Follow along on our adoption story as we pick up our children in China and experience the wonderful joy and blessing of adoption!
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Picking up our Daughter in China (Adoption Story part 3)
Day 7: Meeting our Daughter
We had much, much less information about our daughter so we were a little more uncertain on what she was going to be like. We know she just had heart surgery, but not what it is for. So we have lots of nerves entering today!!! Plus after just having experiencing a gut wrenching hand off with our son I’m not sure I’m ready for another one; and what will it do to my son. Praying; God who has clearly led us here will guide us and take care of all of us.
Watching everyone play in a room after we got “home” with our daughter my heart was over flowing with love and gratitude. What a blessing these children are to our family – they are treasures!
Day 8 – Lots of Appointments
Day 9 – Passport & Play time
Day 10 -Government Holiday
Day 11 – New Years Day
Day 12 – Safari Park
Day 13 – Visiting our Daughter’s Orphanage
Today was a powerful reminder that no matter how much food, clothes, toys, medical care, and love a child can get in an orphanage, nothing can take the place of a forever family! We are forever grateful for the care she received here and pray each and every child here finds there forever family SOON!
Day 14 – Visiting our Son’s Orphanage
It was hard to watch our son just go from nanny to nanny and seem to completely forget about us as he played with all his toys and was loved and dotted on. I know it is good for him, but I’m not going to lie – it was hard for me! But then. about an hour into our visit he came back to find me, hugged me, and stayed on my lap the rest of the time. I was so very, very relieved. He was glad to see everyone, but he wanted to STAY with us!
Day 15 – Consulate Appointment & Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
Day 16 – Last day in Guangzhou
Day 17 – Train to Hong Kong
Today I’m reminded of how far our son has come and the journey he still has. He has bonded really well with me and he always prefers me – I’m his #1 Mama…..but when checking in the lady gave him a sticker and he immediately reached to be held by her. Since he had so many “Mamas” it is going to be a while until he grasps he only has one mama.
Our daughter says “hi” to everyone, but won’t go to others. The fact that she strongly attached to ONE nurse has made a huge difference in her transition. She is just transferring that attachment. She is also starting to cry less at bedtime, and not at all when being changed – what a blessing that she is feeling safe.
Day 18 – Hong Kong Disneyland
- Praise God no one got sick!
- Praise God all the logistics worked out
- Praise God for traveling mercy
- Praise God for just the right son for us – he is sweet, cuddly, has a great laugh, a wonderful personality, and more.
- Praise God for just the right daughter for us – she has the best laugh, smile, super smart, great sense of humor, very friendly
- Praise God for his perfect timing
- Praise God for great guides and new friends
- Praise God for the finances to make this happen
- Praise God for hubby’s job giving him the time off to be with us for 3 weeks.
- Praise God for our three older kids patience and adaptability
- Praise God for choosing us to be the parents of these 5 treasures!
- Praise God for our friends and family who have supported and prayed for us throughout this trip
- Praise God that even when things get tough, he is still there
- Praise God for new beginnings
- Praise God for the joy of children’s laughter
- Praise God for health insurance & modern medicine so they two could live!
Praise God there are two fewer orphans, two more Gordens!!
Join me tomorrow as I explore Why Adopt as part of my new weekly adoption series!! My heart is to take the mystery and “scariness” out of adoption so more of these amazing, precious, and wonderful treasure will find their forever family!