Our pre-approval arrived today. We are now allowed to share about our sweet girl.
Xu Miao Xuan
Mae Xuan Grabowski
born September 18, 2009
Isn't she the cutest little thing? I'm not sure how old she is in this picture. I'm assuming around 1 year. She has nerve damage in her right arm which causes it to be weak. Jon and I are prepared that she will have no use of her hand or any ability to use the right arm. Anything different will be a pleasant surprise. I guess she will be a lefty! :)
After receiving Mae's referral I began to scour the internet looking for pictures of her orphanage. I discovered a yahoo group specific to the Xuchang SWI. In one of the messages I found that someone had visited early in the year and took a bunch of pictures. I emailed them and asked to see the pictures hoping that Mae was in one. She emailed me back asking for my phone number. When she called I was stunned to find that I knew her voice. She and her husband where one of the families that we traveled with. I could not believe it.
I was able to see some of her pictures in the yahoo group and was bummed to not find Mae. It was neat to see her orphanage and see how well it was kept. A few days later my friend called again and said she had more pictures. While they were there her husband was drawn to one particular child. Through a window the husband snapped nine pictures. That child was Mae.
I now have pictures of Mae when she was 7 months old. It is crazy for me to think that they had pictures of Mae on their camera while traveling with us around China. We were only an hour or so away from her while adopting Lily.