Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thursday--Back in Guangzhou




We had an uneventful train ride through the night and are back in Guangzhou. We are staying in a hotel just across the river from the White Swan. We waited in our room this morning while Connie was at our consulate appointment. She called at 11:15 to let us know that there were no questions, and that our paperwork passed. That was good news.

It is weird walking around Shaiman Island---almost no adopters around. Plenty of business types, though. Lunch was at Lucy's, again, no adopters. It is a place that is usually full of babies with new families. While Richard and MinMin took the metro across town to buy train tickets for tomorrow night to Beijing, I took Shelli's and others' advise and sat in Starbucks with my Carmel Frap. And yes, Shelli, it was a nice, quiet, restful place. I'm glad I went. I look forward to being home and having the coffee pot going all morning!

Tomorrow we'll check out of the hotel at noon, and haul our luggage across to the island. At 2:30 we take a bus over to the US consulate to pick up MinMin's visa. From there it is just a short trip over to the train station, where we board the train for the trip north.

6 comments:

M Morris said...

Starla,
I'm glad to hear that things are getting a bit better! We've been praying up a storm for you here in MO!
Mary -
(CCAO)
www.oneblessedfamily.com

Robin said...

Sounds like things are going quite well. I see MinMin looks happy with her electronics. Can't wait until you get home! Travel safe. Love you!

Anonymous said...

I wonder why there's not many adopting families on the island?
Mary

Journey2LilyRose said...

Starla,

So glad that things are better for MinMin. I hope that once she is home with her new family that she will see how loved she really is.

Have a safe trip home and please let us know how things are once you are home. Looking forward to some awesome pictures of MinMin meeting her family for the first time.

Lisa (AH)

Anonymous said...

We have been praying and following your journey for MinMin. Through the good times and not so good times. Believe it or not, you are making such progress with her. It will take time. Just as it did with our daughter (from Jiangxi). (and son from Szechuan)

We pray for a safe journey! Be safe and we look forward to more good news once you are home!

You guys are awesome!

Kristen & Roy
http://mattherewecome.blogspot.com

kpollinger said...

Wow - how strange to not see other families on the island. That makes me sad - that was such an amazing experience for us, to be around other families