Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Sweet Little Max
I can't believe that it has been 130 days since we saw your face for the first time. We knew the minute that we saw you that you were the little boy that God had called us to love. It is hard to believe we could fall in love so fast with a little boy's face that we saw in a picture that was miles away. We look at your picture all the time dreaming of what it will be like when we meet you. Our love for you has grown in our heart and we can't wait to hold you in our arms. We wish you could be with us this Christmas. Our family of 5 just doesn't seem complete without you. It is hard knowing that you are in an orphanage half a world away waiting for us to come. We trust that God is watching over you until we have you in our arms. It won't be long sweet boy. This mommy's heart is about to explode knowing that in 23 days we will have you in our arms. You will know what it feels like have a mom and dad. You will no longer be an orphan, you will be our son! Hold on little man we will be there soon!
Merry Christmas!

(Pause the music at the bottom of the blog to listen to this song)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We Have A CA

It is hard to believe that the timeline on the side of the blog was empty months ago. Now it is completely full. The day we have been waiting for. The day we meet our son is right around the corner. Our agency has confirmed a CA (consulate appointment) on January 25.

Our tickets to China and back home with Max are booked!!!

We will be leaving for China on January 12. That is 3 weeks from today!

We will be arriving in Beijing the 13th.

We have Orientation with Holt on the 15th.

We fly to Jinan on the 16th.

The 17th is GOTTCHA DAY!!! We will see Max and hold our him in our arms for the first time. This is the day we have been waiting for. I have tears just thinking about how amazing this day will be.

The 21st we fly to Guangzhou.

The 25 is our CA.

The 27th we pick up Max's Visa and take a train to Hong Kong.

The 28th we board a plane to bring our son home.

Monday, December 20, 2010

It Is Official

To get the TA (travel approval) email was so exciting but to have it in hand feels nothing short of amazing. It again makes it even more real. We will be traveling to China soon to bring our son home.

It looks so official. Wait it should look official after the process it took to get here. The hours of paperwork, the money spent, the waiting .... it is all worth it. There is an end in sight, what an amazing feeling.

On December 7 China approved our request to come and get Max. I have to say it is the best Christmas present we could have received.

Hold on sweet boy we will have you in our arms soon!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Two Letter We Have Been Waiting For

We have our


We got an e-mail at 4:55 today from our agency that said "We are pleased to let you know that your travel approval has arrived and we are working on your travel schedule." Our agency is requesting a Consulate appointment so when they have confirmed a date we will be booking our flights to China. I just can't believe that in 3 - 4 weeks we could be on a plane to meet our little boy.

I have been on cloud nine since we received the news. Alexa and I were making cookies and I kept asking her what ingredient we had just put in the bowl and how much. Good thing she was on top of things or her Reindeer cookies would not have turned out. She asked me why I kept leaping in the air. She said, "Moms don't usually do that!" I would agree but it is not every day that the final piece of paperwork comes through on the journey to your son! She asked me if I was going to act like this for the rest of the month.

Stay tuned for travel dates. We hope to know by the end of the week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Almost There

Our Visa's to enter China are in hand so the last thing we need is our TA in our hands so we can make our reservations. I found out last week that we are on the line. We need to get our TA soon in order to try to squeeze into our agency's January travel group. Our agency stops travel the last 2 weeks of January and first 2 weeks of February because of the Chinese New Year. So if we don't travel in early January we will be pushed back a number of weeks. We are praying and hoping we hear from China this week. Pray with us that our paperwork would come quickly but that we would trust in his perfect timing as we anticipate the journey to our son.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, December 3, 2010

7 Days Down

I have heard and read from numerous people that Article 5 and TA are the hardest wait in the process. I feel like things have moved fast even in the waiting during our process. We had some long waits and unexpected life events that caused our Dossier to take longer than expected. Even with that the wait seemed to go fast. But now I know what people are talking about. Last night I said to Eric "This TA is taking forever but I can't believe it is Friday tomorrow!" Yes, I said it all in the same breath and he looked at me like I was crazy. So yes the weeks still fly but for some reason the TA count seems to stand still. I know it is the anticipation of finally having a date and knowing when we will be on a plane to get our little boy. In this process and in all the WAITING for the next step God continues to reveal his plan and his timing. Max and our love for him has been born in our hearts already so it is hard to imagine what if things had moved faster or slower but instead we rest that God had the perfect little boy planned for us and his hand continues to guide each step of our paperwork to bring him home. So in our anxiousness we rest in his timing for us to travel to get our little boy. Our agency said to plan on about 3 week for our TA. We have 7 days down, we are 7 days closer to the day we board the plane to China.

