Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 3 with Jia

Today we got to sleep in... a little bit! We met our other family at 10 and went to have Jia's photo taken for her Visa. She was such a big girl and it only took one shot! Then we went for her medical exam. There were 3 different rooms, one for Height Weight and Temperature, One for ENT, and one called medical/surgical where they reviewed her info from the orphanage and checked her over.
I really think she would have done just fine through all of this, except that at each office they felt they shoudl take her from me and put her on the scales or the bed... She screamed and clutched on each time! She really does not like strangers at all.
Then we come back to our hotel and rested... we did not nap, but we did rest! We decided to go out about 1:30 and do some shopping before meeting our group at 3 again. We bought Jia a beautiful Navy blue traditional chinese dress and navy shoes to match. We also bought her this rattle/shakey thing that goes on her wrist. So now she's trying to organize that, her phone and her purple lamb all in her 2 hands! We finally got her to put it on her wrist and that was fine. We walked up and down our hotel hall for a bit tonight and she sounded like Santa Clause coming!
At 3 we went back into Guangzhou to the police station and picked up her Chinese identification... sorta like our passport. Then back for a bath and Papa Johns pizza!
It's now only 8 PM and we are all sooooo ready for bed! We're leaving at 8AM and driving about 3 1/2 hours to Maoming where Jia is from. We do not get to visit the orphanage, but we can see it and just see where she was born.
Friday, I believe our guide has us scheduled to take a tour of the city that morning, then have lunch in her home. I don't know what is beyond that, but we're staying too busy to miss home for sure. That's good I guess!
Well, we have a very early day tomorrow and a very long one too so that's all for today! Enjoy the pictures and keep us in your prayers!


The Tucker Troops said...

Oh Joy, She is beautiful. I'm checking in when I can and praying for all of you as you continue on your journey. Be safe. God Bless! Beth and The Troops

Alexis said...

Joy - She's beautiful! So petite. I can't wait until you have her home.

Renea Lynch said...

so happy for you both! Can't wait to meet Jia someday soon! I can't imagine all the emotion and confusion in your lives right now, and Jia's. Know that our family is praying for you! Praying for strength, peace and happiness with your new family beyond measure! I bet the boys are about to burst waiting for your return!

Becky said...

I've been following your blog (I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it), but I never realized that Jia is from Maoming!! My daughter, Regan, was born in Maoming at the MaoNan SWI. I can't wait to see pictures of Maoming again, I hope you post some!!! Enjoy your trip, it is a beautiful drive, but the roads are bumpy!!

SamanthaR said...

Jia is such a beautiful little girl! I'm glad that your guide is keeping you busy, we were in GZ the whole time for our second daughter and it seemed like we had WAY to much free time (You know you have been shopping too long when you have to buy 2 suitcases and the clerks are all stopping you and calling you by name!)
Samantha in MN

Nikki said...

She is just adorable! I'm loving following along with your excellent blog. She is doing just perfectly, almost textbook, and I'm so glad you guys are just letting it happen naturally. Take care and keep up the great work!
Nikki D.