Tuesday – Adoption Day & Puyang Visit

Posted On: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 11:32 pm


I’m back posting since I didn’t get a chance to blog on Tuesday. It was a very long, but very good day.

Officially ours!!! 🙂

Daddy and his “baby.”

First, we had adoption appointments in the morning. Minyu is officially a Giles!!! 🙂 I think my favorite part of the adoption was after we had finished signing the documents…The documents that state, “YES! We are really, really, REALLY sure we want this child!” (Since we haven’t stated that yet on 15 other official documents. Ha.) Our guide instructed all the parents, “Please carry your baby over here…” and Todd translated to Minyu what she had said, then scooped up his “baby” and brought him to the circle with all the other parents with their (much smaller) babies and toddlers. Hilarious! And poignant at the same time. Minyu laughed and laughed and laughed. And I thought about how a small part of me wishes we hadn’t missed out on so much of his childhood. He is THIRTEEN. [By the way, our responsible little boy just came in to inform me that there was a spot on his shirt, so he is going to wash it in the sink.]  There is no way to ever get back all the years we missed with him.  But at the same time, he wouldn’t be the same person today if his past were different.

Applying for the passport!

After lunch we made the three-hour trek to Puyang–our 3rd time now.  We had to travel there to apply for his passport and we opted to visit the orphanage since Minyu and Jasmine really wanted to see everyone.  When we drove up to the door there were 15- 20 people all waiting to see him.  They were so excited as he walked up.  We toured around the orphanage, saw his room, met his friends and roommates (all boys who were older than him).  We took pictures with them, and with his ayis.  His ayi was holding a baby boy, and Minyu talked about how he sometimes helped take care of him.

The orphanage visit was good, but difficult as usual.  They showed us all of the children who are waiting for families, and told us about some of the older ones who ask, “When will my mama and baba come??”  Oh my heart.  I had to work really hard to put a smile on at that point.  It’s hard to see.  Why do some children get parents and some don’t?  Are they less deserving??  (We all know the answer to that.)  They are my children’s friends.  They are just like Jasmine and Minyu.  They are good children–sweet, smart, happy–just waiting for their parents to find them.  I hope it’s sooner rather than later.  I don’t feel we are in a position to adopt every child, but I do want to do something more for my kids’ Puyang friends.  I will be posting pictures of a few of them to advocate for them.  Maybe their families will find them sooner!

Minyu with his ayi, and the baby boy he helped with.


Surprise! He had a pet rabbit!


Two of Jasmine’s friends. These little girls often ask when their mama and baba are coming. I have a video of them singing. They are precious.


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5 Responses to “Tuesday – Adoption Day & Puyang Visit”

  1. Big big congrats guys!

  2. Lily Tindi says:

    You guys are such amazing people. I wish I could become like you someday so that I can serve others. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Megan Powell says:

    I am so happy that you were able to visit the orphanage again. Jill, I have said that we are done, but when I read of these children asking for mama and baba, my heart just feels sad. Are any of these children paper ready? Love the picture of “baby” Minyu with his baba.

  4. Jill says:

    Megan, I don’t know for certain if they’re paper ready. It’s likely though, especially since the ayis were advocating for them during our visit. It seems that if these children ask for families, Puyang is pretty good about getting them ready for adoption. Jasmine’s best friend was adopted, so she started asking for a family, and they got her ready. Minyu asked for a family, and I think that’s why they got him ready too–even though he was already 12.

  5. Staci says:

    Hello there! I just got home from adopting our son Max and he was at the Puyang Social Welfare Institute too! I know this is a long shot, but do you happen to remember the name of the baby that your son Minyu helped out with? He looks a lot like our little one! We received very few pics of him as a baby and it would be so neat if this was him! It’s so hard to tell b/c he got sick when he was around 7 months old, so most of the pics we have of him are when he was very small and frail.

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