20 January, 2014

Gotcha Day

Our family of 3 about to turn 5, in front of the registration office. This is the same place we received Mae too! 

 We walked in and Ian was already there. I couldn't believe how cute he is... and oh so active! He was playing and very happy. He has one dimple and is so handsome.
 Jovie arrived shortly after that and she was very upset. She had gotten car sick on the way to us and threw up. She was completely soaked through all her many layers. Poor baby.
 We started undressing her and getting her cleaned up and Ian walked over with his cheerios and offered Jovie one. Sweet boy didn't even know that this was his Mei Mei.
 Ian's foster mom had brought him a pair of pajamas and she gave them to us to put Jovie in. What a blessing that was. Once she was cleaned up and in Ian's pjs she was quiet. She is very uneasy about everyone else but is very quiet.
 These 2 women with us are Ian's caretakers and they love our boy very much. Both of them were crying and tried to slip out the door but Ian saw them and ran after them and has been so upset since they left. He has not stop crying out for them. He is breaking my heart - he is so very sad.

 He fell asleep on the bus ride but back in the room he was back to crying out for his nanny.

 These pictures do not show how upset Ian is. He is crying out "my nanny didn't come back" and he points to his coat and wants it on and leads us to the door so we can go find his a yi. Please pray for Ian... he is having a really really hard time. He is almost three years old and has spent the whole time with his nanny. It is absolutely heartbreaking. He must be so exhausted from crying so many hours.

 They both ate congee and some bread and then they feel asleep.

Ian and Jovie asleep. This is a precious sight. 

So Ian is very attached to Cody and even though he is very much upset he still holds onto his finger and wants to be close to him. Through his grieving he is bonding with Cody. And Jovie Ming wants me to hold her and will not let me out of her sight. She has a weak little cry when I go to put her down but other than a couple of times she has been very quiet. She is so tiny and her little fingers and toes are purple.


  1. Praying for both of them and their transition. They are both so beautiful!!
    Love you guys,

  2. Praying and praying friend! I can't believe you finally have them! They are both so beautiful! Love you all! Congratulations!


  3. Thank you for the pictures. I can't imagine how challenging today has been for everyone. I'm so happy you are together. We are praying for your family.

  4. Oh thank you so much for sharing this amazing day with all of us! The pictures are priceless to another waiting Mama. We will be praying for all 5 of you. Can't wait to see how God works in the weeks ahead! Congratulations again! PS-I saw Mae in someone else's Gotcha pictures this morning.

  5. Jackson and I are praying that Ian's heart will hear God say, "you are loved and this is your forever family." We know that it will take time and we will pray God's peace over that sweet boy in the waiting. We will also pray this same peace for Jovie. We love you all. Thank you for sharing these precious pictures. {Henry is in on the prayer, but since his words are few, he's wearing his panda shirt to show his support.} :)

  6. Praying for an amazing transition with the growth of your beautiful family! Safe travels.

  7. What a sweet gift to be able to see your little ones with you at last. Congratulations on becoming a family of 5!!!! We are praying that Jovie and Ian's attachment will be quick and filled with much comfort and peace. We are so thankful that they are in your family.

  8. so beautiful to see you with your babies. I'm praying for God's healing hand on their tender little hearts. They are so loved! Love to you, Cody and big sister Mae.xo

  9. I am SO excited to read about your journey and your babies. Before Mae, I talked with Cody about the fact that I was adopted as a 3 day old baby. God's plan is so magnificent, I could not have gotten better parents and so the same of these three little ones. I am sitting here crying with happiness for you all and sadness for poor little Ian and his adjustment. I can't imagine how hard that is to see as a mom. We never want to see our children hurting for any reason. Will be saying a prayer for Ian's little heart and all 5 of you. Can't wait to read more.

  10. Bless their hearts! And yours, too. I know this is heartbreaking to see them grieving so! I will keep them in my prayers. God Bless! They are both absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous! :)

  11. Such beautiful bubbas, such a beautiful family. All three of your bubbas are so exquisite. Thank you for sharing such a special life time moment.

  12. Precious babies!!! LOVE seeing your day and remembering our time there! We were in that same room getting evie and your hotel room is exactly like the one we were in!!! Blessings and love! Get your guide to take you to the noodle shop straight across the big street down the side street. Yummy!!! OXOXOX

  13. Kristen and Cody y'all are in our thoughts everyday wondering what all the kids are into each new day:) we are soooooo happy and excited for y'all and can't wait to see what the future holds for y'all love y'all and love the pics!

  14. So excited for this day for you all! I'm so amazed at how God knits these journies and weaves beauty from sorrow. Love the pictures and praying for you all. Rest/safety/transitions/memories and Comfort!
    Enjoy some yummy chinese noodles together!
    God bless!

    (Blogger ate my original comment the other day)


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