This morning we were surprised and moved to tears by an email from a complete stranger. She is a member of the Yahoo Group of families who have adopted from the Shanggao SWI. This woman is currently in China, visiting the orphanage that our girls are from, with her husband and five year-old. They adopted their daughter in 2003 and were returning for the first time. They received a very warm welcome and upon arrival, got a chance to meet our girls, who have been brought there prior to the adoption. It is common practice to return children in foster care to the orphanage right before they are to be adopted, but we had no idea it would have happened already. We are, however, thrilled that they sound happy and healthy and they have come through this one, of many changes they will face, so well. We feel so fortunate to have this update and this only makes us even more excited and eager to meet them! Here is most of her letter to me, with just few small parts and their personal info left out:
WOW! WOW! WOW! They are healthy, strong, alert, smart and beautiful!!!! That's what you really want to know, right?
We were received like royalty at Shanggao. As we walked into the lobby with Director Wu we were also greeted by your sweet girls in their little "walker" seats. (Our daughter) immediately began to play with them. We have several photos! I will see if my husband can send them from the computer here...if not we will try in a couple of days, and if all else fails we will do so in the States.
At any rate, your girls have already left the foster home and gotten over the worst shock that they would have entailed ... they appear very content and happy now... we saw the tender care they are getting. A woman was happily looking after them. They were very sturdy and healthy, sitting up well in their little seats, and had a strong grip. They were very interested in the camera and appeared very interested when we showed them their own photos on the digital camera screen and tried to grab the camera! They have a very strong gaze and look into your eyes...they should have no problems attaching and are not timid!
One of the twins had a couple of little scratches on the side of her face...nothing to worry about...she had probably done it with her own fingernail. They look more developed than in the photos you posted (well, of course...but I can tell by the photos you posted, the babies we saw are definitely YOUR babies!) and have nice full heads of wispy fine hair...brown rather than black or dark brown.
We were all very charmed by your precious children...upon seeing them I know I must get online and find out where their parents are...I now just wish I had known about you earlier and I would have asked more specific questions or gotten more specific information. Anyway, you can rest easily that they are in the best possible care until you get there, and by our own experiences at Shanggao I know that all the staff really care about the children.
We send our warmest thanks to this family and if possible, will post any pictures they send. Sweet baby girls, we will be there soon!