Monday, November 17, 2008

Visiting California families

Last week while we were in Northern California for our meeting with Lesley and Taz, we had the opportunity to meet a couple of families that have already adopted from Japan that we have been communicating with via e-mail.

It was very nice to catch up with Eryn, Gregor, and their girls Emi (adopted from Kazakhstan) and Miya (adopted from Japan) as well as Nancy (her hubby Tim wasn't able to join us this time, but we're hoping to meet him in December when we visit) and their kids Tripp and Kira (both adopted from Japan, *before the requirement was in place that you are only able to adopt if you don't have other children). The Cech's treated us to dinner at Taro's, along with another couple going through the process - Brian and Ju from Florida.

Back left Brian and Ju, us

Front left Nancy and Tripp, Miya and Eryn, Gregor and Emi

These families were the first and second to go through the Japan program, so of course we appreciate their insight, and seeing their adorable kids is an added bonus for us - it always helps to see that at the end of this journey we will really have a baby.

Here are a couple pictures of us with Kira - Kira is just 4 1/2 months old and very sweet and snuggly. I'm not sure Miya or Tripp would have appreciated us wanting to hold them, as they very mobile at almost 2 years old, but Miss Kira was very accommodating.

Jennifer, Dean, and Kira
Kira and Jennifer

Aren't they cute?!

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