"I laugh, for Hope hath happy place with me!"
William Ellery Channing
About This Record:
In 2002 my wife Kathy and I spent the period from November 14 to 29 in China
meeting our new daughter, Hope Xian Doelling, and finalizing her adoption.
I decided to keep a daily journal during our stay in China in which I could
record the things that we saw, the people that we met, and the emotions that we felt.
My plan was to give this journal to Hope when she was grown to
provide her with a small, but tangible link to her past.
Upon returning to the United States I decided go a step farther and transcribe
my journal, add a few of the pictures we took in China, and create this web site
through which I can share our adventure with others. While waiting for our
turn to travel, I found great inspiration in the accounts of others who had already
made the journey which we were waiting to begin. It is my hope that the words
and images which I've placed here may provide some small benefit to those who
will follow us on similar journeys.
Good luck and God bless!
Scott Doelling - September, 2003