10 year anniversary

10 years ago today, on December 8, 2012, Susan and I met Emily for the first time in the lobby of the Lakeview Hotel in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China.  I found my blog post from that day.

“Flew to Nanchang (capital of the province of Jiangxi, where Emily was). Met our adoption guide at the Nanchang airport. Took the hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel. We met Emily at the hotel. She was already there waiting in the lobby when we arrived.  She was sitting on a sofa with the orphanage director and caregivers probably only 25 feet from the hotel entrance.  As I was checking in at the front desk, Emily was already in the arms of Susan.  Within 30 minutes, the orphanage director and caregiver were gone and Emily was playing in our hotel room.” 

As I recall, we were suppose to arrive at the hotel several hours before meeting Emily. However, our flight was several hours late flying in from Beijing to Nanchang.  Instead we met Emily in the hotel lobby as we simultaneously checked into the hotel.