1/30/2007. "Gotcha Day" to Gia Gong Jia Fan. Moments after we met Gia, her orphanage co-director brought out a photo album of Gia's life in Pingnan, Guangxi. She told us that Gia had shared her life with another little girl - Gong Fu Cheng in the orphanage and more recently in a foster home. Many of the photo's were of the two of them - often dressed alike - "like twins!" Gia would tell us later.
Gia looked at her photo's often, and it became clear to us that she grieved for her life in China and of her Gong Fu Cheng. Gia would tell us stories about her "we fighted!" One day I found Gia with tears streaming down her face, looking at her photo's and trying to call Fu Cheng on her toy cell phone.
We were told that Gia and Fu Cheng were in a foster home sponsored by Grace Hope. Through a very good internet friend, we found out that they had named Fu Cheng "Jeannie". My dear mother's name. She had passed away just 4 months after Gia came home. Hmm.... something inside me stirred and it was at that time that I decided that until Jeannie was placed with her "forever mama" that I was it - and I would do everything possible to advocate for her.
Gia was doing her part to convince us that Jeannie was her sister. One night I heard her tell her daddy at bed time " Gong Fu Cheng has the same daddy as me - in America!" Well, daddy was not convinced! Several months later on Mothers Day I received a card from Gia and her daddy that said "mommy, please do everything you can to bring Jeannie home". He said yes! He is the best daddy and husband ever!
After months of hard work, persistence, prayer, help from people I don't even know, we received approval to adopt Jeannie. We will be herforever family! Gia and Jeannie will have a life together with their big brother Ben!