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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our Last 2 days in China

This will probably be my last post in China. Yesterday we had our Consulate appointment and then went to Shemain Island. It was so much fun and I wish we could have stayed longer and Ethan wishes he would've have spent less money. It was fun picking out a few little things for each of the kiddos. It just means we are one step closer to going home. We then ate at the famous Lucy's restaurant. It was fun and we have loved getting to know the other couple from our Agency.  
Joel in traditional Chinese clothing

Having tea at the Chen Family Academy

(The only really awkward moment we had in China.  These older couples approached us talking noticing our babies.  Then they discussed Joel.  The only reason I knew is they pointed at him and made a gesture to his face. Our guide was on the phone working on our paperwork so I have zero clue what they were saying.  Did they think Joel was extra cute or did they notice that his coloring is a little off and suspected him to be a sick baby? I don't know but the other mom and I just smiled nicely.)

We then headed back to the hotel and I have to admit that my stomach was a little queezy the rest of the evening. We took a late nap and then got up and went for a walk around the mall and the surrounding area. We let Joel play pretty late and he is a smart cookie. He has started mimicking almost anything we do. He is also taking better to Ethan. He is figuring out that E will play rougher than me and let him get away with a few more things. E did a little work and then we headed to bed.

Today we slept late and lazily rolled out of bed at 6:30. Down for breakfast then we skyped with the kids. Today was July 3rd in China so we went on and sang happy birthday to Korinna. I have to think she enjoyed it though she was acting like she was too cool for all of this nonsense. After we skyped we took a nap. Yep a nap at 9:00 am and we slept til 11:30. It was kinda funny but since we are headed back tomorrow, we figured it was okay to start getting ready to get back on Central time.
(being lazy and snacking in bed)

(And this is just the begining of our packing. I know, we can really trash a hotel room.)

(Yummy, Ruben at Patty Fields)

Since we slept so late we decided to just piddle and start packing. We went for a walk and then ate at Patty Fields, an Irish Pub. Who would have guessed that you could get one of the best Ruben Sandwhiches half way across the world. By the end of lunch Joel was DONE. He is at that age where long leisurely lunches where he has to sit in a high chair or in your lap is not really fun for him. He is ready to get down and walk around or crawl- just something besides sitting. So we headed back to the hotel. It was time for his meds anyway. We played the rest of the day in the floor of the hotel room. We played so hard that at one point I looked down and he was leaning on my lap munching on a cookie and then literally 2 minutes later he was asleep. Sweet baby boy. So we are back to packing and getting ready to leave. We will leave at 5:30 in the morning (4:30 July 3rd Central standard time) and take a private van to Hong Kong. We will board a plane to Detroit 10:30 (9:30 CST) for the 15 hour flight. Once in Detroit we will board our last flight to Birmingham. We would appreciate your prayers during this time and we look forward to seeing you State Side.


  1. Hi Kara. We don't know each other, but I saw the picture that Stephanie posted and I immediately felt led to learn more about your story. I've spent the afternoon reading your blog and I'm so moved by your willingness to follow God's calling and your love for your new son. I look forward to reading more about your journey. Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Just gorgeous congratulations! We leave the 17th of July to get our daughter!!
    We can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Did you fly out of Hong Kong? If so how did you get from Guangzhou to Hong Kong?
    Thank you so much!
    Bless you and your sweet family!!!

  3. Avery thanks for reading our main goal is to be obedient to God and bring Him all the Glory. Ngugino, We did fly out of Hong Kong and we took a private van from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. Our guide put all of that together. We didn't think we would like doing it that way but it was really easy and would do it that way again.