Meeting Bao

dscf1764It’s done! We finally met the new member of our family…

The drive to the orphanage was quick–15 minutes maybe. When we pulled up, out came two kids I’ve only known from pictures–first KimAnh and then Bao. They were smiling and waving immediately.

We got out of the van and approached the two little ones,who were bundled in coats despite the warm weather (to us!) To these folks, 75 degrees is cold. Hard to fathom.

Anyway, so Bao had been told that we were coming so he knew about our arrival and appeared very much okay with it. He let me hug him and he smiled right away.

The coordinators have told us that Bao and KimAnh are actually cousins. COUSINS. The last time they took Bao to see his grandparents, KimAnh went with him because, like I said, they are cousins (!)

So, we’ve got pictures of his and her entire large family on the boat on which he lived for the first six years of his life. His mother was there, but from what we hear, they really didn’t have a relationship. His uncle played a big role in his life, and Bao is coming home with a very well cared for doll that his uncle gave to him when he was one year old.

The family picture album that we sent Bao several months ago is remaining with his family in Hue. They requested to keep it. Tears in my eyes…how about yours?

Amazing. Anyway, I don’t have a picture of us all together yet, but I can add this one, that hubby took this morning. G can’t stop from hugging Bao. He touches him gently on the arm and just smiles. I said, “You love your new brother, don’t you?” He just smiled and nodded. They’re watching Cars right now and Bao seems to really like it.

We’re off to lunch in a few minutes. What a day.



  1. suecq said,

    January 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Congratulations!! Off to the airport with J & K, but will be looking for more pictures later on in the day!

  2. Moose said,

    January 12, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’m so happy for you it makes me cry ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the picture of you with your boys.
    What about KimAnh? Bring her too.
    Love, Moosie

  3. Christina said,

    January 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations! What a huge and wonderful day. I think it’s awesome that Bao has those birth family connections and that they know about his new family and obviously care so much about him. All good stuff. Is KimAnh also coming to America? Will they be able to visit one another? How great that would be!

  4. Mindy said,

    January 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Awesome! Looking forward to seeing more pictures. It all sounds terrific so far!

  5. Tina said,

    January 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Wow!! Congratulations!! We are smiling and so happy for you.
    And, KimAnh and Bao are cousins!! That is amazing. Enjoy every minute.

  6. Amber said,

    January 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Jean, I am so happy for you!!! Your family is now truely complete! I can barely type because of all the tears of joy streaming down my face!!! I can’t wait to hear more and see more pictures!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Andrea said,

    January 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I definitely have tears in my eyes, but my heart is overflowing for you all. Kara and Meghan are also very excited. We love you ll and can’t wait for you to come home!

  8. Sarah said,

    January 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see more photos. Give An & Nga huge hugs from us.

  9. Elaine said,

    January 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Yay!!! Congratulations. That is so sweet that his birth family wants to keep your pictures, and wonderful that you have pictures of his family. Hopefully he and his cousin will get to keep in touch.

  10. Andrea's mom said,

    January 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Is not “4” a beautiful number! I have joy in my heart for you.

  11. Mindy said,

    January 13, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Just realized that if Bao thinks 75 is cold – he is in for an awakening when he gets to Baltimore in January! So many new surprises for him!

  12. Moose said,

    January 13, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I accidentally posted to an old post :&
    Anxiously awaiting your next update!
    xo, Moosie

  13. Kristi said,

    January 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I def. have tears in my eyes. How awesome. We are so happy for you and Bao. Love you guys!! God has surely blessed you.

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