Some how I deleted these two pics off of the last post. (frustrating)
His family owns the restaurant where we had lunch.
His Japanese wife works there also. He adored the girls.
We enjoyed all the info he shared with us about China.
He is from northern China where everyone is very white
and our girls are from the south and they have darker skin
to protect them from the sun. Maybe that is why Jaden turns
so dark in the summer.
We met many friendly people while we were there.
One lady gave me her phone number and email even though
we are a couple of hours away and told me she would love
to teach Jaden how to speak Mandarin. I thought to myself, "Hmmm
how does she know that since we went to China, Miss J walks
around the house talking in her own version of Chinese?"
I know CNY is a huge celebration in China. Similar to Christmas.
Instead of the red envelope with money this year we decided to do
it a little different this year.
After Christmas I found "Wan Ling", one of the Karito Kids dolls, on
sale for a great price. (similar to American Girl dolls) So I purchased
one for each of the girls. With Sarah being fourteen I wasn't sure that
she would be interested. Yet knowing she was brought to the
orphanage at three and a half, I thought I would get her one and see
what she thought. So this was the girls gift for CNY. I think the picture
says it all. She squealed with excitement when she saw her and was
very excited to get her out of the box. Jaden was thrilled with
Ling's beautiful hair. Then they both changed them into their pajamas
and robe and proceeded to brush their dolls hair. Later Sarah did
put her Ling in bed on the pillow next to her.
Just makes my heart ache thinking of how different her life was
growing up in the orphanage and then the last four and a half years
living with her foster family along with five other children.
(in the apartments on the orphanage grounds)
Watching over the years as other children would leave
and never return. What was going through her mind?