I have lots to write since it has been almost 36 hours since my last post. It really has been a crazy ride and we have been just exhausted. We left
Nanchang and thankfully our
guide/translator went with us. Shirley
helped us get our boarding passes and took us to security. We said our goodbyes and she waited while we
got through security which was a blessing because Richard got through with no
problem, but the gentleman was not going to let Jayden through because we do
not have his passport yet. We were told
we could get through security with just his adoption papers. I was able to call Shirley up to help me and
after a few words he said go ahead.
The flight was interesting. Of course we were the only Americans on the plane :) There is another long story about our plane ride, but I will save that for another time.
|Waiting for the plane to Chengdu|
We got off of the plane about 3:30 p.m. and was met by our guide/translator. She told us we were going straight to the orphanage to get Seth as they were waiting for us. Again...we thought we might have at least an hour to get things settled in our hotel room, but that was not to be. It was a 45 minute drive to the orphanage. We go to the directors office to wait for Seth and the orphanage translator, Mandy, shares some photos with us and tells us what a great student he is. It is at this time I whip out my picture of the "Three Amigos" and ask if we can meet Lucky and Ned to which she says absolutely. I also give her a letter and photos from Lucky's soon to be adopted family.
Let me just say this was not what we expected our "gotcha day" with Seth to be like. It was several hours of just raw emotion. I guess we thought we would show up and he would have said his goodbyes and been ready to go. That was not the case. We were witnesses to his goodbyes with his friends, the orphanage staff and his foster family. Let me just say that ZhangYun was well-loved. I am thankful that we allowed to be a part of it because it has given us a new appreciation for what Seth is going through.
|The entrance of the orphanage|
|Ned who has a beautiful smile|
We did get a picture of Ned, Lucky Dusty (Seth) and his foster parents. His foster mom gave me the biggest hug and just held on. We explained to her that we would keep in contact and send lots of updates. We also told the orphanage translator that the boys could Skype to keep in contact until their adoptions were finalized to which she was thankful for.
By the time we got to the hotel and got settled in it was after 8:00 p.m. We were all exhausted. I apologize that it took so long to get this blog entry done. This morning we ate breakfast and then went to do adoption paperwork. Seth agreed to let us be his parents and we agreed to always love him and never break that relationship. Because ZhangYun is over ten years old he had to verbalize and hand write that he agreed to be adopted. Again, it was very emotional as the lawyer (notary) talked about why he is an orphan which made us very sad. His mother abandoned him and his father tried to take care of him, but got sick and died when Seth was only four. We then went to the civil affairs office and completed the paperwork. I asked the orphanage translator if Seth told her he was doing okay and she told us that he already loved us and knew we would be good parents. Wow! What an emotional 24 hours.
Tomorrow we are going to the Panda Sanctuary to see baby pandas. Then we are going back to the orphanage. We want Seth to able to spend as much time as he wants with his friends before we leave on Sunday. The orphanage staff want to see him again too. The director sent him money today and bought him a new suitcase for his clothes. The translator from the orphanage keeps telling us how much he was loved by all.