Those 2+ years it took to get to China & Lemondrop seemed to take forever. The six months that we have had her seem to have gone by like a blink of an eye. The following images are from March 9th, 2015, now our Forever Family Day, in Guangzhou China when Lemondrop was placed in our arms.
It was a warm cloudy day when Lucia, our guide for the day, picked us up at the China Marriott hotel, from there we would go to the Garden Hotel to pick up Greg and Laura Keith, another family adopting a little girl, then all make our way to the Civil Affairs office.
The place was already a flurry of activity when we arrived; people rushing from one place to another, others calling across the room, cameras flashing, children crying, parents crying. Sue, myself, Keith & Tim were escorted to one corner of the room along with the Keith’s, a couple from Michigan we had gotten to know on Facebook when Laura Keith spotted their little girl, Ellery, along side Lemondrop in a video we posted from the orphanage.
By an amazing coincidence we were now at the Civil Affairs office in China together on the same day to complete our long journeys to give those little girls a home and family.
Ellery was the first to come out and I followed the Keith family with my camcorder to capture their magic encounter. It was only a moment later though that I saw Lucia, rush over towards Sue and wave for her to follow.
Then, from behind a multi-colored curtain, came a young lady from the Bao’An orphanage with a bewildered Lemondrop in her arms. Walking directly towards Lucia & Sue she placed Lemondrop in Sues arms.
For Lemondrop this was quite a traumatic experience; from the hands of someone she had probably known all her life and whom she trusted she had now been left with strangers she didn’t know; people who didn’t look like her, talk like her, or anyone else she knew. She was not happy and repeatedly pointed back towards the young lady; she wanted to go back to her.
We were ushered from the center of the room to a sofa along side the wall where we could sit with her, talk with her, and assure her that we were friendly people. It wasn’t too long after that when Lemondrop calmed down and began, I think, to feel more comfortable around us; she still had moments of tearing up and crying but, really, she took to us very well and began to interact with the four of us.
After another 15 minutes or so she began to really relax, to give us a chance; she didn’t know who we were, or what was happening, but she felt that this was good thing.
And as it became time to go you knew that she was now totally okay with it; she was happy & everything was going to be okay.
She must have sensed that those doors meant freedom; the closer we got to them the more excited she became.
After the ride back to the hotel we all helped her to get comfortable and cleaned up for dinner.
Then, after a nice dinner full of laughter and further discovery, we went back to the room to let her rest after such an eventful day.
This had been a day she never could have imagined; mother, father, brothers, were all concepts unknown to her and would be for some time to come. What she did know though was that we were all there for her and this made her happy.
She so wanted the day to continue but it had all been exhausting for her and she quickly fell asleep.
Little did she know that, when morning came, it would be a whole new world.
To see an earlier post with a great series of photos showing Lemondrop the next morning, when she learned that this day wasn’t just a dream, click HERE
And to see a short video from that Magical day when she was placed in our arms you can go HERE
Have a Magical Day!