April writes: We are pleased and excited for you all to meet our newest addition…our miracle boy. Meet Benjamin! Benjamin was born on April 15, 2012, in Zhengzhou City, China. He and his new little brother, Silas, will share a birthday! How wonderful is that?!! He was abandoned the same day in the lobby of the hospital of his birth. We have expressed in … Read More Meet Benjamin!
While we waited the many months to bring the girls home, I wrote a couple of blog posts introducing our girls. Rick and I realized today that we had not yet done that for Silas. So, it is with great delight that we introduce you to our Son. 🙂 Meet Silas James! Silas was born on April 15th, 2013, in Zhengzhou City, China, in … Read More Meet Silas James
Hao La. This phrase was used much in our time while in China – it means, “It’s ok.” April and I were wanting to learn some Chinese phrases that would be a particular comfort to our children and we were told that ‘hao la’ is equivalent to our ‘it’s ok’. When the girls would cry through the night, “Hao la.” When Faith would not … Read More Everybody Say, “Hao La!”
Our trip home started at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon (EST), 5 a.m. China time. We had already packed the night before and had little to do the morning we left but to set the luggage out for the bellhops to pick up and take downstairs. Our van left at 7:00 a.m. on a beautiful morning in Guangzhou. We arrived at the Guangzhou airport, said … Read More Home. Sweet Home.
April writes: It’s our last night in China! And today was such a great day. We woke up this morning to gorgeous weather…sunny skies and fair temperatures. The weather was so beautiful that we decided to venture out to Shamian Island. Many adoptive families remember this place fondly as it is where they stayed in years past while their adoptions were in the final … Read More Last night in China!
The U.S. Consulate appointment went well this morning. Faith fussed a bit on the ride over but all-in-all, we were thankful to get through the process in relative short order. The girls will not become U.S. citizens until the plane touches down in Detroit on Friday evening. It was good to see the American flag at the U.S. Consulate. There were hundreds of people … Read More Two nights to go!
Tuesday evening has come, just three more nights until we leave for home! Tomorrow we go to the U.S. Consulate here in Guangzhou to take ‘the oath’ whereby we swear to love and care for our new daughters. The little ones have been such a wonderful joy and I believe that they have adjusted more quickly to us than we have adjusted to them. … Read More Total sweetness!
We had the medical checkup yesterday (Monday) for the girls. The children were taken to four different stations to check vitals, be examined, weighed, etc. For children over two years old, the final station is where their blood is drawn to test for TB. The clinic does not allow the parents back when the blood is drawn so all you can hear is their … Read More A rough day at the clinic
We have made it to the final week. We arrived safely in Guangzhou yesterday. April and I have been exhausted – we were still trying to get adjusted time wise, the girls have have taken a little getting used to and the busyness of toddling ‘twins’ has made for a combination that has really thrown us for a loop. Graceann has been a champ, she … Read More Final Week in China
It was a good day. We were able to stay in the hotel and spend quite a bit of time with the girls today. We received the paperwork back from the different cities that we have spent the last couple of days running to – we will take it with us to Guangzhou on Saturday. One of the items that we received is the … Read More A much needed rest day
April writes: Today has been a MUCH better day! Thank you all so much for your prayers! 🙂 After a good night’s sleep, we got up early this morning (6 a.m.) to start our day. The girls ate breakfast well and we were packed up and ready to leave for Luohe by 8. We had mentioned to our CCAI Rep Yisha about our tramautic … Read More Ni hao!