Thursday, May 3, 2012

All About Conner

I'm so excited to tell you a bit more about this phenomenal boy!  I must start out by saying that we do not have pre-approval for him at this time.  We normally don't announce our adoptions until we've reached that very important step, but his pre-approval may take a little longer than usual, and we just couldn't wait any longer to share our video!  Let me explain the situation:  An adoptive mom from America was in Hubei a few months ago to get her son.  She went to visit his orphanage, and while she was there she saw our sweet boy playing the piano in the corner.  She thought he was incredible,  and asked the director if she might video him.  The director gave permission and walked over and told Wu Jia Xia that there was an American family who wanted to videotape him.  He asked him to play a "western song."  Jia Xia then wowed us with the theme from the Titanic.  If you didn't catch on from the video, Jia Xia is blind.   I have no idea how much "training" he has had, but holy cow!  He's just eleven, and he can't see!

When I first saw his video, my world just stopped and I had tears streaming down my cheeks.  I immediately knew that this was someone special, and that he already had my heart.  I called Jeremy and told him, "Um, hon?  I think we have a son too!"  (This was about a day after deciding on Cali.)  Jeremy had already thought we should get two again this time, and I had said that there was no way!  But there was something about this special boy that captivated us both and made me yearn for him to be our son.

So this is the issue:  Jia Xia does not have his paperwork completed for adoption.  We have had contact with the orphanage director, who is thrilled that we want to adopt him.  He has promised to put everything together as soon as possible.  We have been approved in our homestudy for two children, and our agency is on board.  So we are just awaiting Jia Xia's paperwork to be finalized before we can be officially "matched."  At this point we think of him as our son, but we know that we need that important step to happen before we can be 100% confident that he is!  We are praying every day for it all to work out quickly and according to God's will for him and for us.

Taylor and Parker picked the name Conner.  It obviously keeps with the tradition of ending in "er," which was important to them.  I think it's a good, solid name for Jia Xia!  Allen comes from Jeremy's father-- just like Rose came from his mother.   Perfect!

We really don't have any information on Conner besides the video and the few words from the director and the lady that videotaped him.  We know that his birthday is in July and that he is 11.  (This would make the ages in our family 13, 12, 11, 11, 11, 8, 7, 7, 7, and 3-- yikes!)  He is apparently very sweet-natured and hard working.  He has been at the orphanage longer than most children there.  He reminds us very much of Lexi.  In fact, we think they look pretty identical in their profiles-- especially from when Lexi had the same haircut as him!

I will post his sweet video here.   Scroll down to the bottom and pause the blog music first.   Be ready to fall in love-- we sure have!!!

 

19 comments:

  1. He is beautiful!! I sure hope you own a piano! He also reminded me of an older, male version of your Lexi! I had that thought when I saw him on your announcement clip!

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  2. So beautiful!!! What a killer song! The words fit perfectly!!
    To think that you and Jer both are so talented on the piano--I can't imagine what he will be able to do when he gets home!
    Yes, the similarities between Lexi and him are striking!

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  3. Wow! That is amazing...he will be a wonderful addition to your sweet family.

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  4. He is so handsome and I'm so thrilled for him and you! Praying that all the paperwork gets lined up quickly!

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  5. Wow! That made me tear up. You have a lovely family, and I hope it works out for him to be a part of it. I agree with another poster above; if you don't already have a piano, I hope you're getting one! What an amazing talent.

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    1. We do have a piano! Christi and I both play and our family loves music. We think Conner will fit right in:)

      Jeremy

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  6. That brought tears to my eyes. Wow. What a special boy. I am excited for Conner, Cali, and you all...will be praying for the paperwork to finalize quickly.

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  7. Oh Christianne!!! The mom that took that video is my dear friend, Kim J! I remember her telling me about him via Skype after she met him. She was SO impressed by him and said that he was so polite and sweet! God is just so great! What a beautiful tapestry He weaves!!!! God bless your wonderful heart!!!!

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  8. Wow! Amazing! I was sad the video ended. Maybe someday he will be the next Paul Cardall? I can only imagine how beautiful he will make the hymns sound! He looks so sweet and perfect for your family!

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  9. Oh My Goodness....guys what a brilliant light he has!! Wow - this is extremely cool!

    And because I feel a certain "entitlement" having been in country with at least some of y'all for a minute or two...Obviously you know we don't object to "virtual twinning" - we've done it - allbeit becuase it just 'happened' that way....but "virtual tripletts" - twice? ;) Well - we've known for several years now that y'all are exceptional!

    Great joy - and I'm clever enough to know a "God moment" when I see one!

    love you guy - aus and co.

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  10. When my daughter saw this, she was so happy - and amazed! Such an accidental meeting bringing him together with your family - God works fast! I saw her pic reflected in the piano - it doesn't even look like the same girl anymore. How he'll bloom with smiles when he comes home!

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  11. Oh I am smitten! PRAYING so hard for his paperwork to come thru quickly!

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  12. Can't wait to see what the Lord does in this young man's life!

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  13. that video brought tears to my eyes, what a little angel.

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  14. I loved this video when I saw I posted on the advocate web site! I'm so happy he will be joining your family!

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  15. He is Amazing I alread love him too!

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  16. Welcome to the family, Conner! We are praying hard to get you home!

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  17. I'm really speechless. He is amazing!

    Kim O

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  18. Oh Christianne! He's just precious. So talented. What a joy that someone at the orphanage has given him a love for music! I just cried as I watched his video. Amazing. He'll be perfect in your family!

    We met in Guangzhou in December of 2010 when you were getting your two girls and we had just gotten our tiny Gabriella. Since then we've added two more China blessings to our family! ;)

    I love to check on your blog and I'm just tickled to find out your incredible news!

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