Monday, April 13, 2009

GOTCHA!

At 3pm we gathered in the lobby of our hotel, having eaten lunch, had a little down time, and spent some time praying as a family and with the family next door. We walked to the building next door (literally) and went to the fourteenth floor to the marriage and adoption registration office, and were told to wait for a few minutes until they were ready for us. Then we spotted the babies in an adjoining room, through a glass wall that was mostly transparent, and within a few minute, Anita, our agency's representative here in Chongqing, told us to get ready and listen for our names...

Ours was the first name called, and we walked over and were handed Yang Fu Ya, now known as Katherine Elizabeth Bredenberg! Pictures will say more than I can, so here they are, from Gotcha to the first bottle, followed immediately by the first nap!

More details will come once the girls are asleep for the night!


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praise God!! The Chalkos of Houston are praying for you all, including Peter! We miss you and cannot wait to see you all state-side! Give Baby Kate and Sydney and Peter a big hug and a kiss for us, until we can do it ourselves. :)

christy said...

Congratulations!! Kate is just too gorgeous. She's a true beauty and looks like a real sweetheart to say the least. You all look so happy and content.

Thanks for sharing this very special day.

In our prayers,

Christy, Josh, Mia, Ava and Kai

Debra K said...

You have said it so many times, and it is indeed true - God is good! I have chillbumps from head to toe looking at these. You all look so wonderfully content, and Kate is so precious! Looks like she's already getting attached - love the pictures where she's looking at you both. Sydney is going to be such a great big sister to her, and Peter will be a wonderful brother. Praying for your little guy here at home, too, and sending you love from Texas. <3

Anita said...

We're are thrilled for you guys and so delighted to see these pictures! God is very good! We're praying He will continue to bless the rest of your trip and that this time of transition will continue to go well!

Nick and Anita

Colored With Memories said...

wow! y'all already have some great pictures up! she looks so big in sydney's arms! beautiful too...of course!

many congrats and many prayers!

love you guys!

Anonymous said...

What a blessing!We are so happy for all of you! Baby Kate is an angel. Be safe, know that we are all praying for your safe return and we can not wait for you to get home so we can meet her.
Love, Aunt Kim, Uncle Todd and Cousin Caleb

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful, and Sydney is doing a perfect big sister job already. We can't wait to see her in person!! Praying for all five of you. Much love, The Millers

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Kate is an absolute doll. We can't wait to meet her. We'll keep you all in our prayers. Praise God! Luv, Susan, Max and Joshua

Michelle Kary said...

I am overjoyed for your family----sitting here at the computer fighting back tears and wishing I could reach through the computer and hug all of you. Baby Kate is beautiful! You have waited so long for her and God has brought her in His perfect timing.
I will be praying for sleep and all the adjustments to come.
Love, Michelle Kary

Julie Tally said...

So thrilled for all of you to have another precious life to nurture! Praise God!