Vivi in bloom

After the group shot session, Asher and I returned to the red couch for a few more shots. The lighting is so lovely in the White Swan with the ceiling high windows and I couldn’t resist trying to get just a few more shots of Miss Vivi while she was in her traditional Chinese outfit.

After all, the red couch photo is the epitome of the whole China adoption trip. And I wanted to give my girl another shot at looking her loveliest. I know she’ll thank me someday.

Yeah, right.

Unfortunately, Vivi really wasn’t interested in having her picture taken to begin with, and even less interested after 30 minutes of our group picture session. But Asher and I did our best to get, if not a big grin, at least a content expression out of our girl.

I have to say, even without a smile, she takes my breath away.



  1. The photos of Vivi are darling…she is beautiful. Oh, I am sure that her daddy and siblings are excited to have you all home…soon!!!
    Prayers for your travels!!!

  2. Praying for safe travel and no air sickness.

    Beautiful pictures of Vivi. I can't wait to hear about her homecoming.

  3. Janet and Kevin says:

    Yippee Jesus!

    Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and soon to be home Eli

  4. could she be any cuter???
    and YAY for coming home!!

  5. Oh Stephanie – she is just so darling! Can't wait to see her with the rest of your bunch!!
    Praying for a safe & uneventful trip home….

  6. my god she is just such a gorgeous little girl~! those eyes always get right to my heart… :O)

    so glad you guys are on the way home!

  7. Football & Fried Rice says:

    Vivi is cute even without a smile! With those lips, she can do whatever she wants!

    next stop: HOMECOMING!!!!!!!

  8. Stefanie, I've thought from your first pictures of her, that I don't think I've seen a child who looks so beautiful even if she is not smiling. WOW! Thanks for "taking us" with you! It was super fun!

  9. mom2three says:

    she is so beautiful!! Glad to hear you are heading home 😉 I hope Asher feels better on the plane trip..many prayers for him.


  10. Patricia/NYC says:

    Beautiful photos of precious Vivi!!
    I'm sure your home is jumping with excitement right about now awaiting the arrival sweet & sassy Vivi!!
    Prayers for your safe travels!!

  11. I can't wait to see this flower bloom with her brothers and sisters at home. I can't wait to see the homecoming.

    Prayers for the trip home.

  12. Heather Thompson says:

    Vivi is just breathtaking! I've probably already said that but if not, I've thought it every time I see her picture! She will fit in beautifully with your family;) Praying for an uneventful trip home!!!

  13. Love the photos! Looking forward to talking with you when you get home!

  14. Beautiful Red Couch photos!

  15. The Ferrill's says:

    We're praying everyone home safe and sound!

  16. What a beautiful addition to a already beautiful family!! I've enjoyed waking up to rush to the computer to check for your updates. I joked with my husband as we're packing to leave in 6 days for our first China adoption, that I bet all you and Asher took were backpacks because you had it down to a science!!! Welcome Home!

    Blessings, Stacy

  17. safe travels!!!!

  18. *Overflowing* says:

    What a doll!!! I just love seeing her pictures!

  19. She is breathtaking. Praying for your flight–especially for no air sickness. I can't wait to hear about her homecoming!

  20. Those are beautiful pictures! Congratulations again and praying for a safe and "effortless" trip home!

  21. Yep, breathtaking! Vivi is so precious, Stephanie, oh my word!

    Praying for safe, comfy and uneventful travel home…can't wait to hear about Vivi's meeting Daddy and all the rest of her sweet siblings…so happy you will all be together soon! :)

  22. Gorgeous!!!! Welcome home Miss Vivi!!!!

  23. Nicole A. says:

    Beautiful, beautiful! Wishing you safe, uneventful travels … and a sweet, happy homecoming with your whole family!!

    All the best,
    Nicole A. in OH

  24. carolinagirl says:

    your vivi is a sweetheart! i am praying for safe travels home. cannot wait for an update!

  25. Jodee Leader says:

    Adorable pictures! I enjoyed following your journey!

  26. I agree, take your breath away beauty. I am excited to see your whole crew together.

  27. Mei Mei s and Mayhem says:

    She is just beautiful!!

    Safe travels home, cant wait to see the family together.

  28. She's lovely! I can't wait to see her with the rest of the crew. She really looks like she will easily find her place and fit right in!

  29. David and Sarah says:

    Vivi is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  30. Alyson & Ford says:

    Wonderful pictures! Yes, she will love to talk about them as she grows up, keep one handy in some of her favorite books.
    AA loves to hear over and over how she was a "good girl" while waiting in China for her Mommy and Daddy. You will love to see the joy in her face when Vivi can look back and see these baby pictures.
    (You are so lucky, AA wouldn't stop crying or let go of me during the red couch photos).

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

  31. Steffi,
    She takes everyone's breath away!! :) Hope your homecoming was super exciting (once you hit ground) and uneventful (in the air!) all at the same time!

    Lifting prayers and thanking God for your precious children, they are all sweet reminders of God's tender promises!!

    Love to you all,

  32. Oh she take my breath away too. She is stunningly beautiful.

  33. Kim from 3 peanuts says:

    Sorry Stef…that last comment from Karen is acutally me I am posting fro her while she is in CHina and I keep forgetting to log out:( Anyway Vivi is a vision of loveliness.

  34. Livin' out loud says:

    I miss China, I miss the baby that was placed in my arms there…she is growing up to fast…and I think I left a piece of my heart back there in that little room.
    It changes you forever, doesn't it?

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