Ready for the day!
At breakfast Hannah ate hard boiled egg, bread, scrambled eggs, watermelon, a small container of yogurt, some rice, bites of pancake— basically anything we offered her. We only quit eating because it was time to go! We are thankful she is eating but expect her appetite to slow (and for her to start rejecting some foods) as she learns that a) food is always available and b) she can have an opinion about things!
Our new group of 47 people loaded the bus at 9am. We are 11 families adopting 13 children under the age of 2 1/2! We are quite the group!! We traveled back to the Civil Affairs office to officially register Hannah’s adoption. In that small ceremony she went from being An Ping to Hannah Elizabeth Ping Pickett! We took pictures with government officials and received our adoption certificate.
Waiting at the Civil Affairs office in my hat made by Lisa!
The next stop was the Notary Office which was just a few minutes away. When we arrived we had to trudge up 6 flights of stairs all while carrying babies! Hannah is only letting me hold her most of the time so I got quite the workout! We gathered in a conference room to sign more paperwork and take more official photos. When we were finished we loaded up and made the short drive back to the hotel.
We arrived at the passport office which was unheated inside. Our goal there was to apply for Hannah’s passport and take her official passport photo. We expected things to take 15 minutes based on what our CCAI rep told us. Unfortunately there was a longer line for passport photos and then the workers could not find either of the Anyang babies information in their system. An official from the orphanage was there and managed to sort things out. While we waited I needed to use the bathroom but was afraid Hannah would scream and feel afraid if I left her. Bryan held her outside the bathroom door and gave her puffs while I was inside and she stopped crying and then let him hold her for about 10 minutes after that. A huge victory!! She still prefers me but felt safe enough with him to not cry which was great.
Some lovely pictures of the mens' bathroom - a great place to store bikes!
Holding Hannah on the counter, waiting on passport paperwork.
The man with the funny haircut in front of me is an official from her orphanage.
Hannah's crib- EMPTY!
Outside Hannah's orphanage
Leaving for good-- Never again!
We are so grateful to have such a strong ‘cheering section’ as we go through this process. Your encouragement, excitement and most of all your prayers are so wonderful. This trip has been a million times easier than Caleb’s adoption trip for a lot of different reasons. We see that as a sign of God’s faithfulness to equip us! Thank you for reading and praying for us!