Journey for Jenna

A family's trip to China to adopt their daughter

Jessalynn Speight August 31, 2014

The best part of this whole video is that it is filmed by the big brother. Even though the brother films the movie documentary style, you can still tell his excitement throughout the whole process. Another beautiful part of the video is the adoptive fathers who get to see where their children were found. This is not a luxury most international adoption situations have. It is rare that they know any background on the child except for they were found or abandoned.

After a long journey (literally and figuratively), this family sees their baby girl for the first time. The look of relief, excitement, and love is palpable throughout the whole room.

International adoption is certainly an incredibly long, hard, draining adventure, but this video shows how well worth the wait it is. Jenna was one of 6.400 kids adopted from China in 2006, more than 90% of which were girls. As the video points out, there are many more children in the US and around the world who will not be adopted.

 

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Jessalynn Speight

Jessalynn Bills Speight placed for adoption 5.5 years ago. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She placed her in the arms of an incredible family and share a wonderful open adoption. When her birth daughter was 6 months old she started a blog called www.Birthmothers4Adoption.com, 2 years later she got married to a stud muffin. She now has two kids and 2 fur babies. She resides in good ol' Utah. She started hosting retreats for adoptive couples and has now moved on to hosting birth mother retreats as well. She has presented at conferences and taught classes at women's retreats. She recently had an article in Cosmopolitan, was featured on Fox National News, The Kelly File, and several local news channels. She's helped film a documentary about adoption, a video called the Agape Project, and has blogged for many other websites and online magazines. She is an avid foodie and enjoys cooking, traveling, rescuing animals, learning about holistic healing, history, and photography.


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