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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lucy's Adoption Video

It has only taken me 5 months to get around to finishing this, but I am finally done with Lucy's adoption video. It is very personal, but I think it is okay to share with my loving readers, family, and friends. I pray that it gives hope to those of you still waiting and wondering if your adoption will ever happen. Your baby will come. I had to break it into 2 sections because it got too long to upload as 1 continuous video. So, watch the first and then start the second. It is long, sorry about that, but I just had too many awesome memories, pictures, and videos to leave anything out. Enjoy.



35 comments:

Kristin said...

Oh Kelly! The videos are absolutely beautiful!

And you're absolutely right...I really needed to see it. Let's just say an attitude adjustment was in order, and these videos did the trick for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lindsey Whatley said...

Kelly,

The videos are awesome! You and Justin are such great parents. I am so glad you and Meredith met each other in college so that you could become part of our extended familiy and share this experience with us and all of the McNeils(HaHa)!

Love
Lindsey (Meredith's sister)

mam said...

So beautiful, Kelly. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm even MORE eager to meet our own Lucy.

Sara said...

Wow.

I'm sitting here with tears running down my face. What a beautiful experience...thank you for sharing it.

My husband and I are also adopting from Vietnam and you are a true inspiration. I feel a "connection" with you b/c we too have chosen the name Lucy (a family name for us) -- so seeing your beautiful Lucy touches my heart.

Our process has been delayed a bit though b/c by the grace of God a local family has chosen us as adoptive parents. That child is expected any day now. We still intend to go get out little Lucy though with hopes of travel in early 2008.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your wonderful story. You two seem to be kind people with big hearts and lots of love to give this lucky Lucy. As an added bonus Lucy must have a mama with lots of style b/c she always looks ADORABLE and lovin' those big ole bows!

Sincerely,
Sara

jenn said...

Thank you for sharing, the video's are beautiful! Orphanage pics and videos always get me crying buckets. It simply floods me with our very own first time meeting...I can't imagine how much more emotionial it would be for a first child!

Mike & Dayna said...

Kelly, what a beautiful momento for you and Lucy to have. Inspiring and a joy to watch! Everything you went through seems like deja vu for us. Lucy is so beautiful! I know what it means to be blessed as you are. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing more of Lucy's journey with mommy and daddy and all those that love her! Thank you for sharing your memories and your journey. - Dayna, Mike and Hannah An Guizzetti

Anonymous said...

Just cried and cried - it is beautiful Kelly and I LOVE the songs!!!

What a precious family!

Love, Mandy and Anna

kristin said...

thank you so much for sharing that with us, kelly. it is so hard to imagine those moments for ourselves - though in time, i know they will happen. thank you for the hope...

Sherri said...

I am setting here sobbing! Wow was that emotional. I am so thankful that we shared that experience. I love you guys all so much and I feel like Lucy is my adopted (haha) niece. Wow look how far we've come since Vietnam and how big the girls are getting. I always knew Lucy was a smart girl. It seemed like that was such a long time ago, now it feels like yesterday.

Holly Beck said...

Kelly Belly - John & I just sat here and watched both of the videos. He kept signing more after BOTH of them. I'm not kidding - he said "pretty" about Lucy. It was so cute. I didn't expect to get emotional, but man - that really got me! I was trying to tell John that I wasn't upset - just happy tears! Anyway, the videos are AMAZING. I didn't even know you were working on them. We love y'all,

Holly, Adam, & John

Ange said...

What a great job you did on the video! Thanks for sharing with us. Lucy looks like a very content, happy baby.

Meredith Woodruff said...

Kelly!

Those videos are amazing! You did such a good job! Thanks for sharing:)! I watched them with all the girls I work with. They loved them too!

Love,
Meredith

Mia's Mommy said...

That was beautiful. I love the music you picked out! You did a great job Kelly.

Melissa

rachel said...

Beautiful!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the video. It was very well done and I love the music. You are such a beautiful family and I'm so happy for you! :)

Emily said...

tears, tears....
i am so glad you will have that to show to lucy one day.

Jo said...

How wonderful, thank you for sharing.

Nicki said...

Kelly - what a work of art! What a beautiful family. You will really treasure this always. Whenever you are having a stressful day or are frustrated with Lucy, it will be the tonic that cures you! Guaranteed!!!

Jenna and Ed said...

Loved it, loved it, loved it! It's rare when I get Ed to sit and "blog" with me, but even he was captivated! Thanks for sharing, it makes this wait seem so much more worth every second!

April said...

All I can say is....precious!!

Katherine said...

Kelly, I have been reading your journey and I loved the video. My husband and I are currently waiting for our referral, so it's nice for us to see that dreams do come true. Thanks so much for sharing your video.

Jo said...

Okay, I had to watch it again and dream that in a few weeks that will be us!!!!

Jennifer said...

It is really wonderful. I think it is an important thing to have. I treasure mine and had to go get a dvd player for my bedroom so I can play at will.

You did a lovely job. We are some lucky parents huh!

Ann said...

Kelly I've been catching up on miss Lucy. The video is awesome and she is such a cutie. I love the swimming pictures from an older post. These are all so great.

Sarah said...

I've got mascara all down my cheeks... how beautiful. I'm especially touched that you have several pictures of the nannies that took such loving care of Lucy. Thank you for sharing your touching love story with the world.

Danielle said...

I just happened to find your site via another blog. What a wonderful video!! Lucy will love to see how excited you were with her arrival into your hearts. Congrats!

kate carter said...

kel--just watched the videos..and oh my!!!! tears everywhere! what a treasure that will be for you all. kel--you are such an inspiration for so many people! what a gift!
love ya'll tons
kate

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing your video Kelly! It's beautiful from beginning to end. I've been visiting your blog since you travled to bring home Lucy, and you've definitely been an inspiration during my wait. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Those were wonderful. Thanks for sharing. It was sad to see the nannies faces. Your daughter looks so cute in those videos!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I was expecting it to be good, but kleenex galore, you should have prepared us! I can feel the love you have as a family, your smiles tell it all.

I am so happy she came intoyour life!

Congratualtions Again!
Tracey Antonioni (canada)

Melissa said...

You did a wonderful jo on the videos. So touching. What a journey. Inspiring to those of us waiting. :)

Erin said...

Kelly, your videos are amazing. Thank you for sharing! Lucy is such a lucky little girl and I'm sure you and Justin feel you are the lucky ones!

Maria said...

I came across your website from someone who sent me the link to your video (we have a daughter with the same name - our Lucy QinMei Wu, who we brought home from China in November 2005). I love your video - it is beautiful, and your daughter is absolutely precious! Congratulations on your beautiful family! The songs you use in your video are great, I really loved them.

Brandi said...

My friend and I are watching your videos simultaneously and both crying!!! Thanks for sharing your journey.

Anonymous said...

Kelly,
The videos are absolutley beautiful and inspiring! You did an amazing job! I am so happy for all of you and pray for you all the time! Love and hugs to you all!
Desiree'

Adam and Michelle said...

Kelly,
My daughter Lindsey and I just found your website. The videos for your daughter were absolutly beautiful. We cried throughout the whole video. We are in the process of adopting a little baby boy from vietnam. Thank you so very much for sharing your journy with us.