Finally an update!! I am having a hard time posting pictures due to very slow internet. On 4th of July we visited Yangchun SWI. It was an emotional day for all of us, but I am so glad we got to this for Tahlia. We will visit Jazzie's orphanage on the 9th, but for now here are some pictures of our Yangchun visit.
Picture taken before we got into the car to head to the SWI, right across the street from our hotel.
Matt and Alex talking to director Yu:
The director handed us Tahlia's file and we were able to look over everything and take pictures of it.
We even got to see am early picture of Tahlia that we had never seen before. It was at this point tht Tahlia started to cry. She was just so sad and I can't even imagine what was going through her little head.
Tahlia and her official Yangchun file:
Tahia received a gift from director Yu. Winnie's dad is holding it up for her. He came along and served as our driver. So cool...
This little baby is going home to her American parents in a few weeks. I got to snuggle her and whisper that her mommy and daddy were coming soon. I also got to send a few pictures to her mom :-)
The girls had a good time playing with some of the other children. We brought beach balls and hair clips for them....
Winnie enjoyed some cuddles as well:
This little girl was fascinated by the girls iTouches and really enjoyed taking some selfies with Jazzie and Tahlia:
Alex talking to a boy who kept following us around...
Jazzie gave him a lollipop and he had no idea what to do with it. She showed him how to eat it and it was just so sweet.
Tahlia in her old room:
Tahlia really enjoyed seeing director Yu. Tahlia made a point of sitting next to her at lunch and gave her several hugs. She definitely felt a connection and I think it must be because director Yu is the only direct link to her past. Miss Yu told us that she defintely feels that Tahlia has the Yangchun look ("short and cheeky") and has no doubt she is from the area.
Putting up a poster at her finding spot:
I am SO glad we were able to do this. Even though it was emotional and hard to see the kids that are still there, in the end it was a very positive experience for all of us.