Before and After Pictures

Don’t forget to keep checking the Babies!!! post, I just love seeing a page full of blogs again.

Today’s post is a new look at referral pictures – it’s about what happens later, once the baby has a family.


Mcginnisc’s daughter around twelve months in referral photo, three and a half years old in the current photo.

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Finsup’s daughter. Referral picture taken at three and a half years. Current photo taken yesterday at five years and eight months.

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Dunedin’s daughter. Referral photo taken at about six months, current photo taken at three and a half years.

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These three are OneBlessedFamily’s children:
Top: Lydia’s referral picture at age five, then Lydia now, age eight
Middle: Sam at twenty months, then Sam now at four years
Bottom: Pierre’s referral picture at seven months, and now at eighteen months

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Sarahkate60120′s daughter at referral at approximately eight months and then a current picture at three and a half years old.

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Waitingforkaitlyn’s daughter at five months and now at two years.
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Mybabygirl’s daughter at nine months and now at seventeen months.

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Lovemybulldog’s son at thirteen months and now at three years.

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HoosierBaby’s daughter at nine months and now at three years.

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Katri’s daughter at one year and now at three and a half years.

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Trace7′s daughter at nine months and now at two and a half years.

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Emory2001′s daughter at seven months and then at fourteen months.

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Jqiscoming ‘s daughter at four months and now at two and a half years.

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SoccerMom’s daughter at six months and now at seven years.

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These two children belong to Wrigsassy:
Top: Her son at nineteen months and now at two and a half years
Bottom: Wrigsassy’s daughter at ten months in the referral photo and now at three and a half years

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patience432′s daughter at twelve months and now at two years

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Jenele’s daughter at five months and now at four years
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59 Responses to “Before and After Pictures”

  1. 3kids2dogs1hubnME Says:

    This is your best post yet! I just love seeing these kids- and boy, how they have changed. How blessed we all are!

  2. vtmama Says:

    As an April 06′er, one of the few benefits of this long wait is “watching” the RQ kids grow up. Gorgeous post. Thanks for the needed lift and to all that submitted and to RQ.

  3. scrapping in ontario Says:

    Beautiful!! What fun to see these precious little ones at referral time and now!

  4. chinapromise Says:

    Beautiful, precious pictures!!! Thanks for the special blessing this morning RQ. And thanks to those who shared their pictures.

  5. KW Says:

    What an amazing post. These families are truly blessed. Those of us waiting have so much to look forward to.

  6. Carolina Says:

    Hey RQ, this has got to be your best all time blog entry!!!!
    Thanks for helping us all remember why we are standing in line and that there are happy endings to the wait. And once the wait is ended and you are home with your darling children in your arms you begin a life time of happy memories. These pictures are priceless! Thanks for sharing!

  7. mom2lingling Says:

    Priceless! That is the way to start the day!

  8. YR Says:

    What a great way to start my day. Thanks to you all for sharing those pics. They are all just too cute for words.

  9. sewhopeful22 Says:

    GREAT post!!! Love seeing all those beautiful, loved, healthy children!!

  10. sofiasmama Says:

    What a wonderfu post and what gorgeous children! :)

  11. kbro Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures…I think that they just made an awful lot of people smile! Have a great day!

  12. the_raudys Says:

    Love the post! Would love to see more when rumors are slim!

  13. lid091206 Says:

    My absolute favorite post ever! Seeing these beautiful faces gives me hope that one day it will happen for us! It put a smile on my face this morning!

  14. homecoordinator Says:

    Beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thomson Says:

    RQ, This is just beautiful. With an LID of 08/26/08 these pictures help me to realize why I continue to wait patiently! Thanks very much. I know the road is a long one, but these pictures help me to realize how worth it it will be! Thanks again. Have a great day everyone!

  16. waitbabywait Says:

    Best blog post ever!
    Thanks so much to everyone who shared!
    I’m sure DH and I will revisit this often!

  17. Briellesmom Says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, RQ!! What little beauties. It’s hard to believe that next month will already be one year since we received our referral!! Brielle has come a long way since Gotcha Day. It is so worth the wait everyone. Hang in there!

