One morning my parents made breakfast for us. After prayer they asked us what we thought of adopting. After a while of talking they told us that a good friend, who was in the Taiwan group, had e-mailed us that there was a 6-year-old boy in Taiwan that needed a home. When I heard that I felt that God was yelling “here’s you answer!” I knew that we would be bringing him home. My parent still did not believe me. Since the trip was only 2 weeks away, my dad said that we could think about it and see the boy. Fast forward 2 weeks and I got off my first airplane ride. We went straight to the orphanage where the little boy Guan Guan lived. I loved him at first sight. He and the other orphans got me involved in a mixed-up game of keep away and tag. It was such a fun experience. Over the course of the trip I went to a swimming pool, night market, park and beach. At the beach Guan Guan’s aunt came and talked with my dad about adopting him. After a while, my dad came into the water and told me we were going to start the adoption process. I was so excited that I fell underwater. Every time after I saw him I thought, “he is going to be my little brother.” Once I got home my family started getting things ready. I will be honest - the whole adoption process was stressful and hard. I had a very hard time giving up my own bedroom. I couldn’t find someone to talk to about the process of adopting, so I had no idea what to expect. A social worker came to our house and talked to me about what I thought about having a brother. Although it seemed like forever, our adoption was only 4 months long and that is actually very fast. About 4 or 5 days before Christmas my family was in our kitchen making breakfast and my mom all called us to come to the table. We all gathered around her as she read the e-mail that Guan Guan was ready for my parents to come and get him. I was so overjoyed! I felt like screaming and crying and jumping for joy all at once.
|The day I met my brother in Taiwan|