She's only four and she just arrived in the United States. However, little Ma-Shu-Wey is taking center stage and developing a quick fascination with bubbles.
Her English is limited, but language is no barrier when it comes to love.
"She's just so adorable. I want to pick her up and hold her," Krista, a Beverly Hills Middle School student, said.
"I'm glad Ms. Jarrell got her daughter. She deserves her," Taylor from Ms. Jarrell's class said.
While Diane Jarrell's adoption of her little girl from China has brought so much joy to her and her sixth grade class at Beverly Hills Middle School, it's also been a difficult journey.
"The trip was harder than I thought. As excited as I was, I wanted Sarah there and that was so hard," Diane Jarrell told NewsChannel 3.
Sarah was Diane's first daughter. She adopted her nearly ten years ago from China, just after her first birthday. However, at age eight, Sarah died from a viral infection. It didn't take long for Diane to set to work fulfilling Sarah's dream to adopt a little sister from China.
"After I got Sarah, the house felt small. Then, she died and I thought, I'm okay. Now, Ma Shu-Wey is here and it feels very small again," Jarrell said.
Ms. Jarrell's class helped prepare the way for Ma-Shu-Wey's arrival. They learned Chinese to build an instant bond.
"She's from another country. Won't ever travel to China--way far away... Learned Chinese," Silas from Ms. Jarrell's class said.
"I'm her only playmate... Like having a newborn--you're exhausted," Jarrell said. "Sarah was very secure in our love and I want Ma-Shu-Wey to have the same dreams."
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