Today was a Marathon Day for so many reasons. We left the hotel @ 9:30 headed to Civil Affairs to make Evie an official Ankerich little too along with the other 10 families~
EvieClaire WenFan Ankerich~
Then we were off to the Notary office across town~
In certain provinces, it is necessary to travel to the orphanage city to apply for the passport @ local police dept. This is true in Henan SO the major marathon began to Hebi City... a two hour drive with two children not sure at all of what was going on. We were blessed that they both fell asleep pretty much the whole way, arriving around 12:30 and our appt @ police dept not until 2... what to do... lunch @ Dico's~
Then finally about 2 we headed to police dept to apply for passport. We met the orphanage director and assistant there and they were very curious as to how Evie was doing. She really wanted nothing to do with them. Our guide told them she wouldn't let me put her down and they smiled very big... loved that she wanted me.
The police lady asked us several questions about our personal life and why we wanted to adopt a child from China. We answered saying we already had three precious ones from China and wanted to love more. She smiled big and said there was no need for the rest of the interview. It was clear we would be great parents. She had never met anyone that had adopted so many children~
Our guide told it was very uncharacteristic that the police lady would be so nice and come out for a photo. All I could say was Immeasurable More... thank You Jesus for raining Love down in Hebi City Police Dept~
The orphanage director offered to take us on a tour of the orphanage but in my heart, it just didn't feel right. It was too much too soon.
Instead they took us to her finding spot...
the place she was left by her parents @ midnight on a cold night in March when she was just two months old. Certainly the hardest thing they would ever do but such an act of love that they left her at the front door of the local hospital. She was found by hospital workers and taken to Hebi City SWI.
Can't even put into words how raw this experience was... my heart just poured out the same tears pouring from Evie... two souls joined in sorrow and love.
I walked away holding a very scared soul tied to me forever and I made a promise to her that she would never be left again... FOREVER in my arms! Big brother close beside taking it all in. Wiping my tears away and telling me something in Chinese... me only understanding the word Mama... really all I needed to know. He knows I am his mama and soon Evie will too.
After that, I was pretty much done. So were the rest of us. We loaded back in the van for our two hour which turned into three hour ride home.
A Marathon Day for sure!