Monday, August 1, 2011


And no, it's not another baby! Please scroll down and read my first post before reading this, for the full story!

We are expecting a DAUGHTER from CHINA!
It is with joyful hearts (and still a bit unbelievable) that we Rick, Brooke, Evan, Elijah, Jonah, Landyn, and Jayce introduce to you our daughter/sister who is waiting for us in China!

Introducing to you,
Lena Grace Yujie Henningfeld

Her birthday is December 12th
-She falls right into our gap between Landyn and Jayce
and is just one day and one year older than Jayce.

Yujie is her Chinese name given to her by her orphanage
and means "with the hope that she would be pure and beautiful!"

She is from the Fujian Province. See the map below!

Now that you have seen her beautiful face and those adorable chubby cheeks, you will need to know that our Lena Grace Yujie Henningfeld is deaf. We plan on learning ASL as soon as we get going on our home study and teaching our children ASL. We hope our family and friends will be 100% supportive of us and maybe even willing to learn a little ASL too- it sure is a beautiful language. This beautiful little girl has a forever family and our family finally has a little girl...we are the lucky ones! Now off to bed and tomorrow begins my mad dash to find a home study agency that will work with our family and one that is also COA or Hague accredited (hard to come by here in our area), but one more of China's requirements. :) Now, let's hope I can sleep!'s that map I promised (for those of you reading this who are not familiar with China)! Fujian province is the little green one on the southeastern coast- directly across from Taiwan.


  1. Brooke, I am so happy for you! Lena is absolutely beautiful. I look forward to following your journey. God chose you to advocate for waiting children, and now you have been blessed from above. Hugs to you, Donna P.

  2. Thrilled to pieces for you, Brooke! A precious baby girl! So excited for your fabulous family! Congratulations!


  3. Congratulations!!! I came over from the advocacy yahoo group. :) We just submitted our LOI for our little boy! Haven't gotten PA yet but can't wait!!! :) Congrats again!