The Big News!!

I have been waiting and waiting to be able to write this post.  We now know our new daughter!!!

This is Pu Min Han.  She lives in the Henan province in China, and we are totally in love with her.

Today we received our “Pre Approval” from China to adopt Min Han.  I had to wait for this approval to share this wonderful news publicly, but it has been so hard!

Now, please do me a favor.  I love to hear people say that they have read my blog.  If you are one of my wonderful readers, PLEASE leave me a comment and tell me what you think we should name her.  No promises here, but we are really open to some ideas. 🙂

More details to come on how this all happened!!  Meanwhile, please pray for our girl!  (And leave me a name! 🙂 )

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42 Responses to The Big News!!

  1. Kemie says:

    This precious baby is already being solidly prayed for by her great aunt!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Yeah! How exciting for you. I’ve got my own names to come up with, you know… 😉 How about Audrey? The girls say – Sarah or Lucy. I hope we can get together sometime soon!

  3. Jay J says:

    maybe something that is close or similar to her Chinese name. Penny, Penelope?

    Super excited for you and Jeff. We’re considering international adoption as well, but aren’t nearly as far along as you guys.

  4. Sarah B says:

    Wow! Congratulations. She is beautiful! I can only imagine how much you want to hold her and bring her home RIGHT NOW!

    I am amazed you were matched so quickly! I know a family that waited years for a match in China. Anyway, I am thrilled for you.

    Names, eh? Well, I always wanted Heidi if I had a girl, but that might be too alliterative for you. John always liked Annika–maybe that would work for you. 🙂 We also always liked Natalie.

    Whatever you pick will be just perfect! Best wishes!

  5. Kathlene says:

    Congrats!! I love the names Sophia and Chloé:)

  6. Lane says:

    She is so precious! Are you wanting traditional or trendy?

  7. Adele says:

    Oh E, We’re SO HAPPY for you! For what it’s worth: Cara and Carina both mean Beloved. I think that a name that means Beloved One is worthy of your precious little new one! Congratulations! – AFC and The Zoo.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Great news. I guess it would be neat if you could keep some of her Chinese name in tact, maybe Mindy?

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  10. Kimberly and Lewis Amos says:

    Emily, this is Kimberly. Such exciting news!!!

    Here are some of my favorite girls’ names:

    Anne (obviously)
    Elizabeth (obviously)

    This is wonderful news!
    See you at Central soon!

  11. Laura Coats says:

    What about Min? I have a good Chinese friend named Min. And, it is part of her name 🙂 She’s lovely and adorable. I bet you are DYING to bring her home!!

  12. nana says:

    Yay!! No surprise…Hannah Min Hilimire

  13. Rana says:

    Looking forward to see happiness on ur face and bright future to u and baby girl. Please do take care of her, The best. I mean best. Better than what u or anyone had. Make her the best what she can and want to be. Love her unconditionally.
    Good luck

  14. Lib says:

    I used to work with your darling mom and saw this on Facebook. Aww, this is so sweet! What a wonderful blessing. Don’t really have any name suggestions, but I will tell you I think you can’t go wrong with biblical names, or French names! So many classics to choose from… Happy for you and your family!

  15. Sally says:

    We are so happy for you! How soon will you get to bring her home?

  16. Stephanie says:

    Congrats to you and your family!!! She looks like such a sweet girl and so pretty. I like Audrey too. I also like Ashleigh Grace or Addison Grace.COngrats Emily!! I wish you all the best!!

  17. nana says:

    Yay!! No surprise…Hannah Min Hilimire

  18. Brett Bates says:

    Congrats! A lil cutey.

  19. Bruce White says:

    Congratulations! She looks beautiful. I’ve always been partial to the names Chloe or Zoe. Regardless of the name, you’re all lucky to have found each other and I wish you a lifetime of happiness.

  20. Amy says:

    AH!!!!!! She is *so* beautiful!!! So excited for you and the clan.

    Here are my ideas:
    – Lily [Pure. The flower lily is a symbol of innocence; purity and beauty.] – I absolutely love this name for her based on her picture, but paired with your last name, might be a mouthful (but it would sound so cute!)
    – Analise [Grace or devoted to God.]
    – Mina [Protector]
    – Sabrina [Legendary princess.]
    – Elyse [Noble]
    – Ella [Abbreviation of Eleanor and Ellen: Beautiful fairy.]

