Our coordinator, Catherine, told us to be in the business center at conference room six shortly before 4:00. We arrived to a huge UN style conference room. There was a long shiny wooden table surrounded by huge leather armchairs and big microphones at every seat. Catherine had a lot of paper with her and an assistant, also from FTIA, Helen. We five families chatted nervously and then suddenly the four kids from the Yiyang orphanage were being brought into the room. The four babies were dressed identically in little white and blue outfits that said "love" on the front. They all appeared healthy, clean and very rosy cheeked. Not a single one was crying.
The babies were all sizes, some bigger and some smaller. Tess was one of the smallest kids and has a lot of hair. She was the only one of the bunch not fostered and has spent all her days at the orphanage. The director of the orphanage was a middle aged woman and she called her Jian-Jian (sounds like gin-gin). Catherine told us to have all our questions ready and she would translate. I, of course, spent a lot of time asking questions about life at the orphanage and why wasn't she fostered like the rest. I wanted to know what the orphanage was like so I could tell Tessa her story someday.
They brought us formula and a small souvenir for her from the orphanage, a keepsake necklace with an ox on it since she is the year of the ox. Then we went to our rooms for a bit and were told to return in 30 minutes to do paperwork which we did. We managed to get a few group photos in their identical outfits before disbursing again. We tried to have a pizza party but I think everyone was too overwhelmed. We visited with a few of the families and shared a few stories, but eventually retreated to our rooms. The men who are here went out last night to the cigar bar on the 28th floor. Grayson,Tessa and I fell asleep at 9:00 sharp.
Today is a big day filled with forms and paperwork and that promised trip to Wal-mart.
Xo Amy, Geoff, Grayson and Tessa