The Final Day in Taiwan... For Now

Our time here is coming to an end for this trip. A final dinner together, a final night in our Airbnb, a final breakfast, and we will be back on our way to the US. We are glad to go back home to our families, but the time here changes you, no matter how many times you have come.

Each of us have tucked away memories that will stay with us and shape our thoughts and actions moving forward.

Some of those memories are precious. The children who are going home, the discussions we have had with staff members here in Taiwan and with each other, and the funny things that happen when you visit a country where you do not speak the language.

Some of those memories are poignant. The brothers who want to be adopted together; when we asked one of the boys what he wants to be when he grows up he replied, "take care of my family." His older brother has some delays and the middle brother looks out for him. I got some pictures of them hugging which I cannot post here, but this will give you a glimpse of the moment we witnessed. The boy whose file is soon to be closed (meaning that we will not see him or get updates on him, not that he cannot be adopted) even though he is only 9 years old and very smart. We do not know exactly why this decision was reached, but we know he deserves a family and that we feel a real sense of urgency to find his family while we have good, current information to share.

We are going home changed, as we always do. Determined to share these things we have seen and heard with you. Determined to tell the stories we have been entrusted with. Determined to change hearts, as ours have been changed.