Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Great Wall and The Forbidden City.




Today was lots of fun! We visited The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and Tiannemen Square.
The weather was a bit warmer than we were expecting, and we are heading south tomorrow. We may be purchasing more pairs of shorts! We experienced a few new things today and learned a great deal about Chinese culture. First, Shelby and Katie are a curiosity to the Chinese people. Too many Chinese people to count came up to them and asked to have their pictures made with them. They just smiled and laughed at the girls especially when we spoke a few Chinese words. Then they would start speaking Chinese thinking we really knew the language. I guess our southern accent didn't get in the way! Shelby said now she knows how movie stars feel. Also, we learned that you have to be very assertive to the many street vendors who come up to you trying to sell souviners. We even had one lady follow us to our bus and then stand at the window showing us her items. She didn't budge until the bus started moving!! The Chinese people are very friendly. Tom, our guide who is Chinese with an American name, has been wonderful. The food is pretty good too although it is very different from the Americanized version that we call "Chinese food" back home. We also visited the jade factory and learned quite a bit. We made a few purchases there with one being a ring for my Mother's Day gift. We also got Lilly a rooster pendant to give her when she is older. She was born in the year of the rooster if you are wondering!
We also got to know the other couples in our group. We are all Christians, and we held a prayer meeting in our hotel room tonight. It was very special since we are in China and know that so many Christians here suffer persecution. We praised God for calling each of us to this journey, lifted up our concerns for our adopted children as they begin a new life tomorrow, and asked for wisdom and patience as we try to comfort them during their adjustment.
Tomorrow is David's birthday and "Gotcha Day". Our day begins early as we head to the airport at 7 AM. Our flight leaves at 11:10 and we should arrive in Changsha at 1:35. We will meet Lilly soon after arriving there. Please pray for Lilly and her adjustment and attachment to
us. We are so excited!!! Better try to sleep now. Hope everyone is doing well back home. Thanks for all of your prayers!

5 comments:

Sharon said...

Love the photos! Glad to see that Shelby and Katie are taking it all in stride! Lots of prayers for Lilly tonight.
Happy Birthday, David! What a wonderful gift and blessing you will be receiving!

Hugs to all,
Sharon

AnnaClaire's Jie Jie said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and Happy birthday (tomorrow..or I guess today in China!) to your husband! Looks like you had an absolutely beautiful day in Beijing. Love the pictures! Well, it's 8:30AM in China, so you must be at the airport. Just a few more hours until LILLY!!! SO happy for you all. You are in my prayers. I pray that Lilly's gotcha moment goes smoothly, that she bonds well, that she is healthy, etc. Can't wait to wake up tomorrow and see pictures of her!!!

Sharon said...

Jan,
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! We are about to go to bed but I just had to leave you a little note to let you know that we are praying for all of you tonight. When I put Brinley to bed we prayed that Lilly would have a "happy heart" when she meets her mama, her baba and her jie jies. I think I'll need the Benadryl tonight to help me sleep! LOL I am just so thrilled for all of you!

Hugs,
Sharon

Kendall Salley said...

Hey Y'all.
I have enjoyed seeing the pictures and updates posted, of course Mr. David would be wearing a USC t-shirt, haha. Happy Mothers Day Mrs. Jan, thanks for the "mom" you have been to me. I love you. Happy Birthday Mr. David, what a great birthday present. My mom and I just prayed for you all as you will be getting lilly soon. I miss y'all already. Tell the girls i said hello and that i love them and miss them. Have fun. We are praying for you. I love y'all.
Hugs and Kisses,
Kendall

Rebecca and Danny said...

Exciting to see the entries on the website!! Happy Birthday Monday, David! Praying for all of you and for Lilly as she meets her new family! Happy Mother's Day, Jan...about midnight but wanted to get this in on Mother's Day.
Much love,
Rebecca