It's official. Noelle JiaZhen Johnson is a citizen of these grand United States of America. And we have the paper to prove it.
A nondescript manila envelope arrived in the mail today containing Noelle's certificate of citizenship - another very important piece of paper to add to our daughter's official file. Please observe the poor kiddo's photo. This was the one taken at the infamous Guangzhou medical exam (i.e. cattle call). All adoptive children must go through this process to get their visas to leave China. It's a hot, chaotic assembly line of children being poked and prodded by several different doctors. As you can see, Noelle was dripping with sweat and not the happiest she's ever been in her life.
If you recall, poor Eric had to handle this misery all by his lonesome. That was the day I was sick as a dog in bed back at the hotel. He did a superfantabulous job, however, taking care of our little sweetie. On the plus side, they actually bonded quite nicely over this trauma.
Congratulations, our daughter. Our Chinese-American daughter. God bless you, and God bless America!
A welcome letter signed by President George W. Bush, on official White House letterhead, was also included in the packet. Cool memento!