9/6 – Gotcha Day!!!

Posted On: Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 12:22 am

Later that night, our funny new daughter had a BRILLIANT idea! 🙂 LOL

Ok, you know gotcha day is going well when you can blog about it just a few hours after receiving your child!  Right now the girls and sitting on the floor peacefully coloring in their coloring books while daddy is napping.  Very sweet. 🙂

Jiao Jiao is amazing!!!  She was extremely nervous when she first arrived–pacing around, standing up, sitting down, couldn’t sit still, couldn’t focus her attention on us.  But after about 10-15 minutes she was a different girl.  She was fun, smiley, loving, kind, and much more relaxed.  She calls us “mama” and “baba”, calls Kaylee Ann “jie  jie”, and grandma “wai po.”  When she needs something she calls for us.  When she’s happy she wants to share it with us.

With the orphanage workers

Of course, we’re only hours into this, but I think there are 3 reasons things are going so well.  First, answers to prayers from a loving Father.  Second, Todd speaks Chinese.  Not much of a communication issue here.  Third, the orphanage seems to have prepared her very, very well.  We are so grateful for that!  They brought a photo album with pictures from the orphanage, a toy, all of the cameras, letters, and pictures we’d sent.  Everything we could have hoped and more!  The orphanage workers were wonderful.   They told us all about her, said many times that Jiao Jiao was a very good girl, very obedient, very kind.  We told them we would like to visit, and they welcomed us to come.  We will hopefully be able to visit on Wednesday!  As they said goodbye, they were holding back tears.  They obviously care about Jiao Jiao very much.

While we were at the registration building daddy tried explaining where her brothers were, in America.  She was puzzled so daddy asked if she knew where we were now.  He explained that we were in China.  It didn’t make much sense to her since she had just been driving to “somewhere” for 3 hours.  🙂  So after everone received their children we all loaded onto the bus.  Then she asked, “Will we be in America when we get off the bus?”  Uh..nope.  Not quite. 🙂


One other fun detail.  She also came with a little address book.  One of the first things she did when we got to the room was grab the address book.  She pointed to a phone number, picked up the phone and started dialing!  And then there was me, “Uh…baba…get over here!”  So he talked with her and she was trying to call her ayi.  The phone number wasn’t working so kind of said “oh well” to that.  Very cute!  She knew exactly what she was doing!  She even showed Todd the area code in the front of the address book that he needed to use!  We have a smart little cookie on our hands. 🙂

I am so grateful.  What an answer to prayer!  I can’t begin to count the number of times that I prayed for her health and happiness.  I prayed for the nannies and orphanage workers to prepare her and care for her.  I prayed for our family to be prepared to receive her.  I know we have also had family and friends praying for us too.  Thanks you all!  Prayers have definitely been answered.  I know there are some tough times ahead, but we’ve had such a picture-perfect beginning.  I couldn’t have asked for more! 🙂

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5 Responses to “9/6 – Gotcha Day!!!”

  1. Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for all of you. I’m glad everything is going so well. I do love the Puyang Social Welfare Institute. They do a wonderful job caring for the children and preparing them for adoption. Happy Day!!!

  2. melissa davis says:

    So wonderful Jill!! I am thrilled for you all, what an amazing adventure you are all about to embark on. Many more blessings to you guys! Can’t wait to continue hearing about it and seeing more pics!

  3. Denette says:

    I love how she is snuggled up to Todd in the picture with the adoption workers. Congratulations!!

  4. Connie says:

    WOW! Congratulations!

  5. Wendi says:

    Hooray! Michael was SOOO EXCITED when he saw the pictures and read the blog. He can’t wait to meet his new sister.

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