Monday, November 2, 2009

Today those two years of long waiting were proven worth every single second!

Ok, nobody can wait to see the photos so the link is first.  Today we went to The Center for Intercountry Adoption of Hubei Provence.  We had to fill out some paperwork but soon after our arrival FengHua showed up with the representatives from the Agency.  She was there with another boy who was fostered in the same neighborhood and went to school with her and he also was being adopted today but to Switzerland.  The agency was AWESOME!  They gave us a photo book and a coin they had made for her to remember where she came from.

She took right to us!  She doesn't seem to want either of us to leave her already!  Our guide Claire (American name) is also with us, she has been fantastic!  We had to trade all the american money for Yuan at a couple of banks and without her wouldn't have gone so well.  Interestingly enough for 15 minutes today I, Kevin Gingras, had a bank account in China.  I had to open it to exchange the money.  We did 2/3 of it at one bank and the rest at another.  The second bank was much easier.

Faith FengHua is currently discovering how our camera works and flashing it in everyone's eyes!  She is hilarious!  We are loving every minute of it!  When I went out on errands she got a bath from Allison and then took a two hour nap on her.  We got congee for her for dinner, breakfast probably the same tomorrow.  Apparently congee is just overwatered rice.  It's not bad. 

Another treat was I got to go to WalMart in Wuhan.  Not too different from WalMart in America.  It isn't open 24 hours like ours and I didn't get a smiley sticker!

Please keep praying for us because we aren't home yet but at least we have our reason for being here with us now!  She's got a bit of a cold but seems very happy!

Love you all - thanks for all your prayers and help, without all of you behind us this NEVER would have happened!  KG.


  1. OMG! She is beautiful! I LOVE the smiles on both of your faces! Try to contain yourselves!
    Love you all!

  2. I just ran and woke Rich up to see the pictures. She is so beautiful and you all look so happy!! We are so excited to have Faith in our family! Love, Heather and Rich

  3. The pictures are unbelievable! I am so overcome with emotion!! You are the luckiest people ever.

  4. Faith is beautiful!!! William says, she looks pretty. I can't wait to show the kids when they get home from school.
    Lots of prayers being said.
    Love the DeLucas

  5. The Peterson'sNovember 2, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    So exciting!! Congratulations to all of you.

  6. She is so beautiful!! Looks like you guys are keepers :0) Praying for all of you. Stay healthy.
    Love The Costas

  7. Oh my goodness, she is beautiful! I've been waiting to see the pics. and had the kids do indep. spelling work so I could quickly check email! :-) I got to see her before Dave! Even called my two instructional assistants over to the computer so they could see, too! Glad to hear everything is going so smoothly. We'll continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
    The Rodericks (Joanne actually!)

  8. Oh my gosh -- you must be so overwhelmed with emotion right now! You all look so happy! I could not sleep last night. Stayed up until 6 AM this morning waiting for pictures :-) We just sat down as a family and looked at the pictures. Nolan said "She is pretty. I bet she will like Hailan." Cal said "Ha, ha. Dat's Mr. Kevin." The picture of Kevin and Faith with her smiling up at him is priceless. How can we not look at that picture and cry?!! I am so inspired by you guys.

    I'm sure you miss the boys, but it sounds like they are doing just fine and enjoying their "independence". Enjoy each minute you have of alone time with Faith. We will continue to keep you in our prayers and will anxiously wait to read your posts every day. I can't wait to give that precious angel a hug!

  9. Just looked at the pictures and she is so precious. It brought tears to our eyes. It must be a great feeling for her to take to you right away.

    We will keep praying for each of you until you get home.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay and keep us posted.

    Love & Hugs,
    aunt Anna & uncle Eddie

  10. The pictures are beautiful. You all look so happy and as if you belong together. Adam just saw the pictures for the 1st. time and he thought she was adorable. When Kevin posted on facebook that "she likes me", I really lost it. So happy for you all and the boys can't wait for you all to be together as a family. Till then, Love, MA(memere)