Sunday, October 14, 2007
After a late computer night, MinMin slept in this morning. In the meantime, Richard and I worked out plans for what we would do this week. First, we decided that we would stay here in Guilin, and only travel to Yongshuo for a day trip. Next we decided to find a nicer hotel here. Richard went out early, and checked out a few hotels nearby, and found one just one block down the street. Once MinMin was up, we went ahead and checked out and moved. The new hotel is much nicer, and worth the change.
Next we headed up town to where we saw a church yesterday. We arrived around 11:00, and were able to buy MinMin an English/Mandarin Bible, as well as an English/Mandarin childrens picture Bible. We then joined in the worship service, and stayed for about 1/2 hour, though of course, we didn't understand anything. It was a large church, with around 250-300 people downstairs and who knows how many upstairs. We thought that it was inportant for her to see that people in her own country go to church so that she won't find it so strange when we go to church at home.
Next we wandered around town for a bit checking out deals. At one busy intersection we went down under the street through a pedestrian crossing, and somehow took a wrong stairs up, and ended up walking down the wrong street. No problem, we found a nice store that sold duvet covers, pillowcases and sheets, and we got one for the down comfortor that we bought here on our last trip.
Next stop was Pizza Hut. We do enjoy the Chinese food and noodles, but once in awhile you just need something good from home!
We have been back at the hotel for the afternoon. I had a long nap, which was very nice. For the last hour or so Richard and MinMin have been looking at pictures on the computer. She has seen lots of pictures of our other trips to China, of Taylor and LiAnne younger, of all of our other kids. She sees pictures on the computer, then looks up the sibling in the book of pictures that I brought to compare them. She really seemed to enjoy seeing the pictures. She seemed to like seeing pictures of Belle, our chihuahua, and kept looking at her. I hope she won't be as afraid of dogs as Taylor was.
She just went in to take a shower. She must have always taken showers in the early evening, because that is what she wants to do here. It was pretty funny getting the shower going today. It is a fancy one, with all kinds of jets, and it took me a while to just get the regular shower going, rather than water coming out of 5 different places. She was laughing at me as I tried to figure it out. When she was getting clothes out to change into I told Richard to try to get her to put on something new. She kept turning down the other clothes, now saying it is too cold for them. Actually, it is quite a bit cooler here in Guilin. She did seem to say that she would wear them another day. I figured that she would listen to Richard about changing more than to me at this point. We will definately have to buy jackets to wear in Beijing. I didn't think to pack anything for cooler weather, just thinking of the heat and humidity of Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
We are still waiting to hear from the foster mom. Connie said that she tried to call her last night, but didn't get an answer, so she will try again tonight.