Care Package to China

Many people send a care package to their soon-to-be-children care of their orphanage after they are matched. Our agency sent us lots on information about how to put one together, so we decided to work on that this afternoon.  We are enclosing a cute little set of pajamas with some matching socks, one of those little blankets with the stuffed animal head attached in the center (this one is a dog), a single-use camera that the orphanage nannies or the foster mother will hopefully use to take pictures of Anna, and then return to us when we go to pick her up, and the piece de resistance, a little photo album with pictures of us and the cats and dogs, the house, our families, etc.  The agency provided us with a list of common words (like Mother, Father, etc.) and their corresponding Chinese characters, so we printed those on labels, and then stuck them on the photos in the appropriate places so that someone can show her the pictures and tell her who those people are!  We found the cutest little photo album at Hallmark, made by Gund specifically for a little one to carry around.  It’s got a padded terry cloth cover with a little handle on it, and 6 heavy duty clear plastic pockets, sewn with cloth binding, for us to insert 12 photos.

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Hopefully, these items will actually get to the orphanage.  And even if they do, there’s no guarantee they’ll get to Anna.  But if they do, we’ll at least have a little more record of her early months.  We’ll see!

3 Responses to “Care Package to China”

  1. Nicki says:

    Squee!! I see Aunt Nicki and Uncle Tony in those pictures! Yay! You two look like the perfect parents for Anna. I can’t wait to see the three of you together.

  2. Billie says:

    It’s nice to know there’s something I can do to generate a “Squee!!” from somebody! I’m sure Anna’s going to be completely overwhelmed by all these new people, but at least she will have seen their faces before.

  3. gretchen says:

    how wonderful! anna is darling, and of course we love the name (had otto been a girl, you may remember this was the palindrome we had chosen) and of course it is a wonderful tribute to grandma. while i was in china, i picked up some chinese-english kid’s word books. i will look for them and send them along to you to improve your “sight” vocabulary. congratulations to all of you—