Ash is a sweet, clever 10 year old that we had the pleasure of meeting last month. It truly was a pleasure spending time with him – he did every task we threw his way, and he did them well! He completed all of our hard puzzles and was so gracious with everyone – us, the social workers, the other kids in the room. Ash is in the 5th grade where he gets good grades and told us he has lots of friends. He is learning some English in school and we could tell he was very proud to answer our questions in English when he could.
Meet sweet, spunky 7 year old Kelsey! This was our first time meeting Kelsey and we all had fun getting to know her. She did well on all of the tasks asked of her. She even did some simple multiplication!
We get used to children tugging on our heartstrings. It is to be expected in the work that we do. But I am going to say, these little girls embedded themselves in my heart in the time I spent with them! They are beautiful and sweet. They have known heartache in their little lives. In Taiwan we get a lot of birth family history and these precious girls have definitely been through hard things. But their love and affection for each other was immediately obvious.
I am the first of our team to arrive in Taiwan. Tired and feeling a bit bedraggled I landed around 5:30 AM. By the time I got to our Airbnb apartment it was close to 7. We all love staying in the apartment, but I quickly realized I was going to need to go out pretty quickly to get some water. So after a shower, some fresh clothes, and a call home I headed out!
We love reading adoption stories! Especially, when the story is about a Gladney Family. Recently, Lonnie and Michelle's adoption story was featured on the Humans of New York Facebook page.
So... our next trip to Taiwan is planned. The tickets are booked. Now it is time to ask you again for your generous donations!
Read the latest information about Gladney's China and Taiwan's adoption program in the March 2019 Gladney Newsletter.
As of 9/26/19:
We are so happy to learn that Draydon has found his forever family! However, there are still many children like Draydon still waiting for their families. Please contact Mary.Chapman@Gladney.org to learn more about adopting from Taiwan.
Read the latest information about Gladney's China and Taiwan's adoption program in the February 2019 Gladney Newsletter.