Emma Renee Koehler

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

Last Year this time we were getting ready to travel. It seems like a lifetime ago. We are quickly comming up on 1 year since Gotcha Day. Emma is amazing and beautiful. She is smart, fiesty, and loving. She is the perfect fit for our family! We miss all our friends from our travels. It is funny how close we felt to a group of complete strangers. A day doesn't go by when we don't think about them.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Since We've Been Home...

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Since we've been home we have been busy. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, First Birthday, and the warm warm spring of Florida.

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


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

The flight to Guangdong Province was an hour and 10 minutes. With 16 crying babies on board I think the other paying passengers were wishing they had taken another flight. We were all tired and sad to leave James and Evelyn but we were greeted by Nancy and Maggie who were thrilled to see us and have been our cheerleaders through these final and exhausting days. After we arrived at the hotel we had to take the babies for their visa photo's and medical exam. Then one parent from each family was to come to the 3rd floor for a paperwork meeting. This is when I realized I forgot my consulate envelope at home in Florida. I was sick to my stomach as I went to the meeting thinking we were going to be denied entry into the U.S.. When I told Nancy what I had done she told me not to worry they have duplicates. Needless to say I had a melt down. I cried (sobbed) their in the hallway with my groupmembers holding me up. I have never been so relieved. After I got controll of myself we filled out the paper... It was fairly easy but since we were all tired it took a while. Today the paperwork was sent to the American Consulate for approval. Tomorrow we go take the Oath and then Friday morning we are out of here.

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

We are the center of attention all the time... Here you see Emma pictured with lots of elderly women who were acting like over protective Grandmothers.

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.