In talking to other families who have adopted from China, it seems to be variable how much children are prepared for their adoptions; some children immediately seem to recognize their adoptive parents from the photos they were sent, and others clearly were never given the photo albums. I am hopeful that someone has at least shown her our pictures, as our friends whose little girl is in the same orphanage, received a picture of their daughter looking at the care package and pictures that they had sent to her.
Either way, no matter how many pictures you are shown, understanding that a family is traveling from halfway around the world to come pick you up and take you away on an airplane, forever, must be an abstract and terrifying concept to a three year old. And to answer another question I get frequently, as soon as we meet Lia on May 14th, she will stay with us. There is no gradual introduction period. We will go and visit her orphanage a couple days after we meet her, and we're hoping that we'll be able to meet her friends and caregivers at that time and take pictures and say some goodbyes, but there are no guarantees. I just keep praying for her little heart, that God will comfort her in all of this transition, and that we'll be able to meet her needs in this whole transition period.
|The first care package we sent to Lia|
|The photos we sent in that care package|
|The second care package went sent Lia- Nora giving the mouse some love before we sent it!|
|A mouse and a blankie going on a big journey|
|A photo album and candy for the nannies|