Monday, May 30, 2011

He's ours!

We met Jiushu yesterday for the first time, and this morning he officially became our son.  "Gotcha" was surprisingly joyful and calm...a beautiful moment.  We went shopping for supplies at Carrefour afterward (SO disappointed I didn't have my camera there...a fascinating experience), and then returned to the hotel.  Jiushu has been grieving hard.  He has fleeting moments of peace; Vince can really make him giggle.  He did sleep about seven hours last night, and is napping in his crib right now.  But he is crying often, and does not want much to eat.  This morning we returned to the civil affairs office for more paperwork.  We were very concerned about his seeing his nanny again.  Though I had not thought to pray this, she actually did not come back, and for this we are thankful.  Jiushu cried the entire morning.  The orphanage director and our guide were worried about him and us, I'm sure. They kept feeling his forehead and fussing with his shoes, thinking they were too tight.  We met a couple from Indiana (with Madison adoption agency) there at civil affairs, and look forward to seeing them again in Guangzhou.  There were also two Italian families there adopting children.  Please continue to pray for Jiushu and for us.  My mama's heart is grieving with his.  Here are pictures of both yesterday and this morning.
Jiangsu Civil Affairs
Jiushu's nanny

The orphanage director.  She cried when we said goodbye.
 

15 comments:

HisWife said...

Your long journey is over!!! Welcome to the family kiddo! Can't wait to meet him. Traveling mercies to you all! Love and hugs!

Shirley

Jennifer said...

Oh Jerusha... he is so precious! I continue to pray for God to give him the peace that only He can give!

lindseymwolters said...

Oh goodness!! I'm crying as i read this blog- for the joy and happiness you must be feeling, and the anxiety of making him feel secure and 'at home'. Praying that he bonds to you quickly and that the peace of God fills all of your hearts!!!!

asian~treasures said...

HOORAY!!! He's absolutely adorable.

Noticed he has a huge smile in the picture with the orphanage director. That's a GOOD sign! He was happy & loved!

The grieving is HARD...no doubt about it. But, it's SO necessary. Praying that his heart soon moves to love & trust you guys! And, praying that you can forge ahead & be the caregiver he needs right now.

Happy Family!!

Doug said...

Congratulations - so happy for you and for him. Thankful as well.

The Raudenbush Family said...

He is so adorable -- these first few days are tough. Hang in there. Remember that you are called -- YOU are his mother.

Jessica said...

CONGRATS!!!! So happy for you guys!!!

Lindsay said...

He is DARLING! So happy he is with you now.

Sherry said...

Congratulations!!!!!! Hang in there ... it will get better.

Linds said...

Cheering you on friend!! The grief is so hard. He's so precious Jerusha! Can't wait to meet him!

heather said...

These pictures brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations Jerusha and Vinny! We'll be praying for you guys in this transition.

ali_moran said...

He is so precious! I am praying for you all and for him! It will get easier!

Rita and John said...

Oh, Jerusha. What a beautiful little boy. This must be so hard for all of you, but it is also wonderful that he is grieving, as you know.

Stephanie said...

I LOVE to see all your pictures from Nanjing!
I'm so thrilled for you and your family and your son. Hang in there these first few days and weeks!

jburgener said...

Oh, Vince and Jerusha, I don't have many words, just tears--happy and sad! What a miracle! The Burgener's send hugs and kisses and much love! xoxo, Jenn