Okay friends and family, I am thrilled to share some unexpected news with you.
It's a bit lengthy, so bare with me.
After trying to get information for some time on a young boy in Jaelyn's foster care pictures, we found, through another adoptive families' inquiry, that he has not been made adoptable due to his Cerebral Palsy. My heart really ached for him. Yongmei, who was a fellow adoptive parent when we adopted Kaia in 2004, generously offered to make a trip to the orphanage when she went to visit her family in Changchun (where Jaelyn is from), to see what she could learn. I sent over a picture album and thank-you notes that she interpreted, to both the swi and foster care, and I tried to encourage them to make the foster brother available for adoption. I honestly did not think they would give Yongmei any information, especially since they did not allow us to visit. Who was I to doubt God and Yongmei?! She got to visit the swi and then the foster care director took her to the foster home the following day! But here's where it gets really interesting....yes, she got to see the boy in the picture, but she also got to meet whom the orphanage thinks is Jaelyn's BIOLOGICAL brother! She sent pictures and he looks just like Jaelyn, only he is 5. He is also missing his forearm, only his right instead of left. It gets better....he is being adopted by an American family soon and the director said he would give Yongmei the information, if we wanted. IF we wanted???? Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this would be how it would work out. Mike even said if this boy wasn't already being adopted we would be starting our paperwork right now (and that's a lot for Mike to say at this busy point in our lives). I am anxious to see how this all works out and thrilled to have a piece of Jaelyn's history.
I will keep you all abreast of the situation as I learn more. I am having difficulty posting the picture right now, so will try again later. You can judge for yourself whether or not Jaelyn looks like this boy.