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And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew18:5



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Guangzhou Day 1

We are here!!!  Tomorrow is THE DAY!!!  We met our guide this afternoon and got our cell phone, and asked her a dozen questions.  Then she took us all around the hotel block to show us where to buy bottled water, and noodles, and snacks that the kids always like.  We walked through narrow alleyways lined with little family run shops where most of the owners live behind the shop.  The buildings were close enough that you could easily throw a ball across to your neighbor.  There were lots of laundry hanging on lines above us, and a few right along the sidewalk.......they didn't seem to mind hanging their undies for all to see. There was a group of elderly couples sitting in chairs chatting, just like we would on our front porches, except their front porch is an alley, where lots of people walk by close enough to touch.  We walked by a butcher shop where meat was lying in slabs on a table......it didn't look like a very sanitary place...FDA would not have approved!, but it didn't phase at all, the little boy(about 18 mos?) squatted on the floor playing in the dirt with a spoon...he didn't look too sanitary either....but he was darling!   There is a park across the street with a play ground that we can get to by going under the highway by a tunnel walkway, and an outdoor pool at the hotel.  It was 80 degrees here today.......and HUMID!  It feels like Florida.  One thing our guide in Beijing told us that was kind of surprising to us was that Chinese families are starting to want girls more and more because with a boy the parents have to provide him with an education, and he has to be able to provide for a wife, and buy and furnish an apartment.  3 generations of families share the cost of an apartment building, it takes that long to pay it off......and normally 2 generations (mom, dad, son, daughter-in-law, and child) live in a 250-300 square ft., 2 bedroom apartment..... that cost about 500 to 600 dollars a square ft. or 150,000.  We are enjoying our experience so far, but I have to say.......I'm glad I was born in the good ol U S of A!  Our guide was 32, and was waiting to get enough money to provide for a wife and child. Sorry this is rather random:) Have I mentioned all ready that there are SO many people???  WOW!  But they are a gentle beautiful race!  There is no road rage, or fights.........at least we haven't seen any:) and little crime.

We will meet the guide in the morning to go to the bank to exchange our US dollars for Chinese currency called Yuan.  It takes 6.25 Yuan to equal a dollar.  The guide warned us not to exchange it anywhere but at the bank, or hotel, as otherwise it could be counterfeit.  Also not to ask the price of anything from the street vendors, or they will follow you and bug you to death..

  The guide will pick us up at 2:15 to go to the Civil Affairs office where we join the other adoptive parents in the grand CHAOS, and JOY, and TEARS, that is adoption.  Please pray hard for our little girls!!  and for us:)  Thank you all of our prayer warriors!  We are so thankful for each one of you.  May God be with each of you, and with us tomorrow.  Love you all.




These aren't great pictures:( it was really cloudy while we were there.  We are trying to get a flicker account set up where we can upload all our photos and you can go there and see them.  This is SO slow!  I will post the link soon.
 

11 comments:

  1. I can't believe your finally there!! LOVE seeing you and Troy IN CHINA! Those little side streets were one of my fondest memories of China. It was enchanting especailly after dark with all the lights and sounds and smells (okay the smells may not be enchanting but memorable all the same). Go to the park with the girls! Another one of my fav's! It beats the Jade market by miles. You are probably getting ready for bed.....maybe a sleepless night but try! Please know that we are praying and praying for all of you! XiaoSi thinks Dayu and XiaoKui are coming to live with us and I can't explain that they will have their own house in America. Last night she said she didn't want them sleeping in her bed but that they could sleep with Seanie! She waits to pray for them everynight. Hold on tight!!! The ride is about to begin! Strap on that Holy seatbelt!!! :) Much much LOVE!!!

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  2. thinking & praying for you & the girls!:) The day is FINALLY upon you! Blessings!

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  3. Judy! I am excited for you! I'm enjoying your blog and loving the photos! Did you get a VPN?
    I can't to see you with those sweet girls! Praying for a smooth transition!

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  4. So glad I was able to check your blog today! Looking forward to hearing about tomorrow, and I'll be praying for you as you meet your girls and you begin the hard and good work of knitting your lives together.
    Martita

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  5. Judy, I was just thinking about you! It's just after 4 am...wondering if you are sleeping or awake with excitement! I pray that you sweet babies aren't too afraid. Bless you as you prepare for their "gotcha day"!

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  6. You have been on minds so much lately. I keep looking at the clock and calculating what time it is in China! Will b thinking of you tomorrow.

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  7. I'm going to try this again enjoying your pics and the blogs thinking of you all and praying for you. The weather today here was nice, wind, but this evening was gorgeous. Busy with work, yard work ect. Well that's all for now!! Praying for a beautiful reunion with the girls!!!
    Joe and Kathy Flora
    I'm having trouble posting my comment!!

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  8. I got it to go!! Yippie!!! Have a good week!!
    Joe and Kathy

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  9. Well, it's already Monday morning where you are, Judy. You are sooo close! It's hard to believe so much time has passed and now you are there! I will be praying for a smooth transition for you and your husband and the girls.

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  10. Just got home from the weekend away at 11:00 p.m. and had to sit down and catch up on this blog. Was so fun to see and read. I am setting my alarm for a couple hours and waking up to pray for you. Can't believe its girl time for you. Will be praying for all four of you. Can't wait to see more pictures and of you with them. It seems so unreal. Thinking of you every day. Blessings to you dearest friends. Love you!!!! Carol

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  11. Beautiful photos! I remember the great wall being just as beautiful as you can imagine it being!!

    I'm not sure where you were driving but there was not gentleness on the roads in Beijing when we were there! People were crazy, honking, yelling out the windows and"pushing" cars off the road. It was mayhem and gridlock everyday. I couldn't imagine driving there! But they were gentle person to person, for sure.

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