Monday, November 29, 2010

One Step Closer

One step closer .... we are almost there.

We received word from our agency today that our Article 5 was issued on November 26. I can't believe we are at the end of our paperwork journey and almost to the point that China tells us we can come to get our son. So again we wait .... we are waiting for TA (Travel Approval). We are so close yet I know this is going to be the hardest wait yet. I am so glad there is the business of the holidays and preparing for a trip to China to keep us busy and pass the time as we wait. After we get TA we will be making plane reservations. We are hoping to be on a plane in January to bring our little boy home.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks

This year we had a very relaxing, quiet Thanksgiving. We had Thanksgiving lunch with just the 5 of us at home. As we were preparing the Thanksgiving turkey I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that just a year ago we sat around the table at my parents and shared with our extended family that we were just starting the adoption process to bring a little boy home from China. A year later we are so close to bringing our little boy home. We have seen his face, we have fallen in love, we know his name ... now we just need to know what it feels like to hold him in our arms.

As we went around the table and each of us prayed about the things we were thankful for our new son and brother was on the top of every ones list. Shane was so cute he thanked God for his baby brother and made sure to ask God to make sure Max has a good day with his friends and that they take good care of him at his home.

As I looked around the table and saw the spot on the end that Max with soon fill it was so surreal to think this is the last Thanksgiving meal as a family of 5. We are so thankful for God's plan in bringing Max into our life. Soon our little man will be home to fill the 6th spot at our table and fill an even bigger spot in our hearts.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalm 100:4

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Name .... His Name

What is behind a name? Our little boy was given the name Fu Zhi Da after he arrived at the orphanage.

傅 Fu means wealthy

志 Zhi means will or purpose

大 Da means to attain or achieve

Fu is considered his "family name" or more like our last name. Fu is given to the kids that are brought to this specific orphanage. Zhi or the 2nd part of the name is often given to a child and represents the year that he came into care. Da was the name given specifically to our son. Zhi Da means to achieve purpose. From the day we began our journey we began praying for our son knowing he was probably born. We pray that as he grows he understands that he was born with great purpose and that God has a plan for his little life. I am thankful that God has called us to be part of that plan.

Now that his visa is in process we have had to firmly decided what his name is going to be. Names are hard. We knew we wanted to keep part of his Chinese name and after we received his referral "little Fu" became the name we called him and still often call him when we talk about him and pray for him. So we decided we wanted "Fu" to be part of his name. One night Eric and I were sitting out by the fire pit before our referral and I said we should probably start talking about names. Eric said what about Max? I began to smile and told him that was so funny to hear him say because that is the name that I kept thinking about. Max had been on our list of boy names before Alexa was born but then hadn't been brought back up with Emma or Shane. When we saw his picture we knew Max would suit him perfectly. We decided to have his middle name be Lei Fu. We wanted to honor my friend Leigh Ann in the way that she has helped mold me as a woman, wife and mom. We wanted to honor her in the legacy she lived and left behind as she was taken tragically from this earth. We loved how Lei Fu just worked and looked together. So it is official! Our sons name is

Max Lei Fu McDonald

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Year Ago Today

Today marks a year that we were accepted into the China program and began our journey to our son. Somedays it feels like we have been at this forever and in other ways it feels like we blinked and we are so close to holding our son in our arms. This year may be marked by the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. This was the year that I lost my best friend in a tragic car accident but it is also the year that God has given us the blessing of a new son to call our own. My friend Leigh Ann was our cheerleader and we talked almost daily. Leigh Ann and her husband were in the process of adopting domestically and so you can dare bet that something about adoption came up almost every day during our conversations. I miss her so much. I miss having her on this journey. I miss sharing each milestone we meet on the journey and yet I can still hear her voice or know what she would say when fear of the unknown creeps in. I so wanted to call her the day we got our referral and yet I could hear the words that would have come out of her mouth. She would have cried with me as she looked at the picture of our son. We both shared such a passion about being moms and wishing our kids didn't have to grow up and go to school. We always joked that we would just keep adding little ones and have a very full house. I am so thankful for her fingerprints all over my life. I am thankful for God's hand in my life even when things are hard and I don't understand things that happened around us.

