We will always be grateful that we took the opportunity to do what we did today, but it has changed each of us forever. To see so many children who are in need of a family was hard on our hearts for sure. I cannot even process the images in my head of all those beautiful children….they are images that will stay with me forever.
The orphanage and the grounds were so well kept, with beautiful gardens and very clean rooms. The caretakers had enormous smiles for us and were very excited to see Eliza and Vivian. There is no air conditioning there, and the heat here is not something I can explain in words. It is beyond any hot we have ever experienced!
Today was hard on our little miracle Eliza, but we pray bonding will reach a new level because of the good-byes we said at the orphanage. I held on to her tight, as she did to me, to try to comfort her and let her know we were not leaving her. She cried a lot though, and kept pointing back the direction we had come from.
We were granted the privilege to take some photos. I am so grateful to have them….a piece of Eliza’s life before us.
Eliza was a cuddle bug in the van on the way there. Our morning was fast and furious to get to the van on time, but it went very well.
We were allowed to take photos outside of the buildings, and the grounds. It was so beautiful!
We went and saw the preschool classrooms first. We were taken inside Vivian’s classroom.
Then, as we were walking, I peeked into another classroom, and Eliza went crazy with excitement! She saw her preschool teacher, and it was obvious they love each other very much.
Next we saw Eliza and Vivian’s cribs, and we were given their name tags from that room. Eliza’s crib is on the left, Vivian’s is on the right.
We saw where the girls ate their meals.
What tore at my heart the most was when we saw the “baby room”. So many beautiful babies. I will never forget it. Eliza’s “Foster Grandma” (who took care of Eliza as a baby before she moved into her foster family) was there, and so we got a photo with her as well.
We left there and walked to the medical buildings. We were shown a model of the whole orphanage complex which was mind boggling to see. That place is huge. Our guide told us there are 1,000 orphans there. One thousand children with out parents.
Once we all agreed it was time to go, we drove to a hospital to see where Eliza was found. The traffic and people there was crazy, and so we took photos of the outside of the building and the street name as we drove by.
We really enjoyed seeing the culture while in the van. It is SO neat. We want to soak up every bit of it we can! China has made it’s way into our hearts, and we will have a hard time leaving even though we are more than ready to go home.
All afternoon all I can think is part of a verse in Psalm 139: “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each and every one of those beautiful children we saw today was fearfully and wonderfully made. I can’t help but wonder what God’s plan for those children will be. The tears are coming easily for us today. Thank you for praying us through a very hard, but very necessary day.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14