Wednesday, January 6, 2010

US Consulate

It is official ! We went to the US Consulate today and had our
swearing in. Chuck and I both teared up as we raised our right hand
and swore that all our paperwork and info. we had given for Maggie's
adoption was true. It was also pretty cool to hear them call us "
Gao En Xiao's Parents". There were a lot of families from other
agencies at the Consulate. I was crying as I watched a family adopt
their 9th and 10th child from China - 11 and 13 year old boys from the
same orphanage. I also noticed that most of the children were older
and a good mix of boys and girls. Maggie slept through the swearing
in ceremony and you are not allowed cameras, but I will always
remember how special today was.
We said good-bye to two families from our group today. They were
flying home early due to family circumstances. This trip has been very
hard on several of the families and we have all prayed for and
encouraged each other. We were so sad to see them go today and we
will miss everyone from our group. It has been so fun and special
getting to know the families and children.
Tonight, we went to Lucey's to eat AGAIN ! It was our last night to
be together as a group and we all had a good time.
The last picture is of Maggie and her favorite toy bear. She loves to
play and cuddle with it. Realy, she is so cute with her litle bear
!!!

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3 comments:

Walker said...

Welcome to the family Maggie!!! We can't wait to meet you in person. :)Uncle John, Aunt Melissa, Maleah and Lacey

TanyaLea said...

Congratulations!! I love hearing stories about the Consulate day... I know it will be an emotional one for us, too! Praying your last days there go well and that you take home many beautiful memories to last a lifetime!

Blessings! <><
~ Tanya

Jodee Leader said...

Congratulations! You must be over the moon!

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
We have a daughter !!!!!!
Maggie Caroline was born Oct. 29, 2008.
She is in the SWI of Gaozhou City,China.
(
Guangdong Province)