Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winner of the National Adoption Month Giveaway!

Here is the winning photo of Baby Olive on the day she met her mommy! Photo was taken on July 18th 2008.

When we asked her mommy what led their family to adoption, she replied:

"From the moment my husband and I married over 10 years ago, we knew adoption was the way we wanted to build our family. We weren't ready for a long time, but once we decided, we plunged in. As for Korea, we ended up there in a roundabout way. We had originally intended to adopt a child from Viet Nam, but the program closed and we took that as a pretty clear sign that the child who was meant to be with us resided elsewhere. We began preparing an updated homestudy, and in the process, I found our Olive on a waiting child listing. The instant I saw and read about her, I knew she would be our daughter. And I didn't care where she was from! We found out she was from South Korea and were thrilled to research the country to know more about the culture and people. Now, we can't imagine NOT going to Korea - we fell in love with Seoul, the people, the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells, the culture... we hope to go back someday and absorb even more of it."

Olive is now 2 years old and is described as the most perfect child to their family. Here is what else her mommy had to say:

"She is so easy going and laid back. She hardly ever cries or gets angry - very even tempered. She is gentle and kind, and displays a great deal of empathy for others. She adores playing with other kids and is a wonderful "big sister" to our cats. Olive loves animals, being outdoors, and is very active. I couldn't ask for a better daughter!"

We thank Olive's family for sharing their precious photo and adoption story! And thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us. We really enjoyed seeing the photo entries!