We have not fallen off the face of the earth, but we have taken a journey around the world!
This is a LONG overdue blog post. In one month, so much has taken place and…Our journey has led us to our sweet Naiya!
On January 21st, our family of 4 (soon to be 5) loaded up our suitcases and headed to the airport. We were ready to go bring home our daughter/sister!
We spent about 5 days in Beijing, my old stomping grounds- exploring, tasting, and getting used to a new time zone and a completely different culture.
We took another plane and traveled to Zhengzhou–This is the capital city of Naiya’s province (state) of Henan. When we arrived at our hotel, there was already a crib in our room. This is REAL! We unpacked and made her crib ready for her. We layed out her clothes and were extremely excited that the next day, the crib would be full.
On January 28, John and I woke up VERY early. We couldn’t sleep. After 14 months of WAITING, TODAY we would receive our DAUGHTER! We found ourselves nervous, excited, and prayerful…How would this new little girl incorporate into our family? What is she like? How will the boys adjust to a new sibling? How will Naiya accept her new family? Can we really do this? So many questions, so we took all of our thoughts to the One who knows all!
We got the boys up and started to get ready. John gifted each of us with superhero socks to wear. Something so simple and yet so special to kick off this epic day in our family.
We all (there were 12 other families adopting in our group) got on the bus at about 9:30am and took a 20 minute trip to the Social Welfare building. This is where our children would be brought and we would meet them there for the first time. Our family sat toward the back of the bus and we were the last ones into the building. We completely expected to wait some time (maybe even hours) for Naiya to arrive…To our suprise, she was ALREADY there! When we walked in, there she was!!! One of the orphanage workers was holding her and another person was calling out: “Dang Ying Jia’s parents…” “That’s ME. That’s US.” I thought. THAT’S HER!!!! John and the boys quickly got their cameras ready and I walked straight for her. They handed her to me and my arms and heart were full! Complete. At peace. Naiya cried A LOT. I’m sure she was uncertain, scared, and wondering, “Who is this person? Where am I? What the heck is going on?” I wasn’t frazzled that she cried. I was in love, and ready to love her forever.
Here is the video of our Gotcha Day (This is what those adopting in China call the day that their child is placed in their arms for the first time and forever).
Thank you to SO many of you that have prayed, given, loved, encouraged, cheered, and walked along side our family as we journeyed to Naiya…WE are FOREVER grateful. And, guess what? The journey WITH Naiya is just beginning! Next post will have pictures of the rest of our time in China and our first days/weeks with Naiya…WHAT A BLESSING SHE IS!!! Every good and perfect gift comes from above!