red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or
The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.
journey to collect our daughter, Yanmei, started in February 1998 when we sent the adoption
papers to the Danish authorities. A little more than two years later, and we'd
finally arrived, proud parents and older brother, standing in front of passport control
at Copenhagen Airport
Of course we didn't know that
it would be Yanmei when we sent off the paperwork. It was only by chance that we
even adopted from China - we'd planned to adopt from Haiti!. It's also peculiar
to think that Yanmei was already 6months old when we sent off the paperwork, and
even though we were destined to meet, it would take yet another 2 years before
it would happen. As the Chinese proverb states:
We certainly felt that the
thread must have been pretty tangled and stretched, before we finally had Yanmei
in our arms on the morning of February 28th, 2000, but luckily not broken. This
web site describes the story - from the first papers being sent through Yanmei's
growing up years.
"incredible journey" is split into four parts:
first section describes
process; This section
describes both the process that we as parents (not forgetting Thomas
our son) went
through to be approved as adopters in Denmark, and the process of actually
sending off the papers to China, waiting for the referral, and the
information that we received about Yanmei before travelling to China.
When adopting from China,
it is necessary to write two
status reports that are sent to the Chinese authorities; one after six months and one after a year. In conjunction with
this, our Social Worker made four visits to meet Yanmei and wrote a report
following each visit. We also made two reports that were included in the
information sent to
China. We have included all these
reports, in the third section,
Yanmei's New Home.
We've also put together a photo gallery for each year, starting in 2000, and
a list of the main events of the year. Finally we've added a growth chart,
where we charter Yanmei's physical growth, both in height and weight.
second section describes our trip
to China to collect Yanmei,
and the hectic few days preceding the actual trip.
The final section
describes what we know about Yanmei and her environment before she came to
Denmark. Hopefully our knowledge about Jinchang and
Welfare Institute will increase over time – hopefully via somebody visiting
Jinchang and the institute.