The day I met my son

At 9:30 in the morning we took a bus with five other couples from our adoption agency to the local civil affairs office. Everyone was so nervous and excited, including us. It was so hard to believe that the moment we had been waiting for over two years to happen was actually here!


We had been warned that it could be pretty chaotic and random when we would actually meet the kids and when we would be doing our paperwork. We got off the bus and right away a lady asked if our son was from Zhoukou and my mind went completely blank. She asked again, and it finally registered. She said “He’s right inside the door!”. I think my heart stopped. When we walked a few steps and got inside the door, she pointed to him standing a few feet away with some Chinese adults. He looked so tiny. He was wearing all pink and had a Mickey Mouse hat on and he looked just like his pictures. I knelt down to him and he just looked at me with no expression, then someone gave me a cookie that was wrapped to give to him. I unwrapped it as I stared at his face. I could not take my eyes off him. And I couldn’t stop smiling through the tears.

(some of these photos are from an iPhone and the quality isn’t great)

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He was the first child there, so everyone was just standing around watching us and taking pictures. It was a really emotional and surreal experience. A lady motioned that she wanted to take a picture with me and Sawyer, then another lady did the same thing. I assumed they were with his orphanage and found out later they were. No one spoke very good English, so it was pretty hard to figure out what exactly was going on.

I kept feeding him and he liked that a lot. They told me he was thirsty, so I gave him water to drink, and he just quietly let me hold him. The office started to get full of other kids being brought in and it was pretty loud, so hubs took him and Avery outside on the steps while I finished paperwork with my shaky hands. I asked if I could ask his orphanage workers some questions about him. I asked questions like does he take a nap, what does he like to eat, what is his personality, favorite toys, etc. They answered the best they could. Then I went outside with hubs and Avery and we played with Sawyer on the steps. I had brought some little toys and books along, and he got really playful. We made a children’s book with picture of the kids, our house, grandparents, etc. that we showed him, and he loved to look at it.
DSC_0068sawyer1It was so special to see the other families meeting their children for the first time. After we received our children, we hopped in the bus and headed back to the hotel with our kids.
sawyer2We gave him a bath, which he loved, then he showed us how much he likes to eat. I was really unsure what he would be able to eat because of his cleft palate, but he is an eating champ and figures out a way to eat anything he can. An answer to prayer, that’s for sure.
Bringing Avery along on the trip was such a great decision. She loved him from the minute she saw him and they have a very special bond. I can’t wait for Violet and Jack to meet him, too.DSC_0121DSC_0115 DSC_0145DSC_0080
HIs name is Sawyer Tian. His Chinese name is Kui Tian, and we are keeping his middle name.
Our first day was not at all how I pictured it would be – it was much more peaceful and natural than I anticipated. He seemed to accept almost immediately that he was ours and that we would take care of him. I expected a much harder transition, but it went incredibly well and we are so thankful!

18 thoughts on “The day I met my son

  1. Through tear stained eyes, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful, personal experience. We are all adopted into the family of God the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. You and your family are a blessing to Sawyer and everyone that has had the opportunity to share in your story. I will pray for Sawyer, your children, husband and you as all of you start this part of the journey. Keep us up to date.
    Bless you, Denise Reaves

  2. Thank you for sharing such a special part of your life with us! Reminds me that God is good, all the time. Praying for your family.

  3. Our God is amazing and has His hand all over Sawyer’s Forever Family! What a beautiful family you have with huge hearts for others. Thank you for sharing your experience meeting this little man.

  4. I’m so glad things are going well for ALL of you! Such a blessing to finally see his sweet face and how happy he seems! I pray the rest of your trip will go as smooth and that you have safe travels home!! ❤

  5. Hi Aimee
    With tears in my eyes I delighted myself
    With your pictures. Our God is an awesome GOD. So happy for your family. I feel like I know all of you.
    May God continue to bless your stay there. Much Love, in His name. Esther

  6. This brought a lot of tears and memories, 34 years ago , we went to another part of the state and picked up our little son. It was so amazing , looking into his eyes and the big smile that came and it was love forever in person. Like that beautiful saying, adoption is love growing not under your heart, but in it. God bless you and your family!

  7. I am so happy for you all!!! It’s such a blessing to hear your story and see your beautiful family. Thank you so much for sharing it. God bless

  8. I don’t think I know you but this article was shared by a friend of mine on Facebook and so I thought I’d check it out.

    I was one of those boys. Born in South Korea, not China, but I also had a Cleft Lip/Palate. I was raised by a lovely family in eastern PA and went to Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic more times than I can count. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to my parents and to other people like you who are willing to take children like me into their homes and raise them as their own. I have never much struggled with wanting to know who my birth parents are, perhaps because I was adopted as a 1 year old or maybe because my parents loved me so much. For whatever reason, I just wanted to say that I appreciate what you have done so much and am praying for you today as you begin this adventure together.

  9. Thank you for sharing your sweet story. It flooded me with memories of when I too went to an airport and saw and held my beautiful daughter for the first time! That was 22 years ago!!! Tasha transitioned immediantly and we had zero problems with her bonding to us, eventho I had to go back to work within the first two weeks of her arrival. She has grown into a lovely young woman, in college at LU and wanting to become a nurse. She is the love of my life! The greatest gift outside of Jesus that has ever been given to me!

  10. 1 John 4:8… “God is Love”
    That’s it. We are created in His image & that’s why this is so amazing– from both sides. 😉 God Bless all of you.

  11. Aimee,

    I subscribed to your post just because of some cute signs you had on your website and now I get a peek into your life. And although God has put this adoption in your heart, you guys are wonderful family for following through. May God continue to bless you. Happy Easter. Monique

    Sent from my iPhone


    • I have followed your journey to Sawyer from the perspective and recollection of being a 10 year old girl when my brother came home to us from Romania. Such pride and joy I felt that my parents had traveled so far, by the work of the Lord, to grow our family. I remember so clearly meeting him, with total disregard that we had ever been apart and I never stopped feeling proud of my little brother. Your children are indeed privileged to get to experience all that lays ahead as you continue the story…adoption gloriously altered my life.

  12. What an incredibly blessed story. It brought me to tears and I am overcome with joy for your entire family. It is so moving how clearly you can see he belongs with you guys. The smiles on your faces are radiant, and it seems like it was instantaneous that he found his place with the four of you! Sending love to you all! Thanks so much for sharing!

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