We would like to formally introduce our daughter, "Sarah Qiuyan Bracker", to everyone reading the blog. After a restless night's "sleep", we enjoyed the breakfast buffet before heading down to meet our guide and driver at 9:00.
Here is were things get temporarily ugly and we are fortunate Deb is not being held on assault charges. We were supposed to meet Sarah at 9:30. Unfortunately, the driver and guide apparently didn't know where they were going. So, we got lost, lost, lost. And no, I'm not repeating myself...we got lost at least three separate times (lost as in stopping to ask for directions lost...not just a minor wrong turn). So, we finally arrived at 10:00 to find her waiting there on a coach with other families already having found each other. I wonder what she was thinking while sitting there waiting for us. Fortunately our little girl is a trooper. Her face lit up when she saw us and we ran to hug her.
We've included a few photos taken shortly after we met.One of the documents that we filled out this morning required her American name. We had planned (and told her in a letter) that she would have several options for her name. She could keep her name as is, pick an American name on her own, or have our help. She wanted an American first name but wanted a little help. We gave her the choice of Kara, Sarah, or Lauren. She chose Sarah to go with Qiuyan as her middle name.
One of the highlights was going through her photo album of some photos that she had taken over the past year or two, including a variety of friends, teachers, and people from the orphanage. Some of the pictures were taken from a field trip to Tiananmen Square where we had just visited.While the language gap is a bit of a struggle, we have managed so far. We did a little shopping at Wal-Mart after we met. Some for her, some for gifts for her friends at the orphanage, and also a few snacks. Tomorrow we go in the morning for some more document signing and then a visit to the orphanage.Well, there is probably more to tell, but my mind is overwhelmed at the moment, so I will wrap this up. Let me just say that after spending the day with Sarah, we couldn't be happier to have her as our daughter. We are very lucky indeed. She is a smiling, upbeat girl with a warm and wonderful personality. One little tidbit that we found out was that she performs magic. Of course, we already knew this because she had cast a spell on us from the moment we first found her.