Thursday, June 12, 2008

Orphanage Pics

You may remember that after we got our referral we sent a care package to the orphanage where Grace was living. In that care package we included among its contents a disposable camera. We got notification that they attempted delivery about a week after we sent it and we got a little nervous that it did not get there because of customs fees. So we ended up sending another care package a week later with another camera. On our family day we were given a bag with the contents of Grace's care packages and were happy to see that both cameras were in the bag.


Last week we had the pictures developed and got some pretty priceless pictures of Grace at the orphanage. We didn't get any pictures of the inside of the orphanage though. We were hoping to see her crib or who her crib mates were. It looks like they took her outside and took random pictures walking around the grounds. I think they took the pictures on different days with each camera as she is in a different outfit and is being held by a different nanny.

Looking at these pictures gives us a really heavy heart as we come to grip with the fact that there is so much about the first 8 months of Grace's life that we do not know. We do know that she was well fed based on her weight of almost 20 pounds. We also think she must have been loved, she has a great little personality and is always quick with a smile. A good disposition like hers does not come from neglect so we will always be thankful to the nannies for the care she was given at YiFeng.





6 comments:

kris said...

aww such cute pics! it's nice that you have these to fill in the time between the referral photos and when you first saw her!

The Gang's All Here! said...

Great posts! I've been anxious to know how you are all faring. We've had our own craziness going on here, with the end of school and so on. Every so often, I wonder what you all are up to :) That photo of her asleep on your lap is PRICELESS! Glad to know you all are settling in and resting together. So happy for you.

Check our blog (start with Thursday's post) for updates on our own process with the adoption.

Unky B said...

Awwww, those are some really nice photos they took!

Kim Febres said...

Thank you for sharing Grace with everyone at work today! It was a great way to end the year and start summer vacation. I bet this will be the best summer vacation ever!

Tracy said...

Beautiful outdoor pics!

Anonymous said...

You may not have had any inside photos of the SWI because it is likely that your daughter was in foster care rather than care at the SWI. Almost all of the children in Jiangxi province are in foster care. You may wish to inquire other families who have adopted from the SWI, and you may be able to locate the foster family. I was able to do this for my daughter, and was eventually able to meet the foster family on a subsequent trip