The orphanage is a 4 hour drive from our hotel, so the day started out with a long car ride. Kennedy did great! She just sat quietly playing until she fell asleep. Carseats aren't really a thing in China (as in they don't exist), so please don't send me e-mails on car safety, I am a full supporter and she will be in her 5 point Britax the second we get home - I promise!
As soon as we arrived at the orphanage Kennedy had a little bit of an accident and we had to do a quick wardrobe change and then we waited in a room for her foster mother to arrive. When her foster mother arrived, Kennedy was a bit hesitate to go to her (and I could tell this was hard on her foster mother), but eventually she went to her and they got one last hug and good bye. I will tell you now nothing can prepare you for this moment - for this meeting. To meet the person that has loved and cared for your child for the last year of her life. It was overwhelming.
We asked so many questions about Kennedy and tried to gain as much information as possible in this short time we had with her foster mother. And with each question the tears welled up in her foster mother's eyes and in mine. Until it got to the point that neither one of us could hold them back anymore, and all I could do is look at her and promise her we would take care of Kennedy and be the best parents we could possibly be. It was the most pivotal moment in our journey so far. It was a visible handing over, and one I will never forget.
This was of course extremely comforting to me as this is where Kennedy has spent her entire life. Below are some more pictures of our day at the orphanage. We have a little less than a week here in China and we can't wait to bring Kennedy home. And we are missing our other little chicks like CRAZY!