Here she is.
Our littlest bundle. In her outrageous cuteness.
Her name will be Penelope Gayle. Penelope just because we love the name, and it really seems to fit her much better than the other names we’d considered. And we chose the middle name Gayle to honor my mother… known by our littles as G.G.
And we will call her Poppy. Or Pip. Or baby-girl-ball-of-chubby-thigh-cuteness.
Whichever comes first.
She is waiting for us in Guangdong province.
And she turned one just two days after we were matched.
And we celebrated.
With pink cupcakes, of course.
We are so blessed… thanking God for answered prayers.
Can’t wait to bring you home, Poppy!
Ah…simply beautiful. Congratulations to you all!
She is perfect! God BLESS YOU ALL! Congrats!!!
She is so beautiful…your whole family is!
Love the name.
Ni Hao Poppy!!! What a beautiful precious child!!!
love, love, LOVE the family picture at the end. It just radiates LOVE and JOY!!! So so happy Stefanie ;)she is just so stinkin' adorable.
jessica ann says
Oh my goodness!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!! She is beautiful!
HomeSchool Mommy says
Congrats! The first picture looks like she's standing against a blue 'P', so that just MUST be the right name for her!
Jennifer and Greg says
You are so blessed and she is adorable. Congratulations!
Adorable name for a beautiful little girl. So happy for you.
Poppy! wonderful name. Congrats. She is beautiful.
She deffinently has the big beautiful eyes! I love the name! Congratulations to your the family.
Ahhh…Poppy is perfect! And isn't she a sweetie? Wow. Wow. Wow. Congratulations to you and your family!
She is beautiful! Big congrats to your big family!
Freedom Hollow Farmgirl says
She is amazing. Congratulations and welcome Poppy!!! : )
Notice how the arm on the chair she's holding is a giant letter "P"? What a doll!
Congratulations! May God bless your journey to your sweet baby with His love & grace! She is precious and I LOVE her name! so PERFECTLY hers! 🙂
Awww. What a cutie. Especially in that second picture, I see a healthy dose of mischief in those big beautiful eyes!
I'd be curious to see the whole message written on the sheet behind her….something like "Every Pecalls my yearning….."? Maybe whoever wrote that also wrote that my son crosses buttons with glass fibers! You have to love Chinese English (which I'm sure is far better than my English Chinese!)
Congratulations! She is precious!
She is soooo adorable! Congrats to all of you!
Congratulations…what a beauty!
What an absolute cutie-pie! I cannot wait to follow your journey. Congratulations! Her hand is similar to my daughter's, with little nubbins. My heart melts for these little girls.
Beautiful name for a gorgeous girl. Congrats.
One Happy Momma says
Love her name too!
David and Sarah says
Oh my! She is just a teasure! And she will certainly have a wonderful family soon!
Congratulations…she's lovely! My middle name is Gayle, too. :o)
She is just beautiful! Those eyes are something else, can't wait to follow your journey.
BEAUTIFUL, ADORABLE Poppy!!!
Awwwwwwwwwww…..precious! Absolutely precious!!! Love her name! 🙂
Congratulations to all of you!
She is absolutely darling! Congratulations on another wonderful blessing.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have been checking in all morning to see your blessing. Penelope is such a punkin'! :o)
What a little beauty!! Congrats.
She is SO precious and I LOVE the name! Our little one turned 1 just two days after our LOI and we celebrated with cupcakes too!! I am hoping that our PA comes as quickly as yours did and we figure out a name before we travel 🙂
The Milfords says
Oh. My. She is simply beautiful! Congratulations!!
Ohh, ohh, ohh!! Maybe I'll get to meet Poppy in Guangzhou!!! Love the chubby legs!
She is sweet Stef! I'm so happy for you.
We got matched the same day with a little one year old girl from Guangdong! And we just got our PA today too!!! Congrats!
Rita and John says
Oh, she is just gorgeous! You must be so excited to go get her and bring her home! And I love the photo of the cupcake celebration. 🙂
The Stiffs says
She is beautiful and you chose the perfect name.
Oh Stefanie she is adorable! We just got our PA last night too. Hop over to my blog and see my little cutie!
Yeah! She's adorable adn I love the name. We have a Guangdong girl too!
4 Blessings says
She is beautiful! Congratulations!!
