Hello from Guangzhou, Sunday 6-11 at 4:55 pm. Sorry if I ramble, it is so
hard to have good flow when you have so much to tell...
Our little angel was placed in our arms on Weds 6-7, early evening and has
done so well since the moment we first met. She was a momma's girl within
the first hour and I can barely take a shower still w/o her crying....she is
really warming up to daddy the last day or so, though. She has the cry of
an infant. To say that she is a precious, beautiful angel is an
understatement. We knew those lips from across the room as they carried her
in, she looks just like her referral photo although she has more hair now
and her face seems thinner. She has gorgeous dimples when she smiles, at
least 12 teeth and is cutting more as I type this. At 16 mos she wears 12
mos clothing (thanks Lois!) yet she has very long legs. She is walking
pretty well but it still a bit shaky. Today, we saw the orphanage director
again while doing some paperwork. Elizabeth went to her but quickly
preferred to go back to mommy!! (She was the director's "favorite" and got
lots of attention but now she loves to be with her mommy and daddy!!)
The adoption was final on Friday, 6-9, as we went and had our family photo
taken, signed some paperwork and then promised to the official that we would
never harm or abandon her. They "pronounced us" the legal parents of Mao
Xiao Chai and I of course cried my eyes out! The trip to the office (I
forget what it was called) was a wild one. We had to rush via a small taxi,
there was a downpour and we all got soaked! It was a wonderful morning!
The weather here is quite humid. We tend to do our sight seeing in the
mornings and spend the afternoons in the hotel room with Elizabeth (Xiao
Chai still for now). She does something new by the hour...she now has the
full run of our room; however, mommy must be within 5 feet or so. She has
also been up the last two nights wanting to eat and be held and then will
only sleep if she is nuzzled up with mom. How quickly she has learned that
we will jump when she cries!
We go for the medical exam Monday, the anxiety producing consulate appt
Tuesday, pick up the Visa Weds and leave for home early morning Thursday.
Donnie has had to give me more than one pep talk because I miss Emma so much
that I think my heart will break! When I get that child in my arms again, I
may never let go! We have loved our stay in China but really look forward
to seeing Emma and Elizabeth together!
There is so much to tell. The train ride to Maoming was the greatest
experience! It was 5 1/2 hours one way and the ONLY real way to see the
contryside of China. The trip back was with Elizabeth and what a wonderful
experience! Everyone commented on how beautiful she is and enjoyed hearing
about our adoption story. Maoming is a wonderful city, much larger than we
thought it would be. The welfare insitute is beautiful. As we left from
our visit, her caregivers were waving good-bye from a third floor balcony,
she was really loved by everyone and it was a very emotional moment, we took
pictures and videos of them.
Today, we were in a small little shop area where they were selling fruits.
A "grandma" walked up and indicated that it was too hot for Elizabeth to
have socks on, I took one off and she took off the other!! So much for the
clothing police fussing over too FEW clothes! Then she patted my face, then
Elizabeth's, and gave us the "thumbs up" sign.
We visited a budhhist temple today and received a blessing for Elizabeth, it
was quite moving.
We tried to have lunch today at a local Chinese restaurant. We selected
what we wanted but then the food never came. We finally figured out that we
were supposed to pay BEFORE we ate?! We are still not sure. I took Little E
back to the room and Donnie and Don finally left...looking forward to dinner
tonight, we are quite hungry!
Well, there is much more to tell, but I need to get back to my girl...she
will be very unhappy to wake up from her nap and not have mom there! :)
This has been quite an emotional, hectic, wonderful trip; one that we will
never forget. Our daughter is a true gift from God and the perfect addition
to our family (did I mention that she is smart, beautiful, loving and
gentle?). How we ended up with the two most beautiful girls ever born I
will never know but am eternally grateful.
We miss you all very much and look forward to being home again.
Love to all,
Don, Ashley, Elizabeth Xiao Chai
and Papa Don