Sunday, October 19, 2014

China Day 1

We said goodbye to big brother at the airport and had an uneventful 15 hour flight to Hong Kong, followed by a 5 hour layover and a flight to Nanjing, Jiangsu, William's province. We don't take uneventful flights for granted after Dan passed a kidney stone on the last trip home from China! 

Jiangsu is a city of 8.5 million people with many large manufacturing companies here. The Holiday Inn is very nice, and is adjacent to a large shopping mall with many American stores.  A great night's sleep made for a nice relaxing Sunday. The breakfast buffet was delicious and more food than you can imagine. Ivy enjoyed her three plates of food and bowl of noodle soup. She especially liked the congee and steamed buns. Pork dumplings were a hit with the rest of us. We ventured out on the streets and walked around the Confucius Temple area where there are a lot of street vendors. Macy is always the one that the Chinese people find most interesting because of her very fair skin. A lady stopped us and asked to take a picture with Macy, telling her how beautiful she is. (we know a few Chinese words) We get a lot of stares and quite a few laughs too, especially when we try and communicate! 

We met four other families today from our agency that will also meet their children tomorrow. We all board the van and 9:30 am and go to the Civil Affairs office for the arrival of our children at 10:00. We are all so excited and nervous to meet William.

"The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

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