Friday, January 28, 2011

Final Day in China

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Our final full day in China. The sun popped out, and we spent the whole day outside…well, except for popping in and out of the little shops. We met our friends on the island, and walked to “old Guangzhou” where there were lots of little shops with traditional items, as well as some souveniers. After a couple hours, we went back onto the island and finished our shopping. Again, the shops are not much on dealing anymore, and the prices have gone up from 5 years ago, but we still had fun. We bought most of our souveniers at Jordan’s and Jennifer’s, both of whom are proclaiming Christians. Jennifer even showed us her cross necklace, but then hid it again inside her shirt. They attend the Christian church on the island, and sell Christian items in their stores. Because it’s out in the open, no doubt, they have governmental permission.

While my friend, Jenna, and I shopped, Jamie and her husband sat outside in the sun with their Starbucks, and let Charlie run around in the walking area. Glad the weather was so pleasant so we could shop longer!

Next was lunch at Lucy’s. We met up with our other friends there, and we all had a fun and yummy lunch. Charlie and his buddy ran around the walking area, laughing and playing ball. Occasionally, we would see a shoe go flying as they kicked the ball and lost their shoe, too. Thankfully, they did not hit anyone in the head!

The kids got in some play time at the playground. Jenna loves the slides, and she and Charlie were racing one another getting on them. Jenna certainly can’t outrun her brother, but she can out scream him…in a fun way. That girl has a set of lungs! I had to get after a couple bigger boys for being rough on the slide and knocking Jenna down backwards. Where are the parents??? The boys looked at me, certainly not upset, but finally did get off the slide and play elsewhere. Our friends and we took a walk along the boardwalk, took some group photos, were stared at by the locals, and then….foot massage time!

The guys went first and we gals took the kids back to Starbucks. 70 minutes later, we met the guys, handed off the kids, and took our turn. Oh, my. $15 and 70 minutes later, my neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, and feet were in complete relaxation. Some of the back massage hurt a bit, but it was worth it. We had fun, drank our tea, and chatted…such a fun time.

We met the rest of our crew back at the White Swan playroom, and headed back to our hotel. It was getting late, we needed to eat, and the kids were obviously tired from playing so hard and not napping. We ordered pizza back at the hotel, and called it a night.

Jenna is still doing great, continues to be a happy girl, and is also beginning to test us. And I guess that’s a good thing because it means she’s trusting us enough to test the limits. I’m thinking with only 10 or so kids at the orphanage, and her probably being one of the young ones, she probably got her way a lot. So, sharing is not easy, nor is obeying mama and baba when it doesn’t suit her. We obviously let things slide for a while…she had enough to deal with. But now it’s time. And today was the day. Several times throughout the day, she blatantly chose to disobey. Nothing serious…but clearly testing us. So, we followed through, and she responded by putting her arm across her eyes and sobbing. But it was a different sob…not the heart-wrenching one from last week, but one that has probably worked to get what she wants. And honestly, with her sweet face and smile, it’s not always easy to tell this girl “no.” Nor is it easy walking down the sidewalk guiding a sobbing girl, not able to see where she's going because she won't take her arm away from her eyes, and locals staring at me like I'm an ogre.

All in all, this has been a wonderful trip. Jenna is just a blessing…such a sweet girl and will fit just perfectly into our family…as if we ever doubted that! Charlie has been a trooper. It’s not easy being the on-sight sibling when so much attention has to be given to his new sister. But he’s had fun, seen and experienced a lot for a 5 year old to take in, and I know the kids have already formed a bond. It has been great to be back in China…the birthplace of both our daughters. To see the sights, and the people, and taste the food…to just be here…it has been a great trip. We’ve met some wonderful friends, shared fun stories, and laughed a lot with them. We’ll miss them, and sure wish they didn’t live so far away! But we’re also ready to be home with our whole family together. I can’t wait to hug those three when we get home! So, without further ado, I bid you farewell from China. The next post will be from home….as a family of 7. Now, where can I find an extended van…


barbara said...

We miss you and can't wait for you to be home.

Jamie - you just knew she was going to make that last comment didn't you?! She was just waiting for the right moment to say it. Well, you know, there's a used car lot not far from your house and I happen to know the owner; I could hook you up and Angie could fill up the seats!!!

Chrissy said...

Have a safe trip home. Thanks again for sharing and for letting us be part of your journey. Thank you for giving Lila's little friend such a loving and happy home.

Holly said...

Prayers for the long flight.
Josiah slept most of it and Elaina cried and screamed through most of it so I've experienced both ends of the spectrum!
Can hardly wait to see your treasures all together!

Karin said...

I LOVE 'going to China' with you. I am reliving our trips through yours and it's so fun (and no jet lag!). So glad sweet Jenna is fitting in and doing so well. She is ADORABLE!! Have a great trip home!

amyhusted said...

Sounds like you are leaving China on a very happy and relaxing note. (A massage would feel good right about now). I am so blessed to have been on this journey with you all. I know God will continue to bless you on your way home. Safe flying. :)