Monday, July 13, 2009

Meeting Olivia!

OK, OK. Here are a few of the pictures you've been waiting to see for the last three years!



















Oh, yeah. There are puh-lenty more pictures and videos to come!

64 comments:

Pamela Sandstede said...

AWESOME! Finally!

Dan and Karen Herman said...

Finally! I think I have carpal tunnel from hitting "refresh" so often! Congratulations! Wonderful photos, wonderful family! Enjoy that precious baby!

Karen

Tracy said...

Oh wow. I have been hitting refresh all morning - and it was so worth the wait! SHE IS PERFECT! What an angel. Love the pics. And it looks like she cried and then stopped fairly quickly?

That one close-up pic looks a bit like our Peanut,. too.

I love Olivia!! CONGRATS!

Katy said...

Oh MY, I am crying tears of joy for you!!! She is SO gorgeous!!! Now, if only I could find a way to make a decent print to take with me to Haiti for your kids....if you get a chance to send me a few on an email....that might help. =) Many congratulations!!!! Those little tears so that she is working on attachment....reminds me of my little girl's initial tears....but then she is peacefully sleeping, knowing that she is safe. What an angel she is.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe it! She is soooo beautiful! God is so good!
Cristine

Jinglebritches said...

She is so precious!!!!!!!! Can't wait to meet her in person. My heart is full for you all!!

Love you to pieces!!

Tracy said...

I can't stop looking at the pics and showing them too all my co-workers who have all been following your saga through me.

Can you believe it is finally here - she is finally with you??

And I love that she is a tummy sleeper. Too cute.

Shawna said...

OH MY....the ones of her sleeping are just the most precious things, they made me tear up. I am so happy for you guys!!! FINALLY is right!!! :) I've been watching this and waiting with you for 3 long years....totally worth the wait. Lots of hugs and love....

Denise said...

Contragulations! Olivia is adorable!

Denise, Dale & Samantha
MN Red Thread

mshel333 said...

She likes you! She likes you!! Can't wait to give her a hug.

Laury Lunde said...

Dawn and Lee- What great moments to cherish!!!! I'm so glad you got pictures up!!!!! She looks like such a gem! You've been lavished with an Angel!!!! Love you all!!!!

Barb P. said...

HOW AMAZING THAT IS TO SEE!!!! So worth the wait!! Hugs and blessings to all!! Sleep well sweet OLIVIA SHELTON! You are blanketed in love!

Waldemar Family said...

We are thrilled for you! Olivia is precious beyond words. Gorgeous. It's so hard to believe she's finally in your arms. Can't wait to meet her.

Adam Emanoff said...

Oh how amazing! Congratulations you guys. We're SO SO SO happy for you.

SharlaDawn said...

Absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to hold her! I'm so happy for you guys!!!

kb said...

Love it! So good to see all of you together at last. :)

Salzwedel Family said...

Congrats Lee & Dawn!!!!! She is so beautiful. I am crying happy tears for your family. Praise God!

Beth said...

Oh I remember those sad eyes. Those first few moments of ultimate joy and sadness colliding. She is perfect! There is no doubt that she was planned to be your little girl. I love how she's leaning into you as you hold her Dawn. I can't wait to meet her when you get home. How beautiful!

Greg's Wife said...

Ahhhh. This is one of my favorite days ever. You are finally, finally with your GORGEOUS daughter. She is even more beautiful than the first adorable picture we saw of her. But what's really sweet are Mama and Daddy's happy faces.

Oh, I can hardly believe it! I'm sure it's pretty surreal for y'all as well... Praise God!

AmyO said...

Olivia is beautiful!

Chris said...

She is absolutely beautiful and looks absolutely at home in your arms! We are so happy for you guys and so excited that your time has finally come with Olivia joining your family. Enjoy these precious first days with your little one while in China. They are memories to last a lifetime! And she looks to be so worth the wait!

Anonymous said...

Wow... so cool. Congratulations!!

Kim Monsen

Jenna said...

oh. my. word. chills. tears. okay. olivia. is awesome. every face she makes is ADORABLE. i am SO happy for you!

kayder1996 said...

Who ever posted about ultimate joy and sadness colliding stole my thoughts! My heart was filled with such joy for you and my brain filled with those memories of how Kenson must have felt and how Olivia must feel some of those same things too. Praying for God's presence to be completely obvious in this time in your lives. Congratulations; what an amazing time in your life full of so many emotions and new things!

Jenny said...

YAY. Oh yay. We were gone all day, and we walked in the door, and I made a bee-line for the computer!!! I just knew they'd be there.

We love you, you know we do. Awesome. So so awesome.

Cheryl said...

She's absolutely adorable!!! You all look so beautiful together :)
Hugs to the 3 of you!

Dan and Karen Herman said...

Ok, I need to work and quit looking at your photos, but I just can't stop myself! Olivia is sooo precious and I am so happy for you! God is so good!

Karen

Marla said...

