A busy day

6.21.2013

First off, I want to apologize for the delay in posting.  I have not been feeling well and can't seem to keep anything down these last 24 hours.  So this post will be brief.

We headed to the Jinci Temple in the morning.  The weather was extremely cool.  I think the high was only 72 degrees.  Thankfully I had leggings and a sweater for Havi.  It took about 40 minutes to arrive at the temple.  This is how Patrick looked throughout the morning, wearing two backpacks.
That's because we both wanted me to wear Havi in the carrier for bonding.  Taking photos while wearing a baby is a bit of a challenge.  So I didn't capture too many photos.
The temple is over 1,000 years old.  There were cypress trees that were 3,000 and 1,500 years old too.  Pretty impressive.
Caleb and Madeline had fun playing chase with Paul, who is five and a half and was adopted by Katie in our small provincial travel group.




It looks like Madeline is sitting on a tortoise, but it's really one of the dragon's sons.

Notice the photo bombers above?  Honestly there was nothing interesting behind me. lol.  The intended shot is below.
Caleb did stop to take photos. I can't wait to download them all when we return home.
There was a bell outside one of the buildings.  It reminded Caleb and me of the bell in the Meindert de Jong book, The Wheel on the School, although much smaller.

Once we exited, everybody wants to sell you something.
In the afternoon, we drove over to the orphanage to meet Havi's foster family.  Patrick went first.  This is her foster mom, foster brother, and his wife, just as I suspected from her cake party photos.

Havi fell asleep in Patrick's arms as I took my turn to meet the family.  It was very emotional.  Her foster mom and I both cried as soon as we saw each other.  And we held our hands tightly as we talked.

We took a very brief walk around the orphanage.  They have two therapy rooms.  This was one of them.  
It was very sad to see.  Infants up to preschoolers just laying in their beds....all quiet.
Then we drove over to the area when Havi was found.  The exact location wasn't identified in her finding ad.  But these are the streets that are mentioned.  There is a children's hospital down one of the streets.  So her birth mom most likely thought this would be a safe place to leave her. It was raining out.   So it was a bit difficult to take photos.




Well, we are just about ready to head to the airport for our flight to Guangzhou.  Our girl has really been a bit boisterous this afternoon.  So I'm sure this flight will be anything but quiet. lol  Tomorrow morning we will head to her medical exam.  We're looking forward to being in Guangzhou and getting some laundry done! 

9 sweet words:

Nancy Friday, June 21, 2013  

I hope you were able to find some plain ol' crackers and feeling better by the time the flight come.
And a man that will carry 2 backpacks so you can carry the baby... So hot!
nancy

Melissa Friday, June 21, 2013  

Hope you are feeling better. How sweet to be able to meet Havi's foster family.

Syndi Friday, June 21, 2013  

Prayers that you are feeling better soon!

Kim Saturday, June 22, 2013  

Hope you feel better Eva! Heading to bed and praying for you right now!

likeschocolate Saturday, June 22, 2013  

So sorry you arent feeling well! I will pray that you will recover quickly and that all will go well the rest of your journey.

jess Saturday, June 22, 2013  

I have loved reading your blog! Such a great trip you are having! I'm so glad you got to meet her foster family and see the orphanage. We asked several times for both, but we were told we couldn't :( that meeting, pictures and time with her I am sure will be a treasure!

jess Saturday, June 22, 2013  

I have loved reading your blog! Such a great trip you are having! I'm so glad you got to meet her foster family and see the orphanage. We asked several times for both, but we were told we couldn't :( that meeting, pictures and time with her I am sure will be a treasure!

Erin Saturday, June 22, 2013  

Such beautiful photos of your trip, they will be so precious to have! Hope you feel better and your flight was an easy one!

Aunt Ali Monday, June 24, 2013  

Your "technology challenged" Auntie just figured out how to comment! We were worried about your being sick in China...pretty scarey. Uncle Bob and I are LOVING reading your blog and so enjoying your fantastic photos! Love, a.a.

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This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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