Back in 2011 I received an email from an adoptive mom who was asking about a boy in Ava’s orphanage.
His name was Si Ping.
(the boy on the right in the red Mickey Mouse jacket)
And she wondered if we knew him and if we could shed some light on his condition or personality as she was advocating for him to get a family.
And just like God does, He orchestrated a incredible connection!
Becuz as I was looking through the disposable camera pictures that we had sent in Ava’s care package I realized that Ping was in a lot the pictures!
Come to find out that Ava and Ping were good friends in the Jinzhong orphanage. She would tell me things about him when she first came home. But lately she doesn’t remember anything about her time in China.
But I recently came across one of Ava’s conversations with me from Nov. 26, 2012 in my journal:
She climbed into bed at 7:00AM and asks me: “You keep me forever?”
I said, “Of course!”
She then said, “I had three friends in my china. Two girls and a boy.”
I said, “Oh really? Was the boy named Ping?”
To which her eyes lite up in recognition of hearing his name and she said yes.
I asked if she played with him and she said yes.
Then I told her he is getting adopted and will have a family.
She smiled and asked but what about the girls?
There was NO WAY she would have known that just before I went to bed, I had rec’d an email from Cindy telling me that she is actually going to ADOPT Ping!!!
Cindy is (an amazing) single mom and had tried to adopt him in 2011 but China said NO.
So she kept advocating for him to get a family. But then her agency decided to send another LOI in for Ping in 2012 (Without Cindy knowing! They didn’t want to get her hopes up!) and this time China said YES and she was given PRE APPROVAL to adopt Ping!!!!!
Imagine her surprise when she got the phone call from CHI telling her that she was pre-approved for Ping and had the weekend to decide if she wanted to move forward with his adoption!
Talk about a huge decision!
But it is just another example on how God moves mountains for the orphan!
Even when a government says NO, God has a different plan!!
So today Ping, who is now Simon, and Ava got to reunite!
The Stevens family lives in NY and were driving down to VA on vacation.
So they stopped in for a short visit and to have lunch with us.
It was the sweetest visit.
I now have a new friend.
It was sooo nice to finally get to meet Cindy in person after emailing back and forth for 3 years!!!!!
(I truly wish I could meet all my “online” friends in person someday!!!!)
Cindy is truly an amazing mom and she has some great kids!
She has Grace (17), Hope (15), Faith (13), Richard (11), and Simon just turned 10!
Ava and Simon were shy around each other, but bringing the puppy out helped break the ice!
We aren’t sure how much either of them remembers about their time together in China. A lot of kids tend to block out those memories. And once they lose their Chinese it is hard for them to put those past memories into English.
But there is just a special connection that I saw that I can’t really put into words.
It was like they just “knew” each other.
Our next visit will have to be much longer!
We only got to scratch the surface of conversations….and I can’t wait to see them all again and continue hearing more of their stories.
Ava told me after they left that Simon is bigger now!
Which he is……he had to wait longer for his forever home and only got to come home last July.
So Ava left China in Feb. 2011 and Simon left July 2013.
What a sweetheart he is!
His smile says it all……
He is home. <3