Monday, September 28, 2009

Last day

8:40 arro.m. Guangzhou (Tuesday)
I opened my eyes to our last full day in China this morning.  Ah.  As Meiying and I walked the hall to breakfast this a.m. she wanted to be carried again.  Oh boy.  She kept hugging me.  Very baby-toddler like.  I wasn't expecting this, but I had read about it happening some times.  I thought it would happen more once we got home, driven out of insecurity.  Maybe she's insecure now?  I can't tell; it doesn't seem motivated by insecurity, but rather a deep longing.
Anyway, so I was walking, she was being carried and I said (without thinking she'd understand), "This is our last day in China.  Tomorrow we will get on a plane and go home to America."  (I did hand gesture a plane taking off into the sky.)  You know what she did in response, she smiled, hugged me and clapped her hands.  Huh!  Yes, she's miss happy pants still today.  No request for a phone call since Sunday afternoon.
She said, in english, "Good morning Daddy.  How are you today?"  So, we're off to Shamian Island to meet the group and go tour some authentic China markets; collect our children's passports and visas and then I guess just hang out for the remainder of today until we pack our bags tonight.  Wooohoo!


Truly Blessed said...

Hold her tightly, for as long as she'll let you...that's Attachment 101. I'm so glad you've finally reached that stage with her, and so glad that you're finally soon going to be getting on an airplane and going home to your family with your newest member.

God is good. He answers prayers! Yay, God!

Jean said...

Sarah loves to be carried too. She is a little heavy for me 60 lbs. After awhile we had to make the rule - that we would carry her in the home only. It became quite difficult to carry her in the winter months and we decided for her sake she should walk in front of others. (honestly I don't know if we were right in deciding that?)

Sarah wishes that she had been with us when she was a baby. She sees me care for Anna and down deep wishes it was her- my heart aches for these precious girls. They didn't realize what they were missing out on until they got it - parents and a family.

Be sure to continue posting at home! I love following along!

Have a great trip home!
Bless you!!

TanyaLea said...

I honestly think it is so healthy and natural that she is wanting to be held and going through those motions...and I'm so glad to hear that you are giving her what she needs right now. This will subside with time, but treasure these moments because they are priceless and real!

Praying for a safe 'uneventful' trip back home to the States. Happy Travels!! <><

Blessings and Hugs,

Cheryl said...

I remember how we felt when we knew we were COMING HOME! Soft bed, familiar food, family, friends, mass confusion, extreme exhaustion, HOME, HOME, HOME. I know you can't wait!!

Let us know when you're ready for me to bring Hailey over to visit. AND...I'd love to be at the airport, if you agree. Just post when you're arriving and I'm there. If you don't post, I'll call Derrick. If you don't want a lot of people there, tell Derrick to tell me. I'll TOTALLY understand!!

Good luck sweetie!!!! Can't wait to see you!!!

Lots and lots of love, hugs and kisses!!


Elizabeth, David, Katie, &Chloe said...

What a beautiful journey you have had in China. We will pray for your safe trip home.

Truly Blessed said...

Okay, it's 7:36 on Thursday (10/1) - and I am so praying that you are home safely with your entire family surrounding you.

Hope your flights were fun and an adventure for Miss Meiying, and that you were able to sleep on the plane.

So glad you're home!!!