Oh my goodness! She is precious!! Congratulations and enjoy getting to know your little sweetie!

Beth said...

Hope just woke up and I showed her the pictures. She said,

"She's cute!"
"Oh! She's sitting in sompin. She's naked!"

lol

Super sweet!

Jackie said...

Oh those big, beautiful eyes!!! She's gorgeous, Dawn! Congratulations!

Megan said...

Congratulations! So excited for your joyful family! I'm about to cry and I've never even met you! :)

Jay and Kelly said...

My heart is happy for you!

The Karr Family said...

Yeah!!! My heart is just filled with joy for you all as I see these pictures!!! Olivia, you are beautiful! and you have such a wonderful Mommy and Daddy!!! I just can't explain how excited I am for you all today!!! Praising Jesus!!! :)

Dan and Karen Herman said...

Ok, one more peek to see if you've added new photos - even if it is 3:30 a.m. your time! Ha!!

Blessings to you!

Karen

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

AAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! This is so incredibly brilliant... I can't believe it... goosebumps galore here :)

Bill and Christina said...

How beautiful!!!

Judi said...

Congratulations on a beautiful new daughter! She is adorable! We're also with AWAA, with a LID of 11-22-06,so we have a long wait still ahead of us!

Stacie said...

WOW!!!! nuff said.....!!! She is BEAUTIFUL and looks perfect in your arms!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

She is just precious! Congrats!

Mom 2 six said...

Woo-hoo !

June said...

She is so beautiful! You guys are so happy! It is magical that you become a family. Congratulations!

Mr.W said...

Hey Dawn and Lee!

We were talking on the phone to Corene during Ava's birthday call just now, and she suddenly remembered about you getting Olivia today! We went online and saw the great photos. CONGRATULATIONS!!! (We can't wait until our visit there in August to see her.)

Larry and Kay

kn said...

Nice. All the superlatives in the world can't say enough about how satisfying it is to see you three together.

Mike and Sherri said...

So overjoyed for you!!! I can only imagine what your hearts are feeling. So very full of love. God bless you!
Sherri

Maddys Mom said...

We are so excited for you!!! What an awesome day for your family, one you will truly cherish forever.

Continued prayers for you to have a safe, healthy & happy rest of your trip.

Olivia is just beautiful!

Matt, Tanya & Maddy

Trina said...

congratulations, dawn, lee and welcome olivia! I can't wait to see some of tyrah's clothes recycled on that cutie! :)

Sheryl S. Wall said...

Congrats she is beautiful :) I saw you when you were picking her up, we got our Kiana too. Where are you staying?

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my word.....she is so beautiful!! I can't believe you finally have her in your arms!!

Enjoy every minute:)

Safe travels and best wishes,

Lisa

Ruth and Alan said...

YES!!!!! Praise God!!

Can't wait to see you when you get back. Wish we were with you now and with that dear group that waited so long!! Ruth was up most of the night praying for your meeting!!

Love you all!

The Riecks

Alyson & Ford said...

She is beautiful! Adorable! The pictures of great! Congrats!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Anonymous said...

I love all three of you! Congratulations, Mom & Dad! Olivia is so blessed and I can't wait to meet her too! Enjoy your China experience with her. Love you tons!

Margie

ManyBlessings said...

Oh Dawn! She's just beautiful! What a sweet, sad little face! She is precious beyond words!!!! :)
dawnz

Lauri Stumph said...

What a beautiful family you are, finally. I'm so happy for you!!

Jenn said...

Congratulations!!! So nice to see her in her mama's arms where she belongs!

Vivian M said...

Ahhhhh...finally! Congratulations Mommy and Daddy!

Jill said...

Wow Lee and Dawn! We are rejoicing with you. What a sweet little baby doll. I cannot imagine your joy! Can't wait to meet her!

Rachel R. said...

Oh, I'm so thrilled for you! I'm tearing up here, to see you with your beautiful girl!

rubyiscoming said...

Congratulations!!! We've had our daughter in our arms for 6 months and boy oh boy, do I remember that joy/fear/astonishment/love of the first night. Enjoy every moment!

Hugs!

A said...

Congratulations, Dawn and Lee! She is beautiful. Enjoy every minute of your time in China getting to know Miss Olivia, your daughter. Can't wait to meet her when you are home and settled.

Amy S.

MarkandNicole said...

Thank you so much for posting the pix. She is so cute! Can't wait to meet her in person! Enjoy the rest of your time in China. Nicole

SharlaDawn said...

I need more pictures! I need some video! It's like you guys have something better to do than uploading! ;-) You have been waiting over 3 years and I can't stand waiting a few days. Argh!!

Lynn said...

I cannot figure out how to buy raffle on bracelet! HELP!!!!
Lynn

AZMom said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! She is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God's Grace said...

Just getting around to checking things out on your trip and Olivia is so beautiful. You all are beautiful together too :-) What a wonderful thing it is...Terry

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