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Amber: The Little Tortoise Emerging From Her Shell

Amber has been a student at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan since 2010.

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In 2010, we knew her as “little tortoise”, an affectionate nickname given to her by her teachers due to her tendency to be introverted.

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She was definitely extra shy at first, but everyone seemed to notice ways in which she was trying to come out of her shell. Food was one thing that always seemed to draw her out!

AmberwaitingsnackAmber waiting for her snack

By 2012, we were seeing strides in Amber’s progress in the classroom. She became more willing to participate, interesting in playing with others and understood the rhythm of the classroom.

Her creativity was blossoming, too. One particularly entertaining story has to do with Amber coloring her face with paint — instead of her paper — during one art class. One of the adults said to Amber, “Your face is so special, why don’t you paint on the paper?” This made Amber grin from ear to ear as she flashed her smile and a silly face at everyone.

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She was most interested in snacktime, though, and always seemed willing to try anything that was offered.

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It has been enjoyable to see Amber’s enthusiasm in the classroom blossom. Teachers say she is often singing, trying new things, working hard and doing it all with a smile.

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If you were to visit Amber’s classroom recently, you would see her pretending to be different animals during exercise time. Right now, Amber is working hard on developing her counting skills. She regularly spends time counting all of the red beans and kidney beans. If her teacher asks her for three beans, Amber uses tweezers to give her the number of beans she is looking for. She also has fun playing with dice and matching her dice to the teachers.

Ambercountingbeans“No photos, please — I’m trying to concentrate here!”

Amber is eight years old, and her adoption file is ready and waiting to be matched. It is our sincere hope that 2015 will be the year that Amber joins her family – a family whose support, love, and understanding will get her the resources she needs in order to reach her full potential.

Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.

Check out previous posts about Amber:
Amber Awaits
Amber: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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