready to start the modern dance myself.