With the little girl whose crib was next to his. Her papers have been sent in for adoption. When we walked in the room, it was very apparent that they were special friends. They both started to giggle and "slap" hands. As they must have done, between the bars of their cribs.
Then, we traveled to the town where he was found. This part of our day was very somber to me and John. The area was surrounded by extreme poverty. I've never seen anything like it in the U.S. His finding ad said that he was found by a taxation office by a river. The river was stagnant and polluted with trash. I can imagine his parents really not being able to take care of him. It was a difficult moment for me. On the one hand, I know that he will have a much better life and more opportunities, but on the other hand, parents lost a son; a beautiful, healthy, intelligent son. I have to rest that God has a plan for Elijah to be raised by us. It was quite emotional for me, and I found myself blinking back tears of sadness for his parents.
Housing near finding spot
Our travels today took us into little visited places of China, and I'm grateful to be able to see glimpses into what Elijah's life would have been like. It was extremely interesting to see inside the real China.