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Monday, August 18, 2008


After breakfast our guide, Helen, escorted us to the orphanage. As orphanages go, it must rank as one of the nicest - absolutely clean, freshly painted in bright colors, kid friendly. We had to wait a few minutes while the staff finished a meeting. While we were waiting we read a note from Andy's foster mother which primarily listed all the foods he likes which include just about everything. Then we were taken to an empty room and told to sit on two stools. The director walked in with Andy and as you can see from the pictures, he was, at first, a little apprehensive. We hugged him, handed him his backpack and he promptly got out the cars and sat down on the floor and began playing with them. We joined him. From that point on and for the rest of the day he has been all smiles. I believe he must have been very well prepared but I am still wondering if he understands this is permanent. We went out to lunch at a nice Chinese restaurant and the boys have played in the room the rest of the day. We have lots of room for balls , giant balloons and the myriad of other toys we brought. They did lay down for a short while this afternoon and watched some of Cars but neither one slept. Andy rarely speaks-when he does, it is with a very deep gravely voice. I am guessing that has something to do with his cleft which is supposedly fixed. Cheryl and Lui Bo both spoke to him on the phone today and he seemed to understand them but only sort of grunted in response. We are headed for their first bath together with lots of bubbles and letters....


Special K said...

I have tears in my eyes reading about your gotcha day. Congratulations and best wishes for a strong bonding experience.

from another Tianjin mama

emily said...

CONGRATS!!! Your a mom and dad AGAIN! More power to you both!! And patience...and grace...and everything else :) So glad things are going smoothly over there, well, with exception of the car rides of course!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Looks like Andy and Ric have hit if off good. We can't wait for you guys to get home so we can meet Andy in person.
God Bless,
Margaret, David & LoriBeth

Anonymous said...

I to had tears in my eyes,looking and reading Gotcha Day! PTL PTL is all I can say.You all look so Beautiful together.The joy I feel right now for all you is overwhelming.
Love you all,

Amanda said...

Yea!!!!!! I'm so glad everything is going so well! Looking forward to seeing you soon and meeting Andy!

Cathy M said...

Rejoicing with you, what an answer to prayer! The pictures are great and looks like the shopping was too:) Love you all, Cathy

Alice said...

What an adventure! I can't wait for Andy's homecoming. (We have such fond memories of Andre's Welcome-to-Franklin party at your house--I only wish he can remember it!) See You Soon! Love, Don and Alice

Louanne said...

How wonderful!! Congratulations to your family.

Louanne from the LCC group

T & L said...

we can't wait to meet our new little brother!

Anonymous said...

We are so happy for you all.
We rejoice with you and can't wait to see you and meet your new little man.
You all have been and remain in our prayers.
Blessings to you.
Tom & Lainey

David and Sarah said...

So sweet! Your family looks delightful. Congratulations!
May the blessings of Jesus be upon you this day.

Wright Family said...

Thank you one and all for you wonderful comments. It feels great to know we are not alone; many are following along with us! Keep those cards and letters coming in!!! jerry