Our baby is from Jiangxi, a province in China.  Here is some information about Jiangxi.  It sounds like a wonderful place.  Rumors are that we may travel mid October!  I am so ready to meet my baby girl!! 

If you are a traveler looking for a place that will give you a variety of interesting options, then Jiangxi province in southern China is definitely the place for you! The pristine beauty of its misty mountains and fresh water lakes will enchant you. Its modern as well as ancient Chinese historical sites will whet your appetite for learning about its culture. To top it off, ‘China’s Capital of Porcelain’ is located here, thus satisfying the shopper in us all.


Jiangxi province is situated in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Its neighboring provinces include Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Hubei and Anhui. Jiangxi province got its name during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) and because the Gan River runs through this province from north to south, it is also called Gan for short. It covers an area of 1,669,000 square kilometers (644,440 square miles) with a population of about 40 million.

 Jiangxi has a warm and humid climate with cold springs and winters, hot summers and dry autumns thus accounting for its four distinct seasons. Annual rainfall averages 1400-1800 millimeters and the average temperature of the province is 3-9C in January and 27-31C in July. Jiangxi province is a showcase for natural beauty. Tourists will find it hard to leave its beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers. Particularly attractive is Poyang Lake, which is not only the biggest fresh water lake in China, but also the largest winter habitat for white cranes. When winter approaches, about 2800 white cranes will migrate to Poyang Lake to spend their winter. What a spectacular sight! On the east side of this lake is Mt. Lushan, a wonderful summer resort with its lush mountains, enveloping clouds and mists, rapid streams and numerous deep pools and waterfalls. Mysterious and enchanting sceneries nestle in its secluded valleys and deep ravines. Sudongpo, a well-known poet of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), in honor of the ‘Cloud Sea’ of Mt. Lushan for its ever – changing mist, wrote, ‘The failure to get a real perspective of the mountain only results in the fact that you are right in the midst of it’. Another mountain – Jinggangshan enjoys a dual reputation. It is more widely known as the cradle of the Chinese revolution rather than for its natural beauty, which is, in fact, comparable to the more famous Lu Shan.

The historical sites of Jiangxi also attract guests from all corners of the world. Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi. Tengwang Pavilion is located just west of Nanchang and is one of three famous pavilions south of the Yangtze River. This pavilion gained its reputation to a great extent because of a well-known poem called ‘Preface to Tengwang Pavilion’ by Wangbo, a reputable poet of the Tang Dynasty. Donglin Monastery is located at the foot of Lushan. It was built in 386 for the monk Hui Yuan (334-416), founder of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. Hui Yuan spent many years translating Buddhist scriptures in this temple.


The highlight of Jiangxi travel should be Jingdezhen, which is known as the ‘Capital of Porcelain’ in China. Ceramics were produced here as early as 1,800 years ago in the Eastern Han Dynasty. Today, Jingdezhen remains a national center for porcelain production. While in this ancient town, tourists can visit many pottery factories and ancient kiln sites. In addition, Jiangxi is one of the ancient tea-producing areas in China. The Black Tea produced in Ningzhou City and the Green Tea produced in Wuyuan City are well-known throughout China.


Care Package to Fenyi

I sent off a care package to China today for the orphanage.  It was great to feel like I was making my first contact with my little baby girl.  I just hope it gets to her.  I meant to take a picture of it and I was so excited to get it in the mail, I forgot all about it!

We sent the package to:


The package included:

For Surae- a little purple dress with bloomers and socks, a Leap Frop Brightlings Dancers toy and teether, a Baby Einstein photo book with our family’s pictures in it, and a pink super soft blankie

For the other babies- baby caps, bibs, socks, and diaper cream

For the nannies- chocolates and 2 disposable cameras to take pictures of the orphanage and Surae with her friends

We hope to get the cameras back on our “Gotcha Day” from the nannies.  

What’s Her Name?

It’s time for the official annoucement of our new baby girl’s name.  Drumroll…  It’s Surae YaXue Lewis.  YaXue is her Chinese given name.  It means “graceful snow”.  Very pretty, and even better seeing that we seem to never get any here in Greenville.  Surae means “seeking intelligence”.  Either that, or it’s just a nice name. 

We also signed our referral acceptance documents on Thursday night and sent them off Friday morning.  Here we are happily signing.

 Michael Signs


Our Healthy Baby Girl

We received our baby’s growth report yesterday and it was amazing!  We found out so much more information!   I thought we would just get basic health info, but we got a huge report detailing everything from how much milk she drank as an infant to how much she poops!  It was thorough!!
For starters, she was abandoned at the orphanage 2 days after she was born at 5:00 a.m. and left with a note.  I hope we can get access to that note.  We found out YaXue means elegant snow.  Her name is really growing on me!  Her weight was 5.72 lbs. at birth and she was healthy.
The report said that she likes to take showers and play outside. She is not afraid of strangers and likes to be amused.   Her diet consists of milk and paste (we’ll have to break her of that paste eating-ha!) and she has congee, noodles, vegetable soup, biscuits, and mashed vegetables as snacks.
Everything is her health report looked great.  I had our Chinese professor at the university look over the report as well and she even helped me with her name pronunciation.  Our little baby girl appears to be healthy.  We are so thrilled! 

It’s a Girl!

 Baby Girl 1

Baby Girl 2

Her name is Ya Xue Gong and her birthdate is October 27,2006.  So, she will have just turned 1 when we go to get her.

Baby Girl 3

She weighs 18.7 lbs and is 27.2 inches long.  She is from Jiangxi just like her cousin that Melanie and Dave are on their way to get right now.  She has been living in the Fenyi orphanage.  She’s healthy, sits alone, rolls over, and grasps toys.  She likes to “laugh out loud and eat biscuits”.  She also “likes music, and can be obstinate”!  Wow, like father, like daughter!  We can’t wait to bring her home! 

It’s Official!!

The CCAA has finished the placement of children for the families whose adoption application documents were registered with our office before November 25, 2005.

The Stork is on the Way (We Think!)

Our adoption agency has sent us an email saying that a package is due to arrive on Tuesday from the China Center for Adoption Affairs.  There is a really strong chance that it could contain referrals although they aren’t sure yet.  Either way we should know something very soon.  Anyone want to take a guess as to how old our baby will be or from what province she will come from? 

Province Map

Pet Possum

Pet Possum

Michael and I adopted this possum a few weeks ago.   He’s pretty tiny and a little too comfortable with humans.  He was certainly comfortable enough to let Michael get close enough to take this picture.  He visits every night now and we let him, although I know we shouldn’t.   If you come and visit around 10:00 pm, you can see our pet possum.  He’s growing up so fast!