Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adoption Day

February 26, 2013: Adoption Day

Zak is officially a Kaeb. According to the laws of China, he is ours.

We had to go back to the same room we first received Zak in to complete the adoption. I was a little nervous how he would take it. Would he look for his nanny?

He was quiet on the bus and when we went in the room he stuck with me. But it didn't take long for him to start playing with the other kids. When we got back on the bus to go to the notary office, again, he only wanted me. I wonder if being on the bus made him nervous, sad, remembering what happened yesterday? I wish I knew what was going on in his little head. Does he understand that we are his FOREVER family?

After a quick lunch we had a two hour car ride to Pingdingshan (where both Zak and Suhn were born). We had to apply for his passport. He fell asleep in my lap on the way there.

We also visited the local orphanage. I believe both my China babies spent a little bit of time in this building. We walked in to a room with cribs that I thought were filled with blankets. When I looked closer I saw there were children under the blankets.

It was quiet. I walked from crib to crib looking at these sweet children who will probably never be adopted or know much of life outside this place. It is hard to think about, hard to take in.

Most of the kids we saw in the orphanage had more severe special needs. They told us that around 30 children lived there and over 100 children were currently living in foster care.

The difference between the orphanage and Angel House was vast. Again, so thankful for the care my babies received.

We did not stay long at the orphanage. They took our picture and asked for a picture of Suhn. We will send one when we get home.

As for Zak, he has been a joy. He has had moments when he seems sad. During those times he only wants me. But when he is ready to play, look out.

We have our busy days in Zhengzhou behind us now. The next three days are fairly open as we wait for Zak's passport to arrive. 

Thank you for all of the comments and prayers. They mean SO MUCH. 

Also, I wanted to mention one more thing. This adoption has been different than our first one. Easier, yes, but not better. Please, if you talk about how things are going with Zak and Suhn is around, be careful not to compare the two. 

Love to you all! More updates to come. 


smw said...

love reading your updates.

sarah.flyingkites said...

LOVE that last paragraph....so much wisdom.

So thankful!! Thanks for the updates.


Our Journey to Grace and Olivia said...

you are an incredible mom! I am so glad to see how he "wants" you! Love it! He chooses you just like you chose him!

I never got to Pingdinshan, heard it was not a great place and so glad like you said our little ones grew up at Angel House. Still can't wait to get them together one day

Marla said...

I've been praying for you. I'm so excited. Are Simon and Jonah having fun? Zak looks so funny with Dad's glasses. I love you so much.


Anonymous said...

Praying God's nearness is undeniable in each moment and each step of the journey!

And continued prayers for Zak as he makes all these transitions and both grieves the changes and begins to bond and thrive with your family!