  18. metonda Says:

    This is great. I actually remember seeing some of these pictures when they were referred. My heart is warm and fuzzy right now ;o)

  19. superbonbon Says:

    love love love these!!!
    LID 3.27.06

  20. SalomesMom Says:

    What beautiful and touching post!

  21. chinaFLbaby Says:

    How beautiful! I just love to look at before and after photos. It warms my heart and gives me hope. Such beautiful children!

    Susie LID 05/15/06

  22. hotmama Says:

    OK, I made it through receiving our referral photos last night without crying — I was just completely, totally stoked and happy.
    But this post made me teary! What a wonderful set of photos … just lovely.
    It’s worth the wait, everyone …

  23. Dori Mom Says:

    Check out my before & after of my daughter’s referral pic which I just recently posted on her blog. RQ has permission to post it here.

  24. Trace7 Says:

    I love reading all the comments, as I hoped submitting our sweet Charlotte’s picture would make waiting families smile and give them renewed hope. :)

    – Tracy (Trace7)

  25. lightiv Says:

    RQ, thanks for this post as it is very therapeutic for those of us that are still waiting.

    LID: 06/22/06

  26. shemajo40 Says:

    Wow, what a beautiful post – best one yet. All the babies are so very beautiful and growing up so fast. I remember the “Dunedin’s” picture so well. That was the very first referral photo I saw since we began our adoption. We started in Jan 2006 and are still waiting with a LID of 08-08-06. I was so excited the first time I got that email from our agency on the stork alert and then saw her picture afterwards that I printed it out just to show my friends what I have to look forward too one day. It’s nice to see her photo again and see how much she’s changed. Thanks for bringing back old memories.

  27. patientlywaiting Says:

    Thank you everyone for sharing such beautiful pictures. We are getting so close to a referral and this just makes me realize how much we can’t wait for it to be our turn. They are all adorable, you are so blessed!

  28. meilismom Says:

    Beautiful post! Thanks to everyone who shared pics of their precious children. RQ-I hope you’ll do a post like this again in the future. This is what it’s all about folks!

  29. Lee Says:

    What amazed me about this post is how long I have apparently been checking out referral posts on RQ. I think I had seen 90% or more of these referral photos, but how lovely to see the kids now. So, so cute!

  30. sarah123 Says:

    Great post! It’s amazing the change in just a few months even. Our referral picture was taken at 13 months and now our most recent pics are at 20 months. Feel free to take a look. (music on site)

  31. At Last Says:

    What a fantastic post. These little ones start off like a blank canvas and blossom into beautiful painting with the love of a family!

    Just warms the heart. Thank you.

    LID 03/15/06

  32. Mom2Isabel Says:

    What a blast! This post includes some of my old Aug/Sep 05 LID friends. I have not seen updated pics of the kids. I remember the referral pics. What fun. I want to play. Can I send pics, RQ?? Can I, Can I, Can I? [Said in a whiney Three-year-old voice that I know ALL too well.]

    : )

    PS Hi Dunedin!

  33. RumorQueen Says:

    I will try to do this two or three times a year, but please don’t send pictures right now. Just keep an eye on the forum for the next time I ask for them and you can send them then.

  34. allisonsmom Says:

    This just made my day and made me remember all over again why we are doing this (not that I need much reminding!!!). They are all so incredibly beautiful! Emory2001, watch out, those modeling agencies are going to be banging down your door!!

  35. Jess Says:

    Wow. Cute, cute, cute! This is what it’s all about! Every child should have a family to love him/her! It’s great to know that all of these children are getting the love and devotion they deserve.

  36. danilyns Says:

    priceless! Look at all these kiddos thriving!

  37. hopesemper Says:

    LOVE this post, all the children are beautiful.


  38. LouiseMe Says:

    Thank you, RQ. Thank you, thank you, thank you. These pictures brought tears to my eyes and hope in my heart.


  39. SanRN Says:

    This is great!!
    I actually recognize alot of the referral pictures due to this LONG wait!!!
    They are all so beautiful!!
    Thank YOU RQ- you are a God-send!!!

  40. 2qts4me Says:

    Gorgeous children.!

  41. emory2001 Says:

    Aw, thanks alisonsmom. The whole post made me cry! Definitely the best, and I’m so glad RQ is planning to do it again. I love seeing all those gorgeous babies!

