Monday, December 16, 2013

He is officially ISAAC SCHAEFER now!

This is Katie again. Mick, Allie, and Isaac are traveling to his orphanage today (a four-hour trip one way). I’m not exactly sure what the visit is for (someone with knowledge, feel free to explain in the comments!), but I do know that this morning he officially became Isaac Schaefer!!!

I thought it would be nice to splice together some of the anecdotes and observations that Mick and my parents have made so far. I’ve asked about a billion questions,  and they have patiently answered most of them. I thought I’d share some of their answers now as well.

From Mick:

So far things are going really well. He is outgoing and energetic. He does like to be in control, but he already looks to us for support, which is a good thing. He's willing to share and is helpful.

He does not speak English. Often we figure things out with gestures, but when he looks you in the eye and says a full sentence in Mandarin, gestures don't always help. :)

From Dad:
He is fun to play with. This morning he said something playful to me in a tough guy voice but with a smile. I repeated it back to him and he just cracked up laughing and wanted to keep doing it. 

He likes playing Monster-- he started it himself. [I think every family has a version of this game, wherein the adult chases and pretends to attack the child.]

From Mom:
He was cute at dinner last night.  He dips his fries in ketchup.  He likes to have a lot of food on his plate, but if he doesn't like something, he lets us know.  I think he took a bite out of most things in our bread basket.

He likes to make us laugh.  He pretended to dip his fries in the cap to his water bottle which made us all laugh.  He crinkled his face and laughed with us.

He moves constantly.

Today is Allie’s birthday. Mick and Allie get a son on Allie’s birthday.  How in the world did God arrange that? I marvel.

Isaac’s orphanage did prepare him for the transition.   All the way here he said, “I am going to my momma and babba.”

He did not know what they were doing today [going back to the orphanage].  But he grabbed his backpack and went with them, waving bye to us.  

He slept well all by himself.  He eats well.  

The Holt guide translator is with them all day.  They will learn more about him.  He is verbal, but we only guess what he says.  

The hotel manager asked him if he is happy.  He answered in a way that transcends language.  She asked him because it is obvious he is happy.

Two important themes: Isaac loves that camera. And Allie is completely delighted by him.


  1. Oh, this makes me so happy! I have been waiting for 2 1/2 years to see him with a family! God is so good! It is surreal to see pictures of them all together.

    The reason they have to go to Chaoyang is to go to the local police station to apply for his passport. Since they will be so close to the orphanage most people stop in to see where he has been. When we adopted Luke this summer he really enjoyed introducing his friends to his new family. We told Isaac that his family was coming soon and there they are!

  2. Thanks, Pam! That makes more sense now. :) --Katie

  3. It's also good closure for the kids and the families. I'm sure the nannies and the director like to see who 'their kids' are going home with, too. When we visited our daughter's in Inner Mongolia it was surreal. Her nanny held her and loved on her, but Avery very willingly came right back to me. The orphanage staff get attached. Going back one last time is a good thing.