Today marks a year that we have been in process but God had laid adoption on our hearts many years before November 7, 2009. In August Eric had actually brought up pursuing adoption which you can read about earlier on our blog. The very month we began discussing moving forward with adoption, researching agencies, emailing and talking with others who have adopted from China and praying about God's plan for our family was the very month our son was born and was found and brought to the orphanage.

So today marks a year. It is a year of incredible loss and incredible gain. It is a year that I hold tightly to the fact that God gives and he takes away. The taking away still hurts and it is hard to understand but I continue to trust that it is he who is holding me in the giving and the taking away! I know the days ahead will be filled with joy and yet there will be hard days on this journey. I am so thankful that God is walking before us on our journey. I pray that we can continue to put our complete trust in him.

Friday, November 5, 2010

2 Steps Closer

We were able to take 2 steps in the right direction this week. On Thursday the National Visa Center cabled Fu's visa information to the consulate in China. We received the letter from them on Friday. We emailed this piece of paperwork to our agency the minute it was in our inbox and it will go with the rest of our paperwork to the US Consulate in China.

What next?

In 2-3 weeks the consulate will issue our Article 5. The Article 5 is the consulate pre-approving Fu for an immigrant visa. After Article 5 is issued it will be brought to the CCAA (China Center of Adoption Affairs).

Once the CCAA received our Article 5, they will contact Fu's orphanage to make sure everything is in order and he is ready for adoption. Once the orphanage gets back to the CCAA, our TA (Travel Approval) will then be issued. That means that China is tell us we can travel to China to get our son. That is when we book flights and know the day that we will finally have him in our arms. I can't imagine what that day will feel like.

We are getting so close!

Pray with us that things continue to move smoothly. We are hoping to travel in January. February is when the Chinese New Year begins in China. Adoptions and travel is affected greatly and so we would love to be in China and home before February. We originally thought we would be traveling in late February or March when we looked at the average paperwork processing time. We are so thankful that we have been on the fast track through post referral paperwork instead. Now it doesn't always feel like the fast track but in the paperwork world things have moved really smooth. It is hard not to get our hopes up that that will continue. We know God timing is perfect. Pray that we continue to trust in his timing!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I800 Approval

I found out this morning that our I800 was approved. We are very excited to be another step closer to our little boy.


Our officer will forward our approval to the NVC (National Visa Center). NVC will upload our approval into their system and cable (send) our approval the US consulate. Then the NVC will issue a letter stating they have done this.

This sounds like a lot of steps but hopefully it will all happen quickly and with out an problems. The nice thing is when it is finished we will get to check cable and letter off our list on our timeline.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Package Is On It's Way To China

We sent our Agency a fun little package for Fu last week. It should be on it's way to China this week. We sent an album for him to play with and chew on but it also had pictures of all of us in it. Yes in the days to come he will see pictures of his new family. We are so excited! No he won't be able to comprehend what is going to be happening in the months to come but he will be introduced to us through his little book. Our agency also explained that this is as much for the nannies as for him especially when he is so little. It tells them that he has a family and begins to get them in the mindset of preparing him for his family. I would have never thought of it that way. We also sent a CD of chinese lullabies. It is our hope that they will play it for him from time to time and we also have a copy of it. We hope that if he hears it in the orphanage and then hears it when he is with us those first days it will give him something familar to bring him comfort. Again we will have no idea if they will actually play it for him but we are hoping the CD gets put to use.

Shane helped me put the pictures in the book and get the package mailed to our agency. Shane did ask "how many more times will we have to mail something for my brother?" Good questions Shane!! It seems like we do frequent the Fed Ex office! Every time I think we are getting to the end of paperwork and shipping things off another packet comes in the mail. We shall see what comes next!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Waiting For The Delivery

Shane and I waited for the Fed Ex man to come today to deliver our LOA. Shane heard the big truck coming down the road and was out the door!

