Years ago, it became the tradition to buy your new child a set of silks, and take a picture of them on the “red couch” at the White Swan Hotel (the hotel where almost all the new adoptive families stayed) on your last day in China.
Poppy was the last of our kiddos to follow in that tradition.
The White Swan closed its doors in 2011. No more red couch.
When we travelled to bring home Tallula in 2012, I still wanted a picture of my girl in her silks.
I just needed to find a new backdrop.
So we bought her some silks, and let her run loose on Shamian Island.
And it turned out to be great fun trying to capture a bit of the spirit of Miss Tallula.
Those pictures of her are still some of my favorites.
So today we set out with the same end in mind.
To capture our beloved Clementine, so tiny and precious, just as she is.
Sophie wanted to join in as well. And I’m so glad she did.
(Let’s just say, her red couch picture was less than stellar… momma needed some photography classes).
And I may be biased, but I think the two of them make quite the pair.
What a trip this has been. Truly an adventure.
And being able to bring this precious little one home with us honestly feels too good to be true. I know the journey has only just begun, with twists and turns most certainly ahead.
But today I am feeling so very blessed.
Tomorrow morning we fly out of Guangzhou for home. It’s going to be a long 36 hours.
Prayers for vomit-free, illness-free, rash-free travel deeply appreciated.