Carey and Norman says
Congratulations! So excited for your family. Penelope is precious and I love her name! Vivi and Poppy…a perfect pair!!
Nicole A. says
So very, very happy for you all! She is precious beyond words, isn't she! Love the name, too!
Continued prayers for a quick, easy process to bring that sweet baby girl home. What a terrific family she will have!
All the best,
Nicole A. in LA (not in OH any more!)
Breathtaking with beauty!
It is so awesome to see the true joy radiating from your hubby's and kids' faces.
What a wonderful blessing!
Congratulations!! She is just precious:)
Learning Together at Home says
Just look at those beautiful eyes. 🙂 Poppy is a blessing to add to a house already overflowing with blessings!
Congratulations! Such sweet referral photos. She is just beautiful!!! You had me completely fooled on her name. Poppy is an adorable name for an absolutely adorable little girl!
What a stunning photo of Chris and the kids, too.
Team Gilbert says
LOVE LOVE LOVE….the whole package!!! Love her name, love her big brown eyes, love the Family pic! God has BLESSED you all so much! Thank you for sharing those blessings with us Stefanie. Now I'm going to go back and look at her 500 more times! She is so cute!
Congratulations on your sweet Poppy! She is just beautiful!
She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.
What a cutie. She has the most beautiful, big eyes. I love the name. I cannot wait to follow you to China, again.
What a major cutie-pie!!! Congratulations. I will pray for speedy travel.
The Gang's Momma! says
Oh, my. Congratulations. She's adorable. So happy for you. And for little Poppy. Which, by the way, is the cutest, squeeze-your-cheeks-and-kiss-you-all-over name I've ever heard. LOVE it. Can't wait to follow along again….
Congratulations! She is adorable, and the name definitely fits. 🙂
Lost and Found says
Love the name and she's just precious. My stepmother is Gail and Em calls her G.G. At the 12th hour I was thinking Phoebe, Penelope. Congrats and speedy wishes for that TA
What a SWEETIE!!!! And the name? Totally suits her! Just beautiful!!
Congratulations to all of you!!
Mary Beth says
She is so sweet! Congratulations!!!
She's a sweetheart. Congratulations to you. Love her big, big eyes.
How wonderful Stephanie, you were right! She's perfect!!! I SOO love your name, my mamma is a Gayle also (even spelled the same) and I have a Kenna Gayle! We are also LID on 09/17..so who knows maybe see ya in Guangzhou!!! You may remember my Sammy is also from Isabella orphanage in Huaian..not many from there!!! We'll have lots to talk about 😉
Emma Kate's family says
Congratulations! Just think, you prayed over her without knowing her then when you were there bringing Vivi home! How amazing is our Lord?!
Aww, I am honored you chose the name I suggested…which means I won't be using it but that's ok, an 8 year old wants more of a choice in her name anyway….and you can help me come up with one!! She is a sweety!! Can't wait to follow your journey !!
Poppy…how absolutely perfect! She is beautiful and I can't wait to see her in your arms and the arms of your family!! Congratulations!
She is darlin'!!!!!
And I love her name. I love how happy it is.
You're right…she is a Poppy!
Praying that you get to bring this little one home SOON!!!
The Oswalds says
Congratulations! She is beautiful! So happy for your family! & Miss Poppy!
Oh my she is ADORABLE!! Congratulations!
Fliss and Mike Adventures says
This is so awesome… congrats…
Oh My!!! Holy Cuteness!
Global Girl says
So happy for y'all!
Oh my gosh….Poppy! You're killin' me with the ADORABLE name! Love it!
She is beautiful. I"m soooo happy for you guys!
OMGosh what a beautiful baby! Your daughters are going to go nuts over her! Congrats to your entire family!
She is a doll baby!!
She is so adorable, I'm crying right now. Also rejoicing that another precious child of God has found a forever family. I'm all the more anxious now to see our baby.
Love the pink cupcakes!!
So happy for such a loving and generous family!!!
LOVE the name … LOVE the new bundle of joy. She's adorable. Looking forward to following your journey to China, again.
Rach@In His Hands says
Precious Poppy! Congrats on your newest little sweetie!
Dusty Drosche says
CONGRATULATIONS! She is beautiful!
Tara Anderson says
What a darling!!! And great choice on the name…I love it!!!
Meister Family says
Congratulations! She is so very sweet…..and so is her name! I can't wait to follow your journey.