Our LOA came with more paperwork to fill out. So I tackled what we needed to get done and I headed out to Eric's office to accept Fu Zhi Da's referral today.

We were approved by China on September 29,2010. Today we checked the box that says we accept the referral of Fu Zhi Da to be our son!

I then headed right back to the Fed Ex office to send our LOA back to our agency. A copy of our LOA, our I800 application and couple other items were sent off to USCIS today. What a great day! This feels like such a huge step!

So what next?

We will wait for our I800 approval!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

An Exciting Couple Days

On Wednesday I was talking with our agency about some new paperwork we were filling out for travel and visas. At the time of our referral they told us that it would take between 1-4 months for our LOA to come. LOA is the letter of acceptance from China stating that they have accepted our request and see us fit to adopt Fu Zhi Da. I asked our agency what kind of wait they were seeing lately for LOA. She said people in our situation that get a referral quickly tend to wait 60 - 90 days since our Dossier needed to be translated and then reviewed before we would receive our LOA. We were 42 days into our wait so at least we were that much closer I thought. I of course looked at the calendar when I got off the phone with hopes of seeing our LOA at the end of October so some time in November.

On Thursday I got an e-mail from our agency with a little information about little Fu. After we had gotten his referral we were able to ask a couple questions. One that wasn't answered until Thursday was about his personality and development. This is what we found out about our sweet boy .... He can play flexibly, he has good imitation ability. His personality is a little quiet. Hmmm what will it be like to have a quiet little boy. The little boy we have now is far from quiet. We just can't wait to get our hands on him and see his little personality. I was secretly hoping for some new pictures but we will take any information we can get!

On Friday I was on a little shopping get away with my mom for a couple days. I had pulled out my phone and saw a text from Eric that read. Holt (that is our agency) called and .......... Yes that is all my husband wrote. I tried not to get my hopes up because they could call about a number of things but I dialed Eric's number as fast as I could. We were in a Macy's departments store way on the basement level so my phone was cutting out and I couldn't hear Eric. I quickly found the escalator and ran up it to get to a place where I had reception. I dialed Eric's number again to hear .... we received our LOA . I couldn't believe it. We were at Day 44. I had prepared myself from not seeing that piece of paperwork come through until the end of October or November after taking with our agency on Wednesday! I'm sure I was beaming and in disbelief the rest of the day. Shopping turned into thinking about what things could I get that would be light and good to pack. I started looking at all the little boys clothes knowing our little man with be in our arms sooner than later. If there is one time I could pick to be on the short end of the paperwork chase this would definitely be it!!

I couldn't be more excited to pass on the news that we have received our

It is like something has flipped inside of me now. I think there is this sense of cautious dreaming you feel after referral. You dream about the day you step on the plane for China. You wonder what it will feel like to hold your little one in your arms and yet it seems so far away. This weekend it seems as though our LOA has changed that dream into a reality that could be right around the corner. LOA seems to be the potential big wait and the rest of the steps are more like 1-4 week waits instead of 1-4 months. Now that we have LOA it feels like travel could be right around the corner. I just can't believe that their is a potential to get our Travel Approval in about 2 months. I know time will fly with the holidays so it is time to start thinking about our packing lists, nesting and praying for the next steps to go as smooth and fast. We just can't wait to get to China to see our little man.

We are so excited to take a big step forward towards having our little boy home! Continue to pray with us as paperwork is processed and that God would protect and let those that care for him love on our little man until he is in our arms.

Monday, September 27, 2010

We Wait

We are still here and we are still waiting. That is what the next couple of months are going to be .... lots and lots of waiting!

Today marks 40 days into our LOA wait! We were told that it could take 1-4 months. Right now the average wait seems to be about 60 days. We are hoping we are getting close to our LOA and that we are on the short end of the wait!

We do know that we are 40 days closer to having our little boy in our arms. Please continue to pray with us for our little boy waiting for us in China and that things will continue to move along with our paperwork!

