Posting from Hong Kong with pictures from our last 2 days in China. . .
|On our way to the US Consulate on Tuesday for the swearing in ceremony.|
|Our official adoption certificate from China|
|This time it's only Mama with Leiney Grace. Normally we have David with us so this looks a bit strange to me.|
|Visiting with Nikki, our friend and guide from our time with Lilly back in 2007.|
|In 2010 when we were adopting Hudson, we ate with Nikki at a Chinese restaurant on Shaiman Island. This time we all agreed upon Lucy's - American food! Leiney Grace still chose a Chinese dish of chicken, veggies, and noodles. It was very tasty as she and I ate the leftovers for lunch today in our hotel room. We enjoyed our short visit with Nikki. She and Leiney Grace had some lengthy conversations which I recorded. Leiney Grace shared alot about her life in the orphanage. It was all very sad to hear, but I do think it was therapeutic for Leiney Grace. I am even more amazed at her precious spirit after learning about the environment in which she has lived for 5 and a half years. I will share more in a future post. It is her story though not mine so I will be careful in what I share.|
Today - our last day in China. . . last minute shopping and packing!
|Leiney Grace's pictures!|
|Strolling around the island this morning grabbing a few more gifts for my kiddos back home.|
|Leftovers for lunch as Mom and Aunt Lulu were frantically packing!|
|Elvin talking to Leiney Grace before we boarded the train for Hong Kong - explaining what was going to happen and to be a good girl for her Mama! Elvin thanked me for giving "the child" a home and a family. His last words were "God bless you!"|
|We rode the train to Hong Kong with 3 American families - 2 of whom we knew well from our stay at the Victory hotel these last few days. Here are Heather, Mei Mei, and Corine who are headed to Hong Kong Disney and then home to Maryland.|