At Last, We Are Three!

Friends, family, world... meet Julia Lián Brown!

Today, at 2:45pm in Nanjing, China, this precious soul (finally and officially) became our daughter, and us her Mom and Dad... forever and ever, amen.

We're looking forward to writing more later to tell you all about our day. But it's time to be with this beautiful child, so we'll post a full update once she's asleep tonight.

Before we go... we've been dying to scream her name from the mountain tops for months. Julia is my Gramma Callaway's name. And her middle name Lián (pronounced like "lee-yen") is the Chinese word for lotus flower. For this, and other significant reasons about what a lotus flower represents, the meaning behind our nickname all this time. :) In choosing this name many months ago, we wanted to embrace the family she has joined, while honoring her heritage in China.

And until the process was officially completed, we weren't able to share with you the full-size, incredible pictures we received in December, January, and February. So until we can post again, enjoy these photos that we've looked at 100 times a day, every day, for weeks on end. These show Julia (I just said her name!) at 12, 14, 19, and 20 months old, in order below.

We love her to pieces, she's even more incredible in person, and just a fair warning that this blog is about to EXPLODE with many more photos like these.

Julia Lián Brown, ladies and gentlemen!

Photos from 12, 14, 19, and 20 Months Old

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"I am a lotus flower – delicate, fragile, yet strong... floating, unfolding, and blossoming into the life where I belong.”