Today was a busy day visiting Shamian Island and shopping the wholesale jade and pearl markets. Experiencing praise and worship songs in a Chinese church was really special. Browsing the island and buying squeaky shoes for the grand kids was fun, and a local shop keeper who speaks some English saw us and hollered, " You're back!" Dan's negotiating skills must have left a lasting impression.
William is showing signs of bonding as he is very cautious and concerned about holding our hands while we were out in public. He is relaxing more every day, eating more, laughing more, and growing more mischievous. He will turn six just after we return home, and Ivy is seven, but he seems to act like he thinks he's older than her. Ivy just goes along with it for the most part. It is obvious that he has had more experiences than she did while in the orphanage. The highlight today was when Will had to sit on my lap in the cab, and he enjoyed his first back scratch. Typically he pushes me away if I touch very much, but the back scratch must have been to good to resist.
Tomorrow will be our Safari Zoo trip including Pandas! We are getting homesick, some of us for the dogs, all of us for family, most us for Chipotle, and I must add, homesick for less population, less pushing and shoving, clean streets, and the absence of cigarette smoke! We have so very much to be thankful for.
"It is not about God making my dreams come true but about God changing my dreams into His plans for my life." Katie Davis