First thing, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAGE!! Oh how I miss my babies! It has been so hard being apart and my heart is torn... sad being away from my babies and happy with Willow. I know Mountain Man is taking good care of them and protecting them and probably giving them lots of ice cream.
I would have posted sooner but the slowest connection in China is here in Fuzhou. It takes forever to download pictures... whew.
Sage doing a bit of knitting. :)
What a difference a couple of days make. Willow has come into her own and is simply fabulous! Whoa, is she active. Even though I had been told she could walk I had my doubts as I couldn't imagine this tiny little thing actually walking on thighs I can put my thumb and middle finger around. Yesterday she showed me she not only can walk, but run. Run very quickly. The ayis must have played chase with her because if you act like you are going to come after her and say /lie/ ( come) she takes off at an amazing rate of speed with giggles of sheer delight pouring forth. I watched for hours as she walked and ran around the room frolicking with the toys, shoes, books, bottled water and anything else she could get her hands on. She proudly brings me her findings, placing them in my lap like a gift then waits for her well deserved thank you. She is an absolutely amazing child full of giggles and mirth. My heart soars at the thought that the Lord actually felt I deserve her. What amazing love He has for His children. She is feeling much better, but I believe I will have my rep let a pediatrician look at her when we get to Guangzhou tomm. as she is still very rattley and is pulling at her ears.
There is not a lot of shopping to do here as it is not a tourist area. Fujian is know for it's fragrant Jasmine tea. I did purchase some of this smooth beverage. Tea in China is "real" tea, pure and full of taste.
My rep, Daphne, is nothing less than amazing. She treats me like royalty fetching what ever I need, ordering me room service, getting me fluffier pillows (without me asking) , and constantly checking on me and Willow. She is truly a model rep and has helped with over 1,000 children. One couple in her last group had identical twins. She said in China, because of the one child policy, many pray to have twins. She said her mother and family prayed and hoped for twins then when she had her l ittle girl she was thankful she did not as it was so much work! How do you do it with 6?! she asked me. Her daughter is 17 months old so we have had some nice chats on our little ones.
only for emergencies...? the funny thing is there are only bushes here. well, there ya go.
After picking up our notary papers for Xiao Hua's birth certificate, abandonment certificate and adoption registration she walked out with us to a large park beside the hotel. It was a beautiful sunny day and Willow would lean her head way back, close her eyes and soak in the sunshine. She thoroughly enjoyed being outside in the
fresh air. ;o) As we strolled along we noticed a small flock of white birds - pigeons and Daphne pointed to them and said with a chuckle "Bai Niao" (White Bird). lol We then meandered around the paths over several little bridges. People were sitting on park benches talking or snoozing. Some ate lunch, others picked their nose. On one particular path there were beautiful banyan trees, their long roots providing ample shade to a quaint area with a gazebo.... a lake with a small distressed boat spoke of pleasant rides it had once given, a rock water fall to our left beckoned us to the other side where a man was enjoying a meal of rice noddles and another man to the right of us had his pants down and was doing his business for all to see. I guess he didn't see the emergency toilet sign. Aside from this ;o) it was a very pleasant stroll in the park.
Well, my little ball of activity is up... gotta run..literally. I get Willow's passport today and we will be flying to Guangzhou tomm. I am ready to go home...
on the move...
she's very quick
full of mischief...