9/9 – Puyang orphanage visit!

Posted On: Thursday, September 9th, 2010 at 7:47 am

We were able to visit Puyang city today!  It was a little expensive, and a bit of a drive for one day, but so worth it!!!  We left a little after 8am and drove through the countryside.  We’re not in New Mexico for sure. :)  It was farmland–field after field of corn and lotus, divided by rows of tall, willowy trees.  And of course, there was the overcast, misty, hazy look about everything that we’ve seen every day since we arrived.

We arrived in Puyang ( a “small” city just a tad bigger than L.A.) around 11:30am.  I don’t think the orphanage has many adoptive parents that have visited because it is about a 3 hour drive from the provincial capital (Zhengzhou).  We weren’t allowed to photograph inside the orphanage, except for a few specified places.  We saw Jiao Jiao’s room and met a few of her “brothers” and “sisters”.  Her room–smaller than her new bedroom–was shared by 6 children/babies.  We asked specifically to see one little boy who is being adopted by one of my online adoption friends.  I’m excited to share his pictures with his new family. :)

Toward the end of the visit they brought a few of the “healthy” children with minor special needs for us to see.  I believe they are hoping that we can advocate for these children to be adopted.  One was a beautiful 4 month old girl, born without an arm but otherwise healthy.  Another was a little boy about 2 years old, with repaired cleft lip and unrepaired palate.  One child that tugged at my heart was a little boy they were not advocating for, one of Jiao Jiao’s friends.  He’s 10 years old, “very intelligent”, born with arm deformities.  He seemed quite shy and never smiled at us, but had one of the sweetest faces I’ve ever seen.  He let us take a picture with him, despite his shyness.  I can’t help but wonder what his future will be.

We spoke to the orphanage director and other staff for quite a while.  We were able to ask them questions, and thank them personally for all they did for Jiao Jiao and the other children.  I am so glad we got that opportunity!  Almost forgot, we were able to bring a couple bags of goodies for the children–crackers, snacks, coloring books, and stickers.  (Couldn’t bring ourselves to bring sugary candy since we heard the little ones generally have lots of cavities. :( )

As we were leaving we asked the director (and other staff) if we could take them to lunch.  Well, it got turned around and they treated us!  We just can’t win here.  The Chinese people in general are incredibly hospitable and generous.  They wouldn’t even think of us treating them since we were the guests.  After lunch they came with us to visit the place where she was found.  We all tried, unsuccessfully, to contain our emotion when it was time to say goodbye.  It was very obvious that these people trulycare about the children, and Jiao Jiao in particular.  And they prepared her so well for our arrival–read our letters, showed our pictures, talked to her about her new family.  How do you give sufficient thanks to someone who has lovingly cared for your child for the last 4 years??

They gave us their email address and asked us to send updates and pictures.  I am so glad that they want to keep in contact.  I think this will be such a good thing for all of us.  I could write so much more but as usual, I’m falling asleep at the computer.  In summary, it was a very special, very memorable day.

P.S.  I do have pictures but they’re on my mom’s camera and we won’t be able to get them off until we return. :(

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2 Responses to “9/9 – Puyang orphanage visit!”

  1. [...] from the orphanage!  She is so excited, and so are we!  Kaylee Ann has been there before (for our first visit), but the boys haven’t.  We will try to blog about our trip this [...]

  2. [...] was asking her the names of everyone, and remembered the one boy we had met.  I showed her the picture of him on our blog and asked a little about him.  She said, “Oh, the one with 3 fingers. [...]

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