    Josh said:
    – Sadie [Diminutive of Sarah: princess; or Mercedes: mercy.]

  21. Linda Lehfeldt says:

    Grantulations. I can’t wait to meet her.

  22. Joe Koufman says:

    Congrats Hilimires, that is SO EXCITING! I am thinking Mindy would be a great way to honor her original name in an American way. Perhaps Mindy Hannah Hilimire…

  23. Katie Reeder says:

    We are so excited for you! Praying for you all the time as you continue on this journey:). And…as far as names go…we think you have great taste — especially since we unknowingly named our son after your two boys;). We love Faith as a middle name. And before we knew Bennett was a boy, we thought about Charlotte and calling her Charlie.

  24. Carrie says:

    what wonderful, wonderful news!! congratulations. i know that the wait must be so hard.
    as for names, hmmm…i might need to think about this, but initially i really like the idea that someone posted already with “Min” or “Mina”
    will think more–while i am celebrating and praying for all the next steps to happen.

  25. Cristi says:

    She is so utterly adorable!!! I’m very excited to meet her. I can’t think of any names specifically right now, but I think keeping Min part of whatever name you chose would be a nice way of keeping part of her history with her.

  26. Carole says:

    I am so excited for you all. She is absolutely beautiful. Thoughts on a name….

    You could stick with the acronym P.M.H. and it would be perfect since the H would be Hilimire.

  27. Ryan says:

    I think you should name her “Ryan Patrick Hilimire”

  28. Brian King says:

    Congrats! Name her Connie…

  29. Kelly B says:

    I am so very happy for you and the family! She is absolutely beautiful!!

    Since she’s such a special addition, maybe Adia or Isadora, which mean Gift of God. Whatever you decide to name her, she’s be such a blessing to your family!!

    Congratulations – when do we get to meet her?!?

    Kelly B

  30. Betty Rainwater says:

    To all 5 Hilimires AND to Pu Min Han ~~

    Oh, wow!! Congratulations on this wonderful news! I had no idea!!

    Henan Province — it’s right next to Anhui Province, Lydia’s birth place. Makes me feel sorta like kin.

    I am thrilled for all of you, Emily.


  31. Laurie T. says:

    A beautiful family for a beautiful girl! Nothing like getting on that fast track! Such great name ideas on here too. My other front runners for Audrey were Amelia, Laura Kate, and Lainey. Keeping part of her Chinese name is such a great idea too, and/or the PMH initials. Congratulations!

  32. Aimee Small says:

    Oh my she is beautiful!!! When was she born? She looks like she’s around the same age as Macy. We’ll have to get them together when she comes. Names… Hmm, I like the idea of a P name with her middle name Min. Maybe Pauline, Paige, Polly. Anyway, congrats. So excited for you and your family.

  33. Karson Beaty says:

    Dear Emily and family,

    You know I read your blog and love all your posts! You are such a wonderful writer! I’m really sorry I’m just now writing on here, but you know what all has been going on with me. I hope you also know how much I think of you, my dear, sweet, wonderful friend. I’m so happy for all of you. You are such a wonderful mother and she will be such a perfect addition to your family. She already is before she’s even joined you! 🙂

    As for names, my immediate thought was Lily and Jason likes that one too. 🙂 I also love other peoples’ suggestions of keeping part of her name, as I had thought that too. I love Nana’s suggestion of Hannah Min. 🙂 Or other variations like Minna or Minka? How about Karson?! Haha! JK! Other suggestions: Hope, something that means “Heart” in English or Chinese. . . Oh, there are so many ways you could go and so many to choose from! I know you will pick the perfect name. 🙂 You all and Min remain in my daily thoughts and prayers! I love you all so much!

    Love, hugs, laughter, & happiness,

  34. How exciting, Emily!

    I like Lily (because lilies are so beautiful and I always think of Asia, but we have tons over here in the states too, so it’s sort of an Asian-American blend, which will be just like her life) and Grace (because it is by the grace of God that you found each other:-)

    Whatever you name her- she was will beautiful and she is so lucky that you all are going to be bringing her home.

  35. Howard Kuo says:

    Congrats we are so excited for you! I won’t venture a name but would say pick something that is easy for Chinese to say. Some of the names mentioned above may not work so well in that regard like Audrey, Amelia, Lily. You might find more success with Charlotte, Charlie, or Penny. Good luck!

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