Erin Qinglian is 12 years old and currently lives in Beijing in a wonderful foster program called Bethel. If you go to their website she is called Katie. Bethel cares for orphans who are blind or have a vision impairment. Erin has been blind since birth. She attends the Beijing School for the Blind. She has run the Beijing mini marathon, and plays a percussion instrument at her school. She was told last week that she has a family coming for her. She lives in an apartment with three other girls who are also part of Bethel, and we've heard that two of the other girls also have families coming for them.
Our other daughter waiting is Ettamei Zijui.
She will be the baby of our family.
She is 6 years old and is part of
program called Love Without
Boundaries. She lives with a
foster granny and grandpa who
obviously dote on her. She
likes the color pink and her
foster granny bought her
some flashy pink shoes. The
foster grandpa walks her to
school each day. She has mild
CP that doesn't seem to slow
her down any. Her file makes it
seem as if she is quite the
social butterfly. As far as we
know Meimei has not yet
been told she is being adopted.
Our paperwork was sent this week for our I-800, so our next big thing we are waiting on is our travel approval. Once we have that, we'll be in the final stages of waiting to travel. It will probably be 8-10 more weeks before we head to China. We were given a gift that will allow Elli to travel with us. She is so excited to see places in China she never saw while living there, but she is even more excited to meet her newest sisters. We think it will be comforting, especially for Erin (since they are almost the same age) to have someone a bit younger there with us.
Soon there will be two less orphans in the world!!!! Hallelujah!!!