Friday, September 24, 2010

One More Thing Checked Off The List

A couple weekends ago Eric and I headed to Omaha, NE to finish our Parents in Process class with our agency. Way back in December we did the majority of the classes but the final class comes after referral. We enjoyed meeting other couples who are in the adoption process, it was fun to hear their story and what led them to their journey of adoption. We also were able to again gain insight on this journey. The areas that were covered in our classes were:

Adoption Triad and life long issues of adoption
How to talk to your child about adoption
Attachment and Bonding
Effects of Institutionalization
Transracial/Transcultural adoption
Learning to be a multi-cultural family
Adoption Losses and Gains
Life Books
Seven Core Issues of Adoption
Stereotypes of Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents, and Adoptees
Child Background and History
Child's Behavior and Adjustment to the Family
Family's Strengths, Resources and Limitations
Parents Skills and Adaption to Child

Eric and I were both a little under the weather but it was nice to get away for a night and spend Saturday at the class non the less. Our kids had a blast at friends houses and were not one bit sad to see us go. I think the best part of the weekend was just time for Eric and I to process, talk and focus on this journey were are on. It is so nice to have uninterrupted time away and a lot of time to talk!

It is official we have completed the classes! One more thing checked off the list!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Fun Surprise

On Friday I opened my e-mail to find an e-mail from our agency and an update on little Fu! I opened the first picture, then the 2nd and 3rd about did me in. Our little guy went from a baby into a little boy overnight. It was a very quick realization that he keeps growing while we wait. We are grateful for the good care he is getting and the obvious healthy growth but this mom is a little sad that he is getting so big already! Again, I poured over these pictures and studied every piece of them.

I love seeing him with his caretaker in this picture. The first thing I noticed was his healthy little head of hair. I also love how clean, bright and well taken care of the orphanage appears. It is fun to see 2 other little ones in the pictures with him. I checked out every little corner of the picture from floor to ceiling.

I loved it that we got a little side profile of him. I love his cute little ears and sweet little nose. It is fun to see his crazy hair. It reminds me of Shane's crazy hair! Looks like they will both be going in for frequent hair cuts. I chalk it up to another good sign that it is growing and looks healthy. He looks so alert and look at those cute little hands.

This is the picture that of course brought tears to my eyes. Those little chubby baby cheeks are now cute little one year old cheeks. He looks so happy, alert and yes it is good to see that he is growing. I love seeing his caretaker smiling at him and how cute she is with him. His little half smile is precious. Hold on little man don't grow up too fast!
We also found out in the update that his has grown in weight and height since the measurements we received at referral. He has 4 teeth. They said he has been healthy since his surgery other than the common cold. He loves to crawl fast on his belly and is walking with help. We are hoping there are more of these sweet updates in the months to come!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


After receiving our referral we spent time pouring over Fu Zhi da's file. Fu (foo) means "happy or rich" and Zhi da means "to be made great!" Stay tuned for his American name. We spend most of our time calling him little Fu!

We found out he was brought into care when he was approximately 4 days old. He was found by the Zhangian police and brought to Jinan SWI. They gave him an estimated birthdate of August 6, 2009. When he was 6 days old he became very sick and was taken to the hospital for some complications and had surgery. He was there for 16 days. As I read this in his file the tears flowed. The thought of my little boy, just days old, in a hospital by himself with no one to love on him was heartbreaking. Thankfully they will be days that he will not remember. After his release from the hospital he was taken back to Jinan SWI where he has been cared for ever since. He is a healthy little boy weighing 22 pounds and is is 30 inches long. Now of course we will not know how accurate these measurements are until he is in our arms. But his little chubby cheeks lead us to believe that he is a healthy little boy and is well cared for. The say he smiles easily and likes to be cuddled.

I can't tell you how many times I have looked over his file and the numerous times a day I find myself staring at his picture. I have tried to take in every little detail that I can. I wonder when we see him if he will have all that beautiful dark hair. They often cut it really short or shave it in the orphanage for easy care and in the summer when it is hot. I love his tiny little lips and those little fingers that are spread and raised off the mat on the picture of him laying on his tummy.

I am sure so many others have been in my shoes and have felt the same way ... I need more! When you see a picture of your child for the first time and they are miles away you just want more. I wanted to learn anything and everything about his province, city and orphanage. I e-mailed a dear friend who has walked this road twice and said, "HELP! Will I get anything done until I have him in my arms. All I want to do is stare at his pictures and find out more about him, where he lives and trying to analyze how long will it really be until we see him face to face. She replied with, "No you will not get anything done ... it is called bonding even though you are miles apart!" So when the house is a mess, we are grabbing take out again and there are not clean underwear you know what I have been doing .... BONDING!

