Precious itty bitty dumpling was up at 5:00am this morning.  Patrick and I both got to spend some time with her before her brother and sister woke up.  We had to be up early and ready to meet our guide Mary at 8:30am.  Breakfast went the same as yesterday.  Havi went searching for her foster mom.  She actually walked Patrick right out the front of the hotel!  She did have more to eat.  So that was a plus.

We had an hour and a half drive to the ancient city of Pingyao, which is over 600 years old.  Havi fell asleep about 30 minutes into the drive...standing straight up and looking out the window.  If you haven't traveled in China with little ones, don't be alarmed at that previous statement. There are no child restraint seats here, unless you count the arms of an adult.

Anyway, we finally made it, and the very blatant staring began.  Patrick wore Havi in the carrier so I could be free to take photos.
We walked up to the top of the city wall.  There are 6 gates to the city, resembling a tortoise: one in the north, one in the south, and two in both the east and the west walls.  The tortoise symbolizes longevity.

The bigger dumplings had fun looking outside the city walls.

Then we walked along the city streets.  Notice the staring as Patrick fed Havi snacks and water.  Admittedly, they probably don't see many men carrying babies.  Still, we garnered a lot of attention. She did great in the carrier, by the way.  We walked along one street that used to have 22 banks.  Our guide Mary called it the ancient Chinese version of Wall Street.
Inside one of the bank courtyards, Madeline thought it was time for a photo shoot.

There are no cars along most of the streets in Pingyao.  Motorized bikes are a very popular mode of transportation here and all of China, for that matter.

Lanterns line the streets and are very pretty when lit up at night.

As we were heading out, I spotted a few Chinese children out on the street.

It was a lovely trip.  On the way back, Havi was very loud and animated.  She was such a hoot.  We arrived back at the hotel around 2:30pm.  Surprise surprise, Patrick headed out to grab lunch for all of us while we hung out in the room.  Poor poor baby girl grieved hard again, reaching at the door for her foster mom.  Then she was tapping at the window again and actually fell asleep with her hand still clinging to it.  She napped for about an hour, and when she woke up, she was so very sad.  After holding her and rocking her for about an hour, the sobbing began again.  She stopped crying when Caleb played Andrea Bocelli on his iPhone.  Then she started eating and perked right up.

Now this might be too much information for most of ya'll, but if you're a part of the adoption community, you'll understand my excitement when I tell you this next bit of news.  I have to stop and give props to my little girl (and mama too) because this newly adopted, grieving 18 month old actually did her business in the potty twice today!!!  I'm serious people.  I'm so proud of her.  How did she do it you might ask?  I held her like the Chinese people do, behind their kids' knees...but over a western potty.  Yep.  She's pretty awesome.

Well, the night ended with lots of noodles, hot and cold, bubbles, lollipops, and smiles.  She went to bed like a champ too, climbed right into our bed and laid down with us and fell asleep.

Tomorrow is a big day.  We will head to either the Jinci Temple (if the weather cooperates) or a museum (if it doesn't) in the morning and then to the orphanage and Havi's finding spot in the afternoon.  We will also have an opportunity to meet with the foster family.  We haven't decided yet which one of us will go and who will stay back with Havi.  It's so obvious their love for her.  She was so well taken care of.  She is constantly feeding us and sharing her food with us and smiles and laughs easily.  She is such a joy.  We are so very much in love with her and are so grateful for all the love her foster family showed her for the first 18 months of her life.

6 sweet words:

the meaklims Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

The photos are so beautiful! I just love China! And that is a fabulous family photo... just beautiful.

Good news on the potty business, she is awesome! At just 18 months, WOW! Tomorrow is going to be a big emotional filled day... meeting the ones that loved and cared for her until now, my prayers are with you.


Nancy Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

The town looks amazing and thank you so much for sharing it with us!!! And the weather looks perfect!
The smiles and interaction is a good sign amidst all the greif. And SO happy you are meeting with her foster family! What a blessing!

Mom2Six Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

Lovin' the update! Even if all the pictures won't load for me. Continuing to pray. How is Madeline adjusting to Havi being in the picture?

Cheri Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

I love the pictures. The city is just beautiful as well as your new daughter. I'm loving following along although I'm a bit jealous.

Fliss and Mike Adventures Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

I have had a blast following the travels and how Maddie and Caleb are troopers - what adventures... Can't wait until the next update. Take care...

Deb Wednesday, June 19, 2013  

I love how you have captured this city. Your three dumplings are just beautiful. Praying for your time with her foster family. Hugs to you all!


About This Blog

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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