We are in China!!!!
We are FINALLY here! We arrived about an hour later than schedule...about 12:30 AM! After sorting through customs, etc., we walked out of the terminal to see Meredith ready and waiting for us...one of the only Americans in the sea of people out there! She had the orphanage van waiting for us for the 1 1/2 hour trek to New Day. Unfortunately, this trek actually took longer due to the flat tire and missing tire tools to make the necessary tire swap! Thanks to a willing trash truck driver at 3am in some city which I can't pronounce, we arrived safely! Meredith's command of the mandarin language is amazing and SO helpful in our travels!
|Fixing a spare tire at 3 AM on the side of the road in China...|
|Welcome to New Day!!!|
|Happy to be here!|
|The delicious bread shop...Larry is obsessed!!!|
|Erica skipping through Brooke's village- Qingyundian!|
We also had our own “John the Baptist” (aka…Meredith) preparing Brooke’s heart to receive our family as she came several days ahead of us and warmed Brooke up. As we waited for the director to take us into the foster home to meet Brooke for the very first time, Meredith was waiting inside the playroom with Brooke in her arms- ready to meet her family for the very first time. As we walked through the door, we saw Meredith holding Brooke- both of their faces pressed up against the glass as Meredith was excitedly pointing out her “mama and baba”. I was delighted that she came into my arms from Meredith’s and didn’t cry at all!! She went right to her baba a little later and then let Allison and Erica help feed her during snack time! Food is definitely the way to this girl’s heart!! We had an amazing time together. We followed Brooke all day during all her normal “day to day” activities and had a blast with all the kids in the Foster home… as well as loving on Brooke!
|Seeing my baby girl for the first time!|
|She loved the monkey :)|
|Trying to figure out who this crazy lady is :)|
|Meredith explaining to Brooke that we are her family!!!!|
|Finally holding her!!!|
|Baba with his TWO precious China girls!!|
|Love, love, love this!|
|With Brooke's precious nanny.|
|Daddy with his girls! Now just missing the boys :)|
|Brooke and Erica...bonding over food :)|
|Brooke's nanny taking Erica and Brooke to see the goat at the foster home!|
|Playing with Dad!|
|Playing with Erica!|
|Love my girls!!|
|Best friends :)|
|Erica is going to be the BEST big sister!!!|