Anna Lim, who works in the Concessions/Retail sector of the airport, is native to Los Angeles and has been working at the airport for a decade. She and her husband have been married for 15 years and have three biological sons. Despite a beautiful family, Lim, like many women, still yearned for a daughter. “Having a daughter didn’t happen naturally,” Lim says. “So we expanded to adoption. If felt natural, though, for us to adopt a baby from China since my husband and I are both Asian-American. We’ve been blessed with the perfect daughter for our family.” Daughter Sara has been with the Lim family since last November and mom is proud to report that Sara is a happy, healthy, gentle and sweet baby. “It has been a wonderful experience parenting a girl. She is very girlie! But most of all, we feel our family is complete,” Lim admits. “My boys love her so much. She is getting a lot of love and affection.” The Lim family waited two years to adopt Sara, and during the wait received support and encouragement from FCC (Families with Children From China), a nonprofit that guides and supports adoptive families.
Lew Winslow is a Superintendent of Airport Operations at LAX. Winslow has been at the airport for 12 years now, managing the Regulatory Compliance office. Winslow and his wife Tanya, an executive distributor of a nutritional beverage, view the adoption of their daughter Hannah as a love story of sorts! “Our hearts have never been more full of love and gratitude,” Winslow says. In the Spring of 2001, Lew and Tanya were each on their second marriage, but Lew wasn’t thinking about the prospect of children, because he enjoyed a whopping 18 nieces and nephews on his side of the family!
But Tanya had other ideas. “She didn’t have any prospects of becoming an aunt on her side of the family,” Winslow says. “Even before we were married, she had considered adopting from China, because at that time, they were adopting to single women.” As time passed, the couple discussed domestic adoption, but “Tanya just couldn’t get China and those beautiful baby girls out of her mind,” Lew recalls.
After a visit to a local Families With Children From China (FCC) gathering, The Winslows were ready take the step and admit “the doors swung open for us. There was lots of paperwork and lots of waiting, but in March of 2003, we were on our way to Guangzhou with 28 other families to bring home our baby girl.” Despite the onset of social issues like the Iraq War and the SARS scare, the Winslows were undeterred. Lew beams, “We absolutely fell in love. So much so that two years later, we were back in China adopting our second daughter, Tara.” The Winslows believe that an ancient Chinese belief is the guiding principle of their family, saying, “There is a belief that there is an invisible red thread that connects people who are destined to be together. The thread may be twisted or pulled but never broken. This saying has been taken in by the heart of the adoptive Chinese community and without question applies to us. The family we have become is the family that was meant to be.”
Mark Miodovski has been a Senior Management Analyst in the Concession Services Division of Los Angeles World Airports for nearly half his 23-year city career, where he has developed and managed a number of different contracts with various concessionaires at LAX. His wife Donna is a registered nurse. The duo adopted their twins Annie and Allie in 1999 from the girls’ hometown of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China, in a move that brought considerable happiness to the lives of everyone involved in the family. Miodovski remembers, “Bringing Annie and Allie into our family, or us becoming part of their family, has been an unbelievable wonder. People will sometimes tell us what a great thing they think we’ve done, but it’s really the other way around. The girls have enriched our lives beyond comprehension. In a way, they’re continuing a couple of our families’ traditions, since Donna and her mother were both twins, and my parents were also both immigrants to the United States.” The girls are now 10 years old and the family lives in Torrance with their dog, Norman.
– AMY SCIARRETTO