She is just precious!!! Love those eyes! 😉 How exciting! I'm learning the process…how long will it be before you'll get to snuggle that little angel?
CUTE, CUTE, C-U-T-E!!! Poppy is perfect as is Penelope for this sweetheart. 🙂 And we'll be headed to Guangdong too for Kaleb…but I think you'll beat us by a few months. Vivi is going to have soooo much fun with her!
sweet! sweet! Sweet!!! Congratulations!
She's beautiful!! My little girl has amniotic banding syndrome affecting both her hands…and she is AMAZING, teaches me and everyone else around her that fingers are SO over-rated! Be prepared for your jaw always to be on the floor with what this adorable cutie will do…
Congratulations to you all!
Oh, Stefanie! She is beautiful!!! Congratulations to you and your family!
The Ferrill's says
And she is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations to your whole family! LOVE the name, Stefanie!
Oh my word! What absolute cuteness! She is outrageously adorable.
I am overwhelmed with happiness for you! Congrats! She is PRECIOUS! This is just the best news I have heard all day!
Poppy is precious!
And I love the name, it suits her perfectly.
What a fun celebration for your family, thanks for sharing!
Lee Ann says
She is adorable. Congratulations! Looking forward to the news that you've brought her home…
She is adorable! I love how her eyes "pop" out at you…. Poppy will suit her just fine. Look forward to reading all about her and your journey to get her…..
Congratulations!! She is beautiful!! She will be a perfect fit in your family!! So happy for you!!
Daisy Dreams says
What a cutie! Love her name, too. This means you have PA…congratulations!
She is adorable! But man you have a whole gaggle of beautiful kids there!!! What a blessing!
Mrs. S. says
You made my day!!!
So happy for you and your family!
She is beautiful and her name fits her perfectly!
Congratulations to you all!
What a gorgeous girl! This is the first thing I checked this morning before heading out to march in a parade for sports day…and I'm so glad I did! 🙂 Love the name! And with eyes like that, something tells me another little girl will have her daddy wrapped around her finger. 🙂
Congrats- She is one beautiful blessing for all of you!
Congrats! She will be a perfect addition!
I just wanted to let you know that I was here earlier, I had to pop back in just to take in this baby girl one more time. My goodness, what a beauty she is. THOSE EYES!
Oh! One more thing about those eyes…is it just me, or do her beautiful eyes favor those of sweet Shepherd?
Sue Mom of Two says
What a little sweetheart! Welcome to your forever family, little Poppy!
oh my!!! this photo took my breath away!!! i can't wait to read along about your journey
She is BEAUTIFUL!!!! So happy for you all and I love the name, Poppy. 🙂
anne and mike says
What a little nugget of cuteness!! Such beautiful eyes, I think I see a little mischief if them….
Valerie and Jeff says
What a perfect name for a precious little girl! She has beautiful eyes and will make your family even MORE wonderful. It amazes me how seamlessly you guys seem to gather your children into your family! What a blessing when you listen and are obedient to the Lord … and you guys just are super good at it all or something! Amazing!
Heather (Chaos Controller!) says
She is a beauty! (And will be entering a wondering, caring, family with lots and lots of love to share). Congratulations Y'all! 🙂
Love!! What a gorgeous and absolutely beautiful baby girl little Poppy is!! 🙂 Congratulations!
So happy for you. Poppy is a perfect name for her. Can't wait to follow along on your journey.
Holy moly, she's ADORABLE!! She has amazing eyes and her little legs look just like Kerry's did when she was younger, which means they probably have an adorable jiggle with every step she takes. Can't wait to see her with her new family!
She is as yummy as those cupcakes!!!!
She is so beautiful! I couldn't get the computer page open fast enough! So happy for you all!
We'll be praying for Poppy while she is waiting on her mommy to bring her home. Soooo happy for y'all. She is beautiful. God is so good!!!
Joe and Jane says
What a sweetheart! LOVE the name too!
Congratulations!!!! Welcome Poppy:) I have an Aunt Penelope – she goes by Peni…
how adorable! This was a name we were thinking of when we chose Sophie, Phoebe and Penelope (penny) were at the top. Poppy, well, that is pretty dang cute
tell me you have heard of poppy dip! you must go buy a dress from her! We have three of them and love them
wait, forgot to say Poppy is so cute! little thing, sweet sweet eyes and of course I love her widdle hand, looks like my shepherds
Love the name! We love Piper and well, praying when God reveals her to us~we will have a Piper! Praying for you, your family, and Poppy!!
