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!!!