Friday March 22nd

Friday March 22nd (written by Carin)

Well, today I am not really sure what to write about. We are still in Wuhan, China till tomorrow morning. Today we have to do some adoption work-like go to the notary and passport office. We found another couple in our hotel that are from the pan handle and also adopted a little girl. Last night we all ventured out for a dinner together. Anthony was ready for a sandwich so he ordered a club sandwich. Let’s just say it was the strangest club sandwich we have ever seen. Luckily, I ordered some fried rice. Mine came with a steamed egg and soup-which Mia loved. The funny part was that in my soup was what appeared to be a mushroom. So she put it on her spoon and bit into it and kept eating it. But eventually she pulled out some bones….so it was not a mushroom. It was making my stomach turn but we decided it was so important that we should record her because we know she would love to see this when she is 18…ha. Another funny thing we have realized is that Americans don’t dress their children warm enough. Who would have guessed? I thought my kids were comfortably dressed but according to many of the older Chinese people I have not put enough layers on Mia. All I can do is laugh and walk on. I know she is fine because she is SWEATING. But Anthony was talking to me yesterday about how they must have some big fears of getting sick. They dress their children like big old snowmen, they only give their children warm water, and they wear mask around the city.

Enough about China onto Mia. Man she is a little pistol. Her personality comes out quite clearly even without words. She figured out yesterday how to tell me she had to go to the bathroom-she pulled me to the bathroom and started to take her clothes off. I thought ok I know what you want. Then yesterday we went to a great museum but after about 2 hours of walking and looking she started to pull me. I didn’t know what she wanted at first but then I followed and realized she was headed to the door. When I picked her up and walked back in a typical 2 year old fit occurred. (But I will say her fits are not as long or as loud as most kids in America. I am sure she will meet Addie and Addie will school her on how to have an appropriate fit.) But she is stubborn and strong. Yesterday I could tell she was very sad but she was holding it in. She didn’t want to cry. I just held her and told her it was ok. I want her to feel safe that she can grieve. So she cried and I held her. I am so thankful she is a strong little girl but I know there is healing when you express your emotions. She still doesn’t want Anthony to hold her. Please pray for this because it has been really hard on Anthony. He really wants to love on her but she is just not there yet. But we found a good compromise. Food. He feeds her every meal and also carries M&Ms in his pocket for rewards. It has helped a lot. She will let him help her get dressed and that is a big step.

Please keep us in your prayers as we fly back to Guangzhou, China tomorrow morning.

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~ by Anthony Orzo on March 22, 2012.

6 Responses to “Friday March 22nd”

  1. I can so relate to what little Mia is feeling even though she is only 21/2 but the good thing is that she will not remember any of this and will have such wonderful memories of a loving mom and dad. You are being so brave…because I know that your heart is breaking. I am thankful that she is strong but that she will let you hold her while she cries. She will have such a happy home to come to. Hang in there honey! Tell Anthony that we will pray for her to be won over by chocolate! Love you, mom

  2. Anthony and Carin, I just finished reading your blog and am so excited for Mia and the wonderful love she is going to receive. Thanks for sharing this journey with all of us.

  3. Praying for you guys every day! You sound like you really know what you’re doing already; like you’ve been through this process before. May God continue to give you wisdom.

  4. I have been following you everyday. I pray that each day will get easier. God Bless.

  5. You both have nothing to worry about, one day Mia will be a happy little girl and she will love you both dearly. That day will probably be here sooner than you think. She will realize one day that this was the best thing that could happen to her.I think about you everyday and you are in my night prayers. Love you both and kisses to Mia.

  6. Love reading these. You’re both doing a wonderful job. Can feel your heart through your words and “see” what you describe. I’ll pray with all the others that Mia will soon see Anthony as Ba Ba, but I already know it will most certainly come. Perfect love casts out fear. Anthony’s love will win her heart.

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