The Day After

[Note: Internet access has been spotty for the last few days in Guilin, so this post is a little late. We are now in Guangzhou, so hopefully we will get caught up here soon.]

The adoption process is set up so that adoptive parents have their child for one night and then the next day take the oath, just so parents can be sure they want to go ahead with such a major decision. The morning of January 20th was our time to visit the Civil Affairs office to take the oath that we accept Yuan-Yuan as our daughter and we will love her forever and then get the papers notarized.

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At the hotel, about to go to the Civil Affairs office and the Notary Office.

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She must sit in Baba’s lap in the van.

This is the first office we went to. David, our guide, is nearest to the official, and he translated everything for us. [Papa got all of this on video, too] In general, he has been an amazing guide.

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Taking the oath to accept Yuan-Yuan as our daughter.

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She’s officially our daughter!

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Left to right: Orphanage Director’s assistant, Mama, Yuan-Yuan, Baba, David (our awesome guide), and Ms Tian (Orphanage Director)

After the Civil Affairs office, we went to the notary office.

Filling out more forms at the notary office

Filling out more forms at the notary office

Yuan-Yuan loves suckers. And sitting with her leg crossed.

Yuan-Yuan loves suckers. And sitting with her leg crossed.

After taking care of business, we went to lunch, and hung out at the hotel bonding. There is a huge park where the hotel is, and we took a stroll through some of it.

This awesome park was next to the hotel.

This awesome park was next to the hotel.

Whenever Yuan-Yuan sees this monkey, she gets really excited.

Whenever Yuan-Yuan sees this monkey, she gets really excited.

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2 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. Congratulations to the united Brown family!! I am eagerly waiting for the first hand accounting of your entire experience and all the photos telling your story. Prayers are continually offered as you embrace life for God’s glory in Jesus name.

    Kole, I will always remember this date as it is the anniversary of the marriage of your grandparents-Keith and Georgia Reynolds Davis in 1936. Their love transcends generations.
    Love to each of you!

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