A little bonding between the bros before we started our day. Today was the orphanage visit. It didn’t mean much for Caston because he was only there a month before he was transferred to his foster center. It meant more for me to be there. I was so incredibly sick last year that I missed about 70% of the tour. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to have a do-over. There were so many great things like the therapy rooms that I didn’t get a chance to see. It also meant a lot to me because there is a child there who has been on my heart ever since our visit there last year. I have so much to say about him, but I don’t want to lose him in all the words here. He is precious and beautiful, and he deserves his own blog post. And quite honestly, my heart hurts too much for him right now to talk about him.
I was also thankful for the orphanage visit so that I could show them all how much Caleb has thrived in our family. Most of the people we encountered remembered him, and they called him “bossy.” I even got some glimpses into his life before us.
This was Caleb right around the time we adopted him. We also received an unexpected blessing. We sent a stuffed frog to Caleb last year for his first birthday when he was still in the orphanage. It has a recording device in it that has us singing happy birthday to him. We never got it back, and we assumed it was lost or trashed. We visited his orphanage again today, 14 months later, and a nanny rushed up to us with it! They all remembered Hai Jun.
We saw “Baby Safe Island,” a designated place on the orphanage grounds to safely abandon a baby. I can’t even imagine the feeling I would have knowing that it would be the last time I’d likely ever see my child again.
Tomorrow, we will fly to Guangzhou where we will begin our final paerwork to come back HOME!