Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ali's Post

Hi Everyone!
As Diana has said, our schedule has been VERY busy, but the excitement and thought of seeing the children keep us going! So far, this experience has been one of the best of my entire life. A few post ago you read about Lu Lu, the little girl with down syndrome. I can honestly say that when she wrapped her arms around me the amount of emotions that ran through my body was something I've never experienced. I was scared, happy, sad, excited, nervous etc. all that the same time! It was INCREDIBLE and she instantly had my heart. Needless to say we were only there five minutes and I was already hysterical!

As for the children in Camp Ox, they are also soo amazing! These children are very well cared for and it shows. As a nanny myself, I can understand and appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into loving a child that is not your own. I admire these nannies so much and they are the ones we especially need to thank for taking such good care of these children!

As, Diana said we have TONS of pictures and can't wait to share them with you all!
Keep reading and keep spreading the word about these children. I hope all of you are falling in love with them just as I am!


My girls...

Please pass the word about these beautiful girls... No time but I have TONS of photos..

Internet is up!

I am going to have one heck of a cell phone bill, but Carl walked me through fixing my connection!!!! It JUST came up and I have to be out of here in an hour... Timing has been like this the entire trip, but we are loving it!!!

I didnt realize how big this was to CCAA. There was quite a reception! Dr Lu (CCAA Director) and MANY other officials there, including civil affairs... These people are all incredible!!!

No time for an update, but here are some pictures. THis is one of the most incredible experiences of our lives....

Also, there are 3 VERY special older girls here. THey are perfectly healthy, BEAUTIFUL, and talented. (They dance and do gymnastics!) Also, Miranda on the list is so special..... She takes care of all the little ones and signs to them. She wants to be a sign language teacher when she grows up. The all greatly desire to have a family and will age out soon. They are not part of the 39 Ox children, but have participated in all our activities. They personally went up to Dr. Lu yesterday and asked if MAA could try to find families for them. CCAA then came to us. I am absolutely in love with these girls adn MAA is committed to find them homes. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THESE 12-13 YO HEALTHY GIRLS.... I have tons of photos and videos of them, and every other child.

They are the first three pictures. (Ali and I are the clowns!)

Many blessings,

Camp Ox Day 1

This is Diana's husband Carl and I am posting for her because she's having problems connecting to the internet from Tianjin. She called in this post to me via cell phone. She told me to tell you that the day was incredible, the kids are incredible and she can't wait to share their information with all of you. She is sorry to disappoint those of you who are closely following, but is currently unable to upload any pictures or video. They are returning to Beijing tomorrow night and will have some pictures uploaded by then if they can work out the technical difficulties.

Thanks for following and thanks for the prayers!