Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tiny P's Family Day Story...

For little M's and baby J's family days, we met them in the morning. Meeting your child in the morning means you don't have as much time to stress and obsess...

Tiny P's orphanage is eight hours away from Changsha, where we are staying, and it is the capital of Hunan, so the adoption had to be finalized here.
Because it is eight hours away, we had to wait till late afternoon to meet our tiny P. We ate breakfast, then came back and got everything ready, then we went to lunch...then we just waited and waited and waited...

Finally, it was time to go to the civil affairs office!

This was the same building we met our baby J at, and though baby J didn't seem to remember it, it was sweet to be able to think about the day we got baby J, and how far he has come since.

The husband and I were watching for the orphanage van out the window, so that we could capture the moment she arrived.


Little M and baby J were so excited and they were waiting to see tiny P the moment she got off the elevator. The man carrying her is the orphanage director, and the woman is the person who does the paperwork for the orphanage. The little boy behind them is our tiny P's best friend, her big brother from the orphanage, and she is VERY attached to him, so we were thankful that they brought him along.


Tiny P had gotten very car sick in the van on the way to us, poor thing, and she had a terrible heat rash, but little M declared that she was still the cutest baby girl in the world.


Baby J was very anxious to be in tiny P's space, and his big love was a little overwhelming, ha.


We will forever be grateful to this man, tiny P's orphanage director. He worked very hard to get tiny P the medical care she needed, and to get her file prepared for adoption. Tiny P's orphanage is very small, only around thirty kids (little M's has around 800 kids, and baby J's has around 400 kids),  and we could tell that he works very hard for the kids in his care. There were two other little girls who had similar heart conditions, and we were told that they first went to a local hospital for their surgery, and sadly didn't make it... so when tiny P needed surgery, he worked to get her sent to Beijing to the hospital there, and he took her himself. We love his heart and his care for our girl, and even though he clearly cared about tiny P, he was thrilled she was being adopted.



Little M was able to coax a smile out of tiny P, and she was very proud of herself...


Then, sadly, when it was time for us to leave, the people from the orphanage snuck out while tiny P was occupied, and when she realized they were gone, we became the abductors... she was terrified and inconsolable. It was a long afternoon, as she screamed in terror at everything until she finally cried herself to sleep.  She slept all throughout the night, but wouldn't take any of the formula the orphanage sent.

The next day when we went to the civil affairs office, she was again inconsolable unless she was with someone from her orphanage, but we asked them not to sneak out, and instead to tell her goodbye and let her see them leave. It definitely seemed to help a bit, and she was less terrified of us for the rest of the day.

Finally today she is taking a bottle, which is a relief, but she is still so sad and scared. She is more attached to the husband at this point which is so sweet to see, and she prefers to be held and carried.


We only have a couple more days until we head to Guangzhou and begin the second part of our journey home!

Ours...

We were pleasantly surprised that tiny P was able to sleep through the night last night... we were told that, according to her schedule, she had several bottles throughout the night, and she did wake up a little and drink some water out of a bottle, but she never cried and each time she went right back to sleep.

Also, we were told that tiny P does not eat solid food, but only takes a bottle. This is definitely true... she does not know how to chew, and gags easily, even with the smallest bit of smushed up banana we tried. She has unfortunately refused all attempts at giving her formula, also. So she has had nothing to eat for the past two days, and what little she did try, she has thrown up. Please pray that we are able to get some nutrition into our girl!


Today was the day we signed all of our paperwork to make tiny P ours...


We fingerprinted our signatures, and promised never to abandon her, and to always love her. We were asked several times if we knew that she had a severe heart defect... yes we knew. And we answered yes, we definitely still want her!

Tiny P was again pretty miserable. Yesterday, the people who brought her to us snuck out while she was playing, and when she realized they were gone she was terrified. She was especially close to a little boy she called "big brother," and wanted him close to her at all times. She clung to him the whole time we did the paperwork. I was glad they brought him with her to say goodbye, he was very sweet with her, and she obviously adores him. He is also paperwork ready! Let me know if you think you might have room in your heart for a sweet ten year old boy!
Today we asked that the orphanage people say goodbye before leaving, and I think that helped tiny P a little bit.  I'm pretty sure she thought we kidnapped her yesterday... what else would she think?


Tiny P got her foot stamped for the paperwork...



Tiny little foot...



And it was done. For better or worse, whatever may come, she is ours!


A lady from her orphanage was able to coax a little smile from our girl...


Then we were back to the hotel.



Tiny P took a little nap, and, even though she still is mourning, and cried quite a bit this afternoon, she didn't scream in terror when she saw me after her nap...progress!


Tomorrow we are laying low, and hoping that our girl is able to at least take a bottle, if not eat!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Tiny P's Family Day...

We have our little girl!


I will share more about tiny P's family day soon, but for now I leave you with pictures...

Our girl is grieving SO hard, would you please say a prayer for her?


She is miserable and she is sick, but she is beyond adorable...


And just like that... we are a family of five.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today...

We went to bed early last night, and woke up excited this morning...because today is the day we meet our tiny P!

We went to breakfast, and now we are just waiting...


It is 10am on Monday morning here is China, and we meet our girl in FIVE hours!



We have our gifts ready for the people who will help us adopt tiny P today, and some thing ready for our girl... now we just wait to leave!

Please pray for our girl...she will have travelled eight hours this morning to get to us, and it will already be a stressful day for her.

Sunday...Four Months Ago

Four months ago today we received our provisional approval from China saying that we could move forward in adopting tiny P...
And tomorrow, we are going to meet her! A lot has happened in the past four months, and we are excited to see what the coming months will bring.
Eucharisteo ...giving thanks before the blessing...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Phone Dump...

Since we will be in China during little M's half birthday, we celebrated her half a little early...


She didn't mind a bit!


We also wanted to give her a special gift before we left...


We usually do one half birthday gift, but this time we had two... this necklace showing "I love you" in sign language...


And a camera! We wanted her to be able to take her own pictures in China. I am excited to see what she comes up with!


This boy. Even when he is in time out, and so not happy, he is so cute.



Splashing in a wading pool.




















My Monday morning coffee date with my precious girl...



Everything in this house that can be sat on turns into some kind of vehicle. A boat, a train, a car, a plane... The pink chair was a boat this time. Ha.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ready To Go...

The bags are packed and we are ready to head out! These two are super excited about all the goodies in their backpacks...


Little M and I did our toes for the occasion. Yes, they have China maps...thank you, Jamberry!


We also have something very special packed away for Tiny P...


This quilt was made by some very special friends, and they worked SO hard to finish this for us in a short time, so we could take it with us.


You can read more about this beautiful quilt, and all that went into it on my friend's blog here at Art's Chili Pepper.

This family is so special to us, and they have prayed and supported us through our adoptions. They love us so well, and we are so thankful they are in our lives!


This special quilt is even more beautiful in person, I love the Paisley fabric done in honor of our Tiny P's name, but my very favorite is this...the red thread between our home in the US, and tiny P's birthplace in China.
It makes me a little choked up every time I look at it. Thank you, Wachters, we love you and are so blessed by your calm and prayerful support for our little one.


And, here we go!