The first photo my parents got of me ?

I was born in China, and adopted when I was 14 months old. I became a citizen of the USA on July 4, 2004. The story of why my parents adopted me is kinda cool……

My mom and dad were doing a radio show with Steven Curtis Chapman, listening to him talk about adoption. The Chapmans had already adopted Shaohannah and were just about to go back to China to get their daughter Stevey Joy. My dad was listening to Steven talk, and in his mind thinking about how he sure didn’t want to adopt a girl and especially not travel to the other side of the world to get her! All of a sudden, he heard The Lord speak to him in a real voice saying, “Go get her” and Daddy saw a face of a little Chinese girl… me! 🙂 He started crying and trying to argue in his head with God that he was too old, and he wanted a big screen tv and a motorcycle, instead of a baby!! Steven Curtis Chapman kept talking on the radio about adoption, looking at my Dad weird. My Mom was REALLY looking at Dad weird, wondering what was wrong with him! As soon as the interview ended, Daddy asked Steven what to do to make it happen. He had to go get her…..Steven hooked my parents up with a GREAT adoption agency in Virginia called America World and Mr. Brian Lewis and the paperwork began….. & I wasn’t even born yet!!

There was A LOT of paperwork to get me, but Jessica Miller worked at the agency, and she made sure they did it right. 😉 Finally, a year later, they got their first picture of me and Daddy said I looked just like the picture God showed him. They traveled to China in late June to get me, spent a couple of weeks there, and we got home to Texas on July 4, 2004. I of course didn’t know any of this until I was older, and I’ve heard the story over and over and over again ……. but it makes me feel pretty special to know how God picked me to be their kid… and all the people that had a part of making it happen… especially the Chapmans.

I’m really, really glad my Dad listened to what God said to him….. and did it! 🙂


Ephesians 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.