I'm back-posting these pics that I just found from October 8th of 2009. Meili had been home from China for just about two months. These pictures were taken in the courtyard of one of our favorite outdoor malls in AZ where our group of waiting moms would often get together for lunch and to comiserate about the growing referral wait times. This was probably the first time that Shannon and I got together with our girls at this location. She was sweet enough to grab my camera and take some shots of Meili and I. I've been going back through pictures of the past year and these are some of the very few pictures I have of Meili and I together since I'm usually the one behind the camera so I'm glad to have these. Shannon and I met right around the time that we were logged in and met for lunch almost monthly until we received our referrals (on the same day!) Looking at these pictures reminds me of just how long the wait was to bring our girls home and how blessed we were to have great friends along the way.