The other night, I was sent a link to a blog where a woman had documented her 2009 trip to Kunming. She was on a heritage tour with her two boys, both of whom had both been adopted from Kunming. She had an album of pictures from the foster village and I eagerly looked through each one, hoping to catch a glimpse of Yun Xi. I didn't see him, but with hundreds of children living there, I wasn't surprised. Then, I went over to the photos of the orphanage. Knowing that Yun Xi had spent his first months there, I was curious. As I clicked through the photos of adorable babies, suddenly my screen was filled with the face of a chubby two year-old. He was a year younger than in the photos we have of him, but it was obviously our Yun Xi.
I was able to contact the woman who took the picture and also had a long phone conversation with another woman who was also on the tour. She met our son and remembered him and shared several more photos. He seems to be a favorite amongst the nannies.
In this photo, he's on the left, helping in one of the baby rooms.
This woman said that he seemed very happy and for that, I am so thankful. She did say however, that the children only leave the orphanage when they have medical check-ups. Yun Xi's whole world has been this compound of buildings. Admittedly, it's a gorgeous facility, unlike any orphanage I've ever seen.
But it's so obviously not a home.
I can't imagine a little boy wandering these huge rooms.
Under this photo of Yun Xi and one of the nannies, the woman had written,
"I want to bring this one home."
Please keep Yun Xi in your prayers.
That he's being loved and cared for in the orphanage.
That his spirit is being prepared for the great change that will happen in his life.
That we'll be prepared to teach him what it means to have a family.