Welcome to our journey! The decision for us to adopt a child from China has been one of the most exciting things that we have done! We had no idea that a child half a world away could already be in our hearts....this is our journey to bring him home.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bret is officially ours!!

We went to the Civil Affairs office here in Taiyuan and got all of our paperwork done and Bret is officially our son!
We picked him up on Monday and when he walked into the room he had a very mischievous look on his face and was not quite sure what to think of the whole situation!  He did hang on to his orphanage directors hand and didn't really want to look at us at first.  There was another younger man with the orphanage director who we later found out was actually a son on Bret's foster parents that he called his brother.
He really mourned for his foster family for a few hours after we left the Civil Affairs office.  All we could do was let him know that we are here for him and try to make him feel better.   He even went to the phone in our hotel room and tried to call his foster mother.....our guide was in our room when this happened and told us that he said that his brother just didn't want him anymore and that he wants to get rid of him.  Very heartbreaking :(
But, what a difference a day can make.  Tuesday he was a whole new little boy :)  He is such a talker it is crazy!  Oh how I wish I could understand him.  He was having complete conversations with our van driver and the driver was laughing at how he could talk!!  He is starting to say many English words already...among them is car.....he has 2 Hotwheels cars that we sent him and keeps them in his pockets at all times.  Bret is a very independent little guy and is very happy!  He tries to entertain us all the time!  He is going to keep this mama very busy!!
We have a free day today (Wednesday).  Honestly....we are not crazy about Taiyuan.  So busy....people are not one bit friendly....they smoke everywhere....and the city is just not that nice.  We are looking forward to heading to Guangzhou on Friday.   We had dinner last night with a nice couple from Maine....they are going to be traveling on the same flight to sure was nice to hang out with them!!

Here are some pictures from Monday......Gotcha Day!!


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