    Baby Emory’s picture is one that my husband took on the side while we were having her professional pics done. So it’s a sneak peak of some soon-to-come photos on our blog (the link is always in my sig). It was so hard to pick just one. The girl doesn’t ever take a bad picture.

  42. nantup Says:

    I have never posted at this site but check it regularly to see what is going on. I had to post after I saw Sarahkate60120′s pictures. Your daughter looks so much like my oldest daughter (now 7 from Hefei) that I had to ask what province she is from. Wow…it’s like looking at old photos.

    Blessings to all of you who wait!!!

  43. dutchdeb Says:

    WOW!!! I love this post!!! Thanks RQ!

  44. ziggy Says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing post! Thank you everyone for sharing your pictures. It is very emotional to see these beautiful little ones blossom into such special children. It is amazing for me, as I’ve been around here since 2006, to see some of the referral pictures and recognize them and then to see that they are so much older now… Time has flown by really.

  45. slbmacy Says:

    best post ever!

  46. LittleMaplesMom Says:

    Thanks for posting this, and thank you to everyone for letting us take a brief glimpse at their precious children. :)

  47. katiequest Says:

    Thank you to everyone who shared photos. These are the best!! It’s great to see the happy children.

  48. stevencocoj Says:

    This post made me cry!! This is so encouraging to us waiting families! Thank you!

  49. MyKidsMommy Says:


    I have to ask, where is your dd from? She resembles my dd so very much it is shocking!

  50. skye06 Says:

    Got all teary, too, and then I saw BabyGirl’s referral photo and laughed out loud! Veeery intense expression. Thank you SO much for sharing. Yes, Trace, it does give renewed hope.

  51. carolinacooks Says:

    Thanks, RQ, for this beautiful post! We just got our referral, and wonder all day long what our baby girl will be like when we finally meet her and what she’ll be like as she grows up. I found a website about 3 1/2 years ago which was devoted entirely to Then and Now pix, but I can’t find it now. If anybody knows of it, I’d love to hear. We’ll post when I get done creating a blog..

  52. jqg2006 Says:

    I have a different blog user name than in the regular forum but I’m jqiscoming in the forum and apparently jqg2006 in the blog. Our DD is from Jiangxi province. Where is your daughter from? If you know how to PM me, please do and maybe would could compare more pix and info. I couldn’t figure out how to PM you via the blog.

  53. sarahkate60120 Says:


    My daughter Anna is from Guizhou. We suspect she is part of a large minority group present in that area. Does your daughter’s province have many minority groups? I’d love to see pictures of your daughter to compare. I have some more pictures of Anna at:

    The after picture that I posted for this post is not the greatest, but she had just had her hair cut and I hadn’t uploaded many other pictures of her with short hair.

  54. MyKidsMommy Says:

    jqg2006: I am a moron in the PM department as I can’t figure out how to PM you! My dd is also from Jiangxi. She just turned 4 years old. Do you have a blog?

  55. Jojo Says:

    This was a fantastic idea! I loved seeing these before & after photos. All of the children are beautiful!

  56. MyKidsMommy Says:

    Here’s my email address so we can chat. Hope this is okay to do RQ as I am totally clueless as to how to PM someone.


  57. chinagirls Says:

    To patience432’s
    I can’t believe how much your daughter’s picture reminds me of my daugher, I thought it was actually my daughters picture put up. The likeness is scary. If you don’t mind me asking how old is she now and what province is she from. I would swear they are related. Olivia is from Nanfeng SWI in Jiangxi Province and is 3 1/2 years old. I hope this email finds you as I have been thinking about this since the picture was posted and I just need to know if they could possibly be related….I know long shot, but if I didn’t ask I’d just keep on thinking about it and drive me nuts

  58. patience432 Says:


    I just saw your post but couldn’t find your user name in the forum to PM you. My daughter is from Guangxi and just turned 2. Have you posted a picture of your daughter in the forum somewhere? I would love to compare our girls’ pictures!

  59. chinagirls Says:

    To patience432’s

    Email me at I just joined here but really have not looked around anywhere other then at rumours.
    I’d love see other pictures and send you some.