Little Fu lives in the Shandong Province.

The Shandong Province is situated in the eastern part of China on the lower reaches of the Yellow River. It borders on the Bohai and Huanghai seas in the east, and overlooks the Korean Peninsula and the Japan Archipelago across a vast stretch of sea. The province has a total area of 156,000 square kilometers (about 60,235 square miles) and a total population of over 90 million.

Shandong, with a history of more than 5,000 years, is considered one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Shandong has also been the home of a large number of historical figures, whose important influences are still evident in contemporary China. Confucianism, founded by Confucius, the great thinker, educator and statesman in China is the pillar of traditional Chinese culture and has exerted great influence in the world.

The major historical sites in the Shandong Province are:

The inscriptions on clay pots unearthed at Dawenkou and Dinggongcun are believed to bear the earliest Chinese written language.

The ruins of ancient Longshan City which is considered the earliest city in China.

Portions of the Great Wall built during the Qi State period which is believed to be the most ancient great wall in the country.

Jinan, Shandong's provincial capital is one of China's most famous historical and cultural cities. It has numerous natural springs, hence its name 'Spring City'.

Shandong Province is also considered the birthplace of China's pottery, porcelain and silk. Throughout the province the tourist can find traditional items like the clocks and watches of Yantai, the porcelain of Zibo, the kites of Weifang, the shell-carving and beer of Qingdao.

(Taken from China Travel Guide)

He lives in the Capital of Shandong, Jinan.

Jinan, the 'City of Springs' is popular among tourists for its many springs.

Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, is located in the mid west of Shandong.

What kind of city is Jinan? We can see from its various unique characteristics.

Jinan is a historical city with a history of some 2000 years and is famed for its numerous relics. It is the cradle of the Longshan Relics Culture, the reputed prehistoric culture of China and is found in Longshan Town of Jinan, hence the name. In the area of Jinan, you will find far more than you would expect, the ancient Great Wall of the Qi State (a state of the Zhou Dynasty (770B.C. – 221B.C.)), the colored sculptures of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in the Lingyan Temple and so on.

Jinan is the home of Lu Cai (Shandong cuisine), a popular cuisine of China.

The unique tourist souvenirs available in Jinan include Ejiao, Black Pottery, Lu Embroidery and Wooden-Fish wares.

Jinan is the right place to see some very typical festivals including The Lantern Festival in the Baotu Spring Park, the Lotus Festival in the Daming Lake Park and the Double-Nine Festival on the Thousand-Buddha Mountain.

Jinan is a hospitable city and receives tourists from all over the world. Marco Polo once visited Jinan and left words of praise to this city. The Baotu Spring, Daming Lake and the Thousand Buddha Mountain decorate Jinan as a Garden City.

Compared with those capital cities, or other large and medium-size cities in China, Jinan has few advantages and lacks a metropolitan atmosphere, the highlight being its numerous springs. Some people say Jinan's glamour is not merely its enticing natural beauty, but more the warmth of the Jinan people. The beauty of nature is thin and weak, but the beauty that comes from people will last forever.
(Taken from China Travel Guide)

Little Fu is currently residing at the Jinan SWI (Social Welfare Institute), in Jinan City, China.

I have followed hundreds of people on their journey to China to adpot their little little ones over the years. I have web sites marked from 6 years ago of families that I have followed. I have taken in so much valuable information over the years which has been so helpful in our process. One thing I know is that you want your child to be in a Half the Sky Orphanage. I contacted the organization the day after we accepted our referral. I found out they are not part of his orphanage but they have provided training for the care takers at his orphange. I have also been in contact with a handful of families that have adopted little ones from the same orphanage. I was able to go back on their blogs and see pictures of the orphanage and staff as many of them were able to tour the orphanage. They had nothing but amazing things to say about the facility, staff and the amazing care these children are given. One gal said it was in the top 10% of "good" orphanages in China. I am not sure where that stat came from but I will take it as a good sign and it gives this mom a sense of peace that he is being cared for and loved until we have him home.

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