[Editor's note: Today marks our one-week anniversary with WanYing! It's hard to believe that we've only been together for 7 days... she already feels so much a part of the family.]
Today we had a quick appointment at the medical clinic to read WanYing's TB test. No reaction so we are clear medically to bring WanYing home. The other people who are traveling with us said their previous daughter who was adopted had failed the TB test and it was a pain to get that cleared and ready to go home. So glad we're not dealing with that.
I'll keep looking for them when little Miss "I'm worried about your safety" isn't around. I'm positive that would have helped me with my stomach ache.
And the people from all the shops we visited said it was hot too. Jamie was on fire. Shopping wise I mean. If the shop keeper is crying when you leave the shop, you know you've bargained well. We've gotten gifts for each of WanYing's upcoming birthdays. Some stuff is really nice. Some stuff is more or less souvenirs. And all of it says "made in China." You know how hard stuff that says that is to find at home.
Jamie bought more squeaky shoes since we can't get enough of our little toddler smiling and squeaking at everyone she sees. I bought a new soft shell jacket that's from North Face. I can tell it's genuine since it says Winostopper on the sleeve (as opposed to the boring old "Windstopper" you can buy at home). Sam bought himself another remote control helicopter since his first one broke already. And Ben keeps spending his money on food. He's found 7-11 to be his best source for snacks like ice cream, Pocky Sticks and panda snacks. He even has his own "Sevvie" gang sign that he displays in jubilation whenever consuming a tasty convenience store treat. [Editor's note: Mommy even got our own treat at the Sevvie today - a demi bottle of "Great Wall" wine purchased for 23 RMB. It was everything you would expect for less than $3.]
After all the shopping excitement, we hung out at the park behind Lucy's Cafe. The park had people of all ages enjoying the sunny day. There were people ball room dancing, playing Mahjong, practicing Tai Chi, and having organized sing alongs. Afterwards, we went to the White Swan hotel to take a picture of our little girls in matching dresses that Mommy purchased for them. It was hard to get a smile on either face, but after Mommy broke out the candies it became much easier.
[Now Jamie is typing]
Today's prayer request:
Today was *so* much better in terms of WanYing's spirit and contentedness. Thanks for your continued prayers for our bonding journey!
Sasha, Ben, and Sam have done such a great job sharing Mom and Dad's attention with a demanding new sister. Please join us in prayer that they will continue to be assured in their hearts and through our words and actions that there will *always* be enough love in our family for all four kids, even when the balance of attention sways from time to time. And even more than any of that, pray that they will be assured that even when our attention or patience falls short they are *perfectly* and eternally loved by the God of the Universe!