Born Again Dreams says
Waited anxiously for this post!! Congrats! Penelope was the name of my best friend in HS. I love the nickname Poppy. Have you read the book titled the same by Avi? Your new daughter is beautiful!!!
Diane from CT
Team Houston says
Congrats to the whole family!! xoxo Michele
Goodness and Mercy Mom says
Stefanie, thanks for sharing your first pics of your new daughter. She is beautiful–my goodness, those eyes! And I love her name! I can't wait to follow her journey home.
Love the name… LOVE her!!!!!
Congrats Mommy of TEN!!! You Rock!!!
OMGosh! I'm so happy for you guys! She is beyond gorgeous!!!
OH MY STARS!
She is gorgeous with a precious name to match!
And those eyes … I am truly captivated.
Selfishly hoping our paths cross in China or Hong Kong this trip!
Love & Blessings,
I already told ya how insanely cute she is but I have to say it again!!! She is just ADORABLE!!! Love the name and she does look like a Penelope!!!! Very sweet! I am so happy for you all!
She is amazing! My daughter loves the picture books, "Princess Poppy" by Janie Louise Jones! I can't wait to follow along on your adventure to bring her home! Congrats!
OMG – that child needs some serious whiskers on her cheeks, neck and tummy! I can hear the giggles and squeals from here!
hugs – aus and co.
What a sweetheart!! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. Now, what, I want to understand is this: are you like the most efficient mom on the planet (or is it that I'm the most inefficient??) You will soon be the mom of ten and I can barely make it as the mom of one (and waiting for #2)!!
Poppy is adorable!
I love your photo with the pink cupcakes.
When I see your photographs, I always see love.
They are very sweet…
Congrats! She is adorable and I love the name! So, who's traveling this time?
Football and Fried Rice says
Guangdong, huh? Two weeks in a place you've NEVER been 😉
Well, at least not with Poppy!!
I am sure you know you are getting ready for the ride of your life. And what a sweet one it will be.
Poppy is darling – can't wait to see #10 come home!!
Poppy! Dang, you outdid yourselves! What a great name! Congratulations, she's precious!
Mei Mei s and Mayhem says
She is gorgeous!!! Congrats!! The orphanage that she is at they always keep their hair almost bald on the sides and back and have it very short and spikey on the top. That is exactly what our daughter looked like on Gotcha Day!!
She's beautiful! Congrats! Great name also. 🙂
3 Peanuts says
Oh she is a bundle of pure cuteness!!! AND I adore her name. Penelope is darling. the nicknames are sweet as well. "vivi and poppy" I can just hear it now.
How precious she is! Congratulations!
Your Southern Peach says
Congratulations! She is a beautiful little angel.
Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful blessing! Adorable name too! 🙂 Poppy is super-cute (both the name, and the girl)!
Wild Olive says
Oh, Poppy – I love ya already!
Love, Auntie To-leen
Oh yes!! Poppy for those poppin gorgeous eyes. Congratulations, she is just beautiful!!!
Adorable!!!! Congrats 🙂
Jennifer Barbee says
Have you noticed that the blue bar on the chair she is holding on to is shaped like a P ?
Oh my! I love the name(s) and she is BEAUTIFUL!
Stef, she is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!
a Tonggu Momma says
Congratulations Ni Hao crew! Poppy is a beautiful name for a beautiful girl.
soooo adorable! Congratulations!
I'm back at College and have been without internet the whole week drying to see if you had updated!
She's ADORABLE =) Beautiful. She fits perfectly in your crew. Congratulations!!!
Love the name and she is simply adorable!!!! Congrats to all of you!
When I told LiLi that you were adopting again, she got a BIG grin and her mouth hung open. I have to agree…That news is mouth opening, pure happiness kind of news. I can't wait for this trip!!! Wow!!! God is amazing!!!
She is precious Stefanie!!!
I love the name too. It just fits her picture!!!
Your family is about to get even more beautiful!!!
Congratulations again! So excited!!!
OOOOHHHH…what a sweetheart! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations to you all!
I love her name, too!!!
Lisa L says
The Raudenbush Family says
Celebrating her sweet beauty and the news of her coming home to her family soon! Congrats!