Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
We left China Friday night ( we are talking a week ago now) after getting our visa for Avery. After much discussion we ended up switching our plans from taking the train to hiring a van to drop us off at the door of our hotel. Guangzhou is really only 90 miles away, but with traffic and going through the border it takes around 3 hours to drive. The drive was uneventful. We shared the van with Erin, Jeff, and Mayleigh. As we passed over the border Avery waved her goodbyes all on her own. No joking! I didn't provoke her to wave. We arrived at our hotel around 8 p.m. and given our early start the next morning we grabbed some dinner and went to bed. The next morning (Saturday) we hired a taxi and drove over to Landau Island where I met my good friend Sue from my Michigan days and German Club Speaking Group. You can take a taxi, a bus, or the cable car to the top to see the Giant Buddha and we took the bus. The view was beautiful. The Buddha is free for all to see! It was a spectacular sight to see. It is the largest sitting bronze statue in the world. We lugged Avery to the top which is no easy task as there are 265 steps to the top. We made it though! Yahoo! Afterwards, we walked to the village and got something to eat. As we boarded the bus I started to not feel so good and it was all down hill from there literally. As we boarded the ferry to cross the harbor, I knew I wasn't going to make the rest of the day without getting sick. So I sad my goodbyes to my friend and Avery and I headed back to the hotel. The rest of the day was spent with my head hanging over the toilet. Boo! I was so looking forward to exploring Hong Kong. The next day (Sunday) it was all I could do to get Avery and I on the plane for home, but I wasn't going to stay. I wanted to go home! I wanted to see my family.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
It looks like we are beginning to turn a corner and see light at the end of the tunnel. I am feeling much better and was actually able to get my suitcases unpacked today. Yahoo! Avery also seems to feel much better too, but still has a pretty bad cough. She had a pretty good appetite today and gave her older sister by 3 month grieve as she was fighting for my attention. She gets pretty jealous of Addy. Never saw that coming, and would have thought it would be the other way around. Too funny! She isn't too thrilled with Addy, but I hope that will change. She likes the boys, but maybe because they aren't much of a threat. Her language is really taking off. She can now say Bye Bye, eye, wow!, eat, and my mom believe she can say all done and my turn. I am not counting the last two until I hear them for myself though. She blows kisses, gives kisses, can touch her nose, eyes, and ears when you say them, claps, waves bye bye, and knows her name in English. I have one more post after this in regards to our trip -Hong Kong. Some of you know we traveled with our adoption agency. There were 5 families in our group. While we did not tour with them in Beijing we did pretty much everything from the time we left Beijing with the group. You don't have to and believe me there was plenty of alone time, but I can't say enough about getting to know the other people in your group. It was really important for me as I didn't have my family with me on the whole trip and so it was great to have someone to hang with once my hubby and son left, but it was good to have others to bounce off your feeling with as this is one journey that only they can understand and or other who have been through it understand. Also, I can't say enough about the groups on Facebook and getting to know the families that traveled at the same time as us. As I mentioned in a previous post about 9 of us from Facebook gathered for dinner one night. It was so great putting faces to names. We did it! Our baby is Home!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Hi! We made it home safely! Unfortunately, when I was in Hong Kong I picked up some intestinal bug and 5 days later it is still wrecking havoc. I had gone to the doctors, but at the moment the antibiotic have not kicked in and poor Avery came home with the flu. She has been so sick! Sadly, she did not respond to the medication they gave her very well, so at this point I am hoping it just runs it course and she will be better in a few days. All and all we could use your prayers. Having not eaten in 5 days has not left me with very little energy. I am thankful to have great neighbors who have brought dinner and for my mother-in-law who is still here and has been taking very good care of us. These photos are from our last day in Guangzhou. Located near our hotel were two beautiful parks. The parks were filled with people playing ping pong, children, people exercising, couple taking engagement photos and wedding photos, and were being decorated for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Today is the day! Thursday morning we got up pretty early to be at the consulate at 8:30 a.m. in the morning. The only have 2 appointments a day with a total of 24 appointments or at least for adoptions. There were hundreds in line I am assuming hoping to get an emigrant visa. You can't take pictures inside, so we only brought my cell phone with me and afterwards our guide took a couple photos of us in front of the sign. I will add those once I get home and can get them off my phone. The appointment went pretty fast. You get in and take a number. They call you up and you turn in your papers. They look them over really quick to make sure you have everything and then you swear that all information is correct. Then you sit down for a few minutes and they call you back again and you do a finger print scan and are free to go. The visa's are ready the next day to be picked up. On Friday afternoon, our guide picked up the visa's and off we went to Hong Kong where we will leave Sunday morning to head home. I can't believe the two weeks are over! I am so excited to see my family. At the same time, I am a little sad for Avery that she is leaving her birth country, but living in an orphanage is no place to live. Every child needs a family. The next post will be from the States. I still have a few things to share about China as well! See you soon or maybe after I get out of the jet lag coma.
Friday, January 17, 2014
On Wednesday, we were still waiting for our consulate appointment. You can't leave China without a Visa. Avery will be traveling home on a Chinese passport, but the minute she touches down on American soil she will be an American citizen. Our appointment wasn't until Thursday morning. So off we went to the Safari Park. The park is amazing. Shortly after entering the gates, you board a little motorized train that takes you through about half the park. Their you can see animals wondering free as if they were in the wild. Tigers white and orange, lions, camels, elephants, zebras, giraffes, and so on! They have a really great collection of animals. Then you depart the train and head over to the white tiger display where they have about 5 white tigers on display. I could not resist the opportunity to pet a koala. Then off to the pandas. What would be a trip to China without seeing the panda bears. The elephant show was fantastic! It was worth the money of 250 Yuan which is about $45 dollars U.S. plus we shared our van with our group so we divided up the cost of getting out their. I believe you can take the subway there, so that would probably be much cheaper than a taxi or hiring a driver. Really this park was amazing!