Month Twenty-Two

Dearest Daughter,

Today marks twenty-two months that your Daddy and I have been waiting to hear about you. All this time, we have been getting ready for you, spending time with family and friends, and dreaming of the day we see your face for the first time.

There is so much in this world you will see and experience, and we can’t wait to show it all to you. We will be right there with you, guiding the way, holding your hand and answering all of your questions (as best we can). It will not be too much longer before we see your picture, hear all about you, and begin planning our journey to China to bring you home with us. China is a very long way from Georgia, where we live; in fact, it is on the other side of the world! But, we would gladly travel ten times that far just to see you, hold you and tell you how much we love you. You are everything we have been hoping and praying for and we think about you every day. We pray that you are safe and well, and that someone is there for you when you are sad, tired or hurting. We long to be there for you during those times and promise that once we are together, we will always be there to love and protect you.

There are so many people waiting to meet you. You have grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who haven’t met you, but already love you so much! When you come home with us, you will get to meet them all and with all that love to surround you, you will never need to feel lonely or afraid. We know that you don’t know anything about us yet, and might be too little to really understand what is happening, but we realize that your whole world will change and it may be scary and confusing. We will be there for you, every step of the way, making sure you know how much you are loved, so you will feel safe and secure.

Until we can hold you close, we send you all our prayers, hopes and wishes, and we take comfort knowing God is watching over you and taking care of you until we can be together. His hands will hold you and His love protect you every second of every day. We will teach you all about God and His amazing love for you. You will grow up knowing that He is always there for you, especially during the times that we cannot be, and that knowledge will bring you comfort and security all the days of your life.

Sweet baby girl, we love you more than anything in this world, more than all the stars in the sky or water in the oceans – to China and all the way back again. We can't wait to meet you...

Your Mommy and Daddy


  1. What a beautiful heart you have. That letter is sooo precious. It was a three tissue read for me.
    It won't be much longer now for us both.

  2. I hope next month you will see her face!!

  3. I know it wasnt intended to make me cry but goodness you did

  4. What a beautiful post. It will mean so much to your daughter when she is old enough to understand. I know how hard the wait is for everyone. I know how hard it was for me. But your day is coming, and I hope it's very, very soon. You will both be great parents.

  5. Oh the current feelings in your heart are ever so familiar to me. Hopefully, you are closer than you even think. It's so odd, the months that you are waiting just draaag by, but once you have her, the months will seem to fly by. I so wish that it was the other way around.
    I am pulling for you guys that you are next!!!

  6. Susan, Your letter to Lily Kate is beautiful and echo our feelings exactly. I feel like we are close and we will be holding the girls soon. It is wonderful to know that all our girls have this big extended family to lean on. We will always be there for Lily Kate..

    Big Hugs
    Susan and Riz

  7. So sweet Susan! I did this when I was waiting for Kate but they had to be in a notebook. The notebook was lost in our move. Wish I would have put it on the web!

    Wendy H.

  8. We know this has been quite a journey for you and J. Our family loves you both very much and know that you will be meeting Lily Kate very soon. The letter is so beautiful and only brings out the love you guys are eagerly waiting to share with your daughter. We pray everyday that LK will soon be with us.

  9. Beautiful. We might suggest that you give this letter to your daughter on her wedding day...

    Beautiful, beautiful letter from the heart.

    ac & fm