Sunday, July 27, 2014

VISA received, flying home Monday night - back in Colorado on Tuesday at noon

Amy just received info that Jadon's visa is available (it's Monday morning in China, Sunday night here in Colorado). She'll be flying out Monday night to Los Angeles, then from there Tuesday morning back into Colorado Springs! Hurray, and thanks Lord for answered prayer. Continue to pray for safe travels, and that it would go well with Jadon on the airplane and airports. Posted by Johnny (her husband)

Friday, July 25, 2014

6th China Update - STUCK!

I did not think or even consider that it would happen to us. The US consulate is having computer issues and they are not issuing any visas. No one knows when this will change. Several families are stuck here in China. 

Johnny flew home Thursday and I am here alone with Jadon. Please pray for a quick resolution! 

It is very rare to get an Internet connection. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5th China Update

Today we went to the US consulate to take our oath. It is awesome after a year of adoption preparation to finally be at that point.

Jadon like to go around creating little messes.

He is learning to rough house with Daddy.

Busy looking at a magazine.

Here are some cute pictures of him in his Chinese outfit.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

4th China Update

Jadon is doing very well! He seems to be getting stronger every day. It is shocking how much food he can eat. He is good at imitating us. He likes to walk around singing. 

We had a medical visit today. They receive a physical exam, an ENT exam and they draw blood for a TB test.

He put on this backpack then waved and told us bye.

He loves to play with water bottle lids that he puts in his cup.
He likes the stroller much better than the front pack.

He likes having a Daddy.

We went on a wild life safari. 

The heat was intense and it was nap time so he fell asleep.

We thought this was a funny use of English.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

3rd China Update - Guangzhou

Yesterday we flew to Guangzhou, China. It was a 2 and a half hour ride. Jadon did great on the plane. All adoptive families from the USA come to Guangzhou to finalize their adoptions because the US consulate is here.
Guangzhou is a very large modern city and it is also cleaner than most cities in China. 13 million people live in this city. It is funny to think that 5 million people live in the whole state of Colorado.

This is a picture out our hotel room window.

Jadon is doing very well! We are starting to see more smiles and laughter!

He is very fair skinned.

I have been carrying him in a front pack but the weather is too hot and the heat gets to him. We borrowed a stroller from the hotel now and he is more comfortable.

The shoes we brought him are way to big so he has just been wearing socks. All the clothe we brought are too big.
When he walks he swings his arms and it is so adorable.
Bonding is going very well with him.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2nd China Update

We had a rough third day with Jadon. He did not sleep well and was lethargic. He seemed to be depressed and we could not get any smiles from him. I was really worried about him but the next day he perked up.

We went out to eat two times with our guide and his wife and daughter. One of the restaurants wanted us to come back and watch their preparations.

One of the restaurants we went to the waitresses stood and stared at us. They watched every bite we took. It was very nerve wracking. In China it is okay to point, stare and talk about people in front of them. I often wish I knew what they were saying.

After one of our meals we walked down a street called the Muslim street. Hundreds of Muslims have little stalls where they sell many different things. I wish we had gotten a good picture. The noise, smell, and mass of people were incredible. You could hardly walk through the people and bicycles. Our guide made us carry our backpacks in front and keep our hands in our pockets because of pickpockets.

This picture was out the window of our restaurant where you could not see the people.

Jadon loves to eat. At breakfast he will eat a large plate of scrambled eggs and a bowl of oatmeal.

We went to visit the tomb of the terracotta soldiers. There are three large pits that have been uncovered. Each soldier has to be pieced together. 8000 soldiers have been uncovered. They have only just begun excavation on one of the pits. The soldiers are all strategically placed to protect the emperor from his enemies. Originally they all held real weapons. The first pit was discovered by some farmers digging a well in 1974.

The heat was intense so we did not stay as long as planned. Jadon did not deal well with it and started throwing fits.

This is Emperor Johnny.

My picture is funny because I was carrying Jadon in the front pack and his head is sticking up.

Monday, July 14, 2014

An Update From China

We are in China now. When we left we got a VPN number so we could use Facebook and Blogger but it is not working. There is a paper in our hotel that says even Google, Yahoo, and Gmail are now blocked by the government.

We flew into Shanghai and spent the night there. The weather was really bad and our plane was the last on they allowed to land. The next morning we flew to Xian, which is the capitol city of Shaanxi. We met our guide Tom at the airport. The funniest thing he said after he saw us was, “You have waited a long time for a child.” I think he expected a younger couple. Then he was shocked when Johnny showed him our family picture.

Jadon came on a train from his orphanage. It was an eight hour trip and they traveled overnight.

Here we are waiting for Jadon to come. 

He was very open to being held by us. He knew how to swipe the screen on Johnny’s phone. He is very thin and obviously not in very good health.

After doing some paper work we went to our hotel room. In China you have 24 hours with the child to determine if you want to adopt them.

His orphanage gave him a tin cup and spoon to take with him. He played with it and pretended to feed us.

Our first night with him was very rough. He has horrible diarrhea and he threw up all over my bed. We put him in a crib at first but then he started rocking and banging his head on the crib. This is a common issue with children that have been institutionalized and left in a crib most the time. We then put him in bed with me and he tossed and turned most the night.

The next morning we went back to the civil affairs office to do a lot of paper work.

You can see from these pictures that Jadon is very thin. We asked the orphanage if they knew why he has been losing weight and they said they had no idea. He has a good appetite. He only eats soft foods because he cannot chew well. When we give him water he only takes a little sip at a time so it is hard to get fluids down him.

He is very sweet and loves for us to hold him and cuddle.