Ben’s Gotcha Day

A family goes to pick their new son up from a Chinese orphanage.

Jessalynn Speight August 17, 2014

This video was hard to watch. It shows a family’s journey to an orphanage in Beijing to pick up their new son, Ben. You feel how anxious the mother is to hold her son. You can tell that she is stressed he won’t come to her. She continues to be patient and eventually he gives in.

It tends to be a much different situation when you adopt an infant, but Ben is about 2 years old. In the case of this video, this family is taking him from all he has ever known. This makes him nervous and scared.

At 11:17 You see him interact with his new “ge-ge,” which means big brother in Mandarin. Sam is patient and keeps a good distance, while still playing trying to make Ben feel comfortable.

By the end of the video, Ben seems to have warmed up to his family, and they begin their journey back to the US.

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Jessalynn Speight

Jessalynn Bills Speight placed for adoption 5.5 years ago. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She placed her in the arms of an incredible family and share a wonderful open adoption. When her birth daughter was 6 months old she started a blog called www.Birthmothers4Adoption.com, 2 years later she got married to a stud muffin. She now has two kids and 2 fur babies. She resides in good ol' Utah. She started hosting retreats for adoptive couples and has now moved on to hosting birth mother retreats as well. She has presented at conferences and taught classes at women's retreats. She recently had an article in Cosmopolitan, was featured on Fox National News, The Kelly File, and several local news channels. She's helped film a documentary about adoption, a video called the Agape Project, and has blogged for many other websites and online magazines. She is an avid foodie and enjoys cooking, traveling, rescuing animals, learning about holistic healing, history, and photography.


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