I am in Shanghai already and I did not have time to send this letter nor did I take any pictures. You might have to wait for that. But here is what I wrote:
I made a discovery yesterday. I cannot do math. I went to the orphanage to go and pick up the two babies. I got home and counted and I had three. I just couldn't help myself. I almost choose four. I cannot be trusted to back up there because I want to take everyone of the babies home. They are all boys so that was an interesting twist.
The three stooges do not have any English names at the moment, I have decided that Kay can name them. I guess it is a lousy way of compensating her. I mean I really blind sided her. I phone and say that today you have to choose between saving a child's life or not? What can you say to that? She has no option but to agree.
I am subtracting one though. I heard that Laura's family will be coming to get her in the middle of October, right after I get back from Hangzhou. I am so glad for her. She is going to have an older brother and a loving family. I could not have wished anything better for her. My heart is quivering a little and I am worried about pain of letting go but I know that I have accomplished my mission: To help her survive, get her medical attention and then help her to get adopted. The rest...I will watch from afar and revel in her accomplishments knowing that I helped at a very critical time.
We are leaving for Shanghai later today. Three adults and the three babies. Quite the road trip! There was such a wonderful response to my request for donations. I am so grateful to all of you who helped. I will be sure to let you know how we do. I hope you will keep us in your prayers and especially the babies.
Love and laughter,
Amanda and the 17 rugrats