This morning was our best Monday morning in a while. We packed up and loaded our bags onto a cart and brought them two hotels over to the Crowne Plaza where we met the CCAI families and CCAI founders Josh and Lily Zhong as well as Xia Zhong, the head of Chinese Children's Charities. We joined them on a bus to Civil Afairs and in a room filled with crying ( moms, dads, kids) and screaming ( kids!) we saw 12 families grow. What a privilege that was. We met our XinXiang friends there as they had brought a baby to meet his own family ( from Spain). We headed on the highway to XinXiang and stopped once in town to have lunch. Then we checked into our hotel, dropped off our luggage and were off to the orphanage. What a joy to walk into our First Hugs Room. So many familiar faces having grown so, and new beautiful faces too. Many kiddies were still napping so we got to play with just a few and slowly, others woke up and joined us. WE then helped feed the kiddoes and headed out to the playground to play with four of the two year olds ( and almost two year olds). What a fun time we all had. I could hardly stop smiling. Two of these kids have families they have been matched with and all I could think is what fun their families will have with them!! We then went back in and Krista and I took two of the kids out for a walk in strollers. One, a three year old we call Thomas, is listed with GWCA and so loved the walk. The other was a little girl whose family is anxiously awaiting meeting her in the summer. An older lady from the senior citizen's home part of the SWI, joined us in our walk. We would love to get a partnership going where the seniors spend time with the kids! Bottles for the younger kids and then more play time. JUst as were getting ready to leave, our Thomas dumped all the toys out of the toy box and climbed in. He is such a bright and funny boy. Tomorrow we will spend the whole day with the kids and bring some of the donations. Stay tuned for more cuteness tomorrow. BTW, if you followed along last year and remember our sweet Bella, then just a few pounds - who I( Moya) spent tons of time feeding and wearing in a sling, the picture of me is with her! Isn't she gorgeous??
|Lucy and Ethan|
|Krista with a Ethan and Lucy|
|Thomas and Lucy out for a stroll|
|Moya and Bella|