Sunday, June 26, 2011

From Beihai to Central Park


We spent the entire day in Central Park so that the girls would have space to play and just be together. They had gotten together the night before in a hotel room. First Jingju and Taylor met. They were a little shy with each other at first. Then Maylea arrived, followed by Yanni and Tessa. Once all five girls were together they completely became themselves and it was total mayhem and silliness. In the small hotel room, they ran, they hid under beds and in closets, they wrestled, and laughed, and got to be friends again.

Central Park is a world all its own within New York City. It was the perfect place for the girls to wander and explore. It was lovely to see them together and to watch my own daughter, the youngest of the five, with her first family again. Every day I feel thankful and lucky to have Jingju in my life.  I think over my own history and years of struggle and learning to love myself that led me eventually to Jingju, and the way her path to me began with the day she was found. In the adoption world we talk a lot about the losses our children have had. On this day in the park, my thoughts turned to the other side of loss... of finding. I find myself everyday in loving Jingju.


Left to right: Jingju, Tessa, Yanni

Tessa and Yanni
Left to right: Taylor, Yanni, Mayleea

Left to right: Sandra, Jingju, Tessa


Mayleea and Taylor

Tessa and Jingju


Friday, June 24, 2011

Beihai Little Sisters Reunion

Jingju and I are in New York City for a reunion with her "Little Sisters" from her orphanage in Beihai. Tessa (Jinghuan) and Yanni (Yanlan) are coming again, but Jingju will also be seeing two other friends, Mayleea (Yonghua) and Taylor (Caihong), who she hasn't seen since she left China two years ago. The girls will be getting together tonight at their hotel to get reacquainted. Pictures to come...

Picture from SWI of Wuzhou where the girls were prior to Beihai. 
Front row far right is Taylor (Caihong), Middle row 2nd from right is Jingju, 4th from right is Mayleea (Yonghua), 6th from right is Tessa (Jinghuan), and 5th from right is Yanni (Yanlan) I think this is correct.