Wednesday, January 16, 2013

About a boy from Shanghai . . .

On the Bund on a foggy cold day

We have had our son, Anthony Jianyou, for two days now. Let me introduce our precious boy to you, well, what I know so far! There is so much still to learn about him! I can't wait to see his personality develop as the language barrier breaks down and our attachment grows!

He is such a sweet happy child. The smiles on his face as we tuck him in at night and greet him in the morning are priceless. He gets super excited when we go out on an outing and when we return to our room! :) He is quick to hold our hands (and Grace's) as we go on adventures in Shanghai, swinging our arms and skipping together. He loves Grace and tries to help her as big brothers should even when she is being stubborn. When she gets grumpy or upset because she isn’t getting her way (as three year olds are prone to do), he offers to share the iPad or pats her back. So Sweet! He is patient with her and her excitement over having a brother but also gently plays and has fun with her. The two of them love to play chase/tickle together and all I can do is laugh with glee at the preciousness of it all. 

As we were heading out for our morning sightseeing for the day, he kept trying to ask me something about his toys. I was in a hurry to get downstairs and didn’t use Google translate but instead opted for miming which never really proves to be very effective. He was scooping up all his toys to take with us and I said, “No, No, two toys for the trip”. He indicated he understood and picked out two toys. When we got downstairs, I enlisted the help of our guide, Ming Ming, and it turns out he thought we were leaving for good and was worried he couldn’t take all his toys with us. Breaks my heart, sweet boy.

All throughout the morning, either we or him would initiate a hug and an I love you would follow which as you can imagine are the most precious words we can hear right now. God has truly blessed us with our son. We are so thankful for his foster parents and their love and care him. Please keep them in your prayers as we know they grieving his loss.

Sightseeing for the day!

Today we visited the Bund, the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel of Lights (think Willy Wonka - a video will be forthcoming), the Oriental Pearl Tower (TV Tower), and a small museum which laid out for us the history of Shanghai. To learn more about these, I have attached links. Unfortunately, a dense thick fog has engulfed the city today so our views were limited and there is a chill about in the air, but we still had fun!

The Bund

Headed to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

High above the foggy city

Glass bottom floor over the city

My new favorite!

My babies
Learning the history of Shanghai

History continued . . .


  1. Love knowing your son is doing so well!!! Look forward to meeting you all this weekend!!!

  2. We are loving seeing all the great pictures!! So very happy for all of you. You look so wonderful as a family of 4! We are praying daily for all of you.

  3. Oh Suzanne, I am so, so, so happy for you! Anthony looks so sweet and joyful at being in your family. I am loving your stories and pictures. :)

  4. This makes my heart melt...I am so thankful that you are his parents! He is so blessed to have all three of you as his family. We will pray for his foster family and the continued transition. Can't wait to see you guys!

  5. I love the description of your family off on an adventure. It sounds like you are enjoying each other very much. We were in Shanghai in April of 2011 to adopt our 5 year old daughter. It is an amazing city! Your pictures brought back memories. :)

  6. Oh! I am loving such a hopeful beginning to your journey! Praise the Lord for his sweet spirit. I will pray that the Lord continues to bless this little boy as he strives to connect with you guys! ~Ellen




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