The first time I saw my child I was with my wife, Lisa, shopping at Target. We were passing time in the Children’s Department, as we often did - and still do – when we came across the cutest ensemble, a dainty shirt and pants set that was simply adorable. As I lifted the hanger from the rack, it was then I saw Shayla Brianne Reynolds, the moment she became a reality to me. As I held that tiny outfit above the floor, making it "walk" beside us, I saw our little girl perfectly clear, as real as if our adoption had already ended and she was home from China.
I couldn't see her features, the length of her hair, nor the curves of her smile; no, I couldn't "see" anything beyond that adorable outfit - at least not with my eyes. But with my heart I could see everything about her: the sparkle in her eyes that lit up when she looked at Mommy & Daddy because THEY had eyes that sparkled when they looked at her; the huge smile that threatened to stretch right off her face because Daddy and Mommy were laughing and being so silly; the features of a content, happy, and above all else, loved child who knew more than anything she was wanted and needed.
At that moment, I saw our child. She is beautiful.
Mark Allan Reynolds
This is the first ever outfit we bought for her...Classic Pooh.