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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goodbye China and the Yichun SWI


My last orphanage... for now.
I'm likely traveling home by the time you read this.
It's going to take a while to process this trip. All the days have been full, but some days are heavier than other. And some days have been so heavy for a myriad of reasons. I'll need some time not only to recuperate from jet lag but also for prayer and processing.
Many many thanks to the amazing Martha Osborn for giving my a kick in the pants when I needed it. I needed it. To my sweet friend Erin for thinking of me for this trip. For Darla, Mai, Keely and the other Nancy for being the boots on the ground with the incredible care they give these beautiful children and their hearts of gold. To Gong Zhan and our interpreters who made it all possible. To the advocates on the first half of the trip who will now take action and help find some forever families for these amazing little ones. I was truly honored to be in such company.

I am changed.

I'll leave you with my last day with come of the wonderfully-made children in the Yichun Social Welfare Institute in Yichun, Jiangxi, China, where not even measles and influenza stopped us! (thus the masks)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ji'an, Jiangxi, SWI

Several people have asked me, or maybe rather it's just come up, what I do here on this China trip. Mostly, I want to capture image that move people, and mostly move people to action. I think the first pic in the post especially has the potential to do that. To show the realness of Down's syndrome and the orphans of China. Martha was quite smitten with this gorgeous little dumplin', and honestly I had a hard time not taking pics of her. She is just such a delicious little puddin' pop! And smart! And ready to grow and take on the world! Then again, in the arms of a forever family, they all are really. 
We hauled this "stander" all over China, in and out of many airports and train stations and vans just to leave it at this orphanage. This little guy has CP and I don't know or not if this is his first time standing, but look at his face at the brought him upright for the first time! And that smile made it all worth while! This is the type of stuff that I got to witness over here with this amazing team.
Crazy beautiful smiles filled my heart and I'm reminded how children seem to be the same in so many ways not matter where they are from or their circumstances.
And do not even get me started about this last little one in the photo above. He will never ever leave my memory for as long as I live. Perhaps if we meet in person, I can share more. But for now, I am still processing. The days are full as is my heart. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Xinyu, Jiangxi SWI


Did I mention the team I am here with is so crazy talented and full of so much heart! I'm honored to be with them. If I did I want to say it aga

Monday, April 18, 2016

Scenes from a train window


Traveling from Changsha Hunan to Xinju, Jiangxi, China
Ya, it's that good.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Periscope


Wanna see us in action?
The infamous Martha Osborn of Rainbow Kids is showing us on Periscope at "Superkids."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The babies at ChangSha No.1 Social Welfare Institute


We spent the day with babies. 
BABIES! 
Oh my. My my MY! 
Some were quiet. Some were quick with a smile. Some were weary. Some hungry. Some came into our arms and other were eager to show off their walking and toddling skills. 
But they all were delicious and we loved on them with all of our hearts on this day. They were delicious and oh so adorable! 
Many of the children shown here will be available through Gladney Center for Adoption.  Be sure to contact them if you see someone here that's tugging on your heartstrings!

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood


... a neighborhood in ChangSha, Hunan, China that is!

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