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Zhengzhou

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What a change when we got to Zhengzhou on Sunday afternoon. Friday and Saturday we were typical tourists focused on seeing the sights in China. Starting with the trip from the Zhengzhou airport we were all business and focused on the adoptions. On the trip from the airport Yisha and Rita, our CCAI hosts, started educating us on the events in the days ahead and what we needed to prepare.
Monday was the big day! At 9:30 am we boarded buses to the local Registrar’s office where we would actually receive the kids. We were an anxious bunch of parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and other family. Would the kids be what we were expecting? How would they react to us? Had we prepared everything correctly? Then the children started to arrive.
The youngest children seemed to adapt quickly to their new parents. A quick bride with food or a toy seemed to resolve any concerns. The older children, who had some understanding the events, seemed to accept their new situation almost as quickly. The two year olds like Levi were the most reticent and took the longest time to adjust.
Levi arrived around 11:00 and for the first 45 minutes was a most sad little boy. Lora did a great job of reassuring him and by the time we left the Registrar’s office Levi was at least beginning to trust her. Lilly was a really good little sister and, I am sure, helped Levi to trust us, at least a little. By that evening Levi was beginning to relax but at supper refused t eat. Still he went to Chris and Sue without too much hesitation. I was on the “undesirable” list.
By Tuesday morning Levi had made tremendous progress. He ate a huge breakfast and easily went to Lora, Chris and Sue. He plays with Lily. I am still on the “highly suspect” list.
After breakfast we again went to Registrar’s office to receive the Adoption Certificate. Levi is officially part of the family. More paperwork afterwards.
This afternoon the group went shopping at the Lotus Center to buy essentials for all the kids. The staff was very courteous and helpful. With the additional assistance of the CCAI hosts, we were able to get Levi what he needed.
Tomorrow we are off to visit a Shaolin Temple in the area. It should be interesting to see the real thing and not just the movie version.
I have uploaded photos to the site and assigned the tag “gotcha”. Filter on this tag to simplify finding the gotcha day photos. Note, the site loads the newest photos at the top of the list. You need to scroll down to get to the chronological beginning. I will reclassify photos when time permits to put everything in order.

Posted by jckrier 04:36 Archived in China

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I'm here at Brendas and we just gone through your blog and it sounds so exciting. Especially seeing my grandson Levi with you all. He is adorable, keep on having fun and I'll see you soon. Love mom

by naturebaby

Hi John,
We have never met, but I am a friend of Lora's and her family. So hello, my name is Brenda and I thank you, even though everyone must be worn out from each exciting day, for taking the time (when you can) to share in vivid details your journey with words and pictures. I am loving following along with you and your family. Take Care, and give Sue, Lilly, Levi, Lora, and Chris a big hug for me.
Brenda

by naturebaby

Thanks Brenda. I am glad that you are enjoying our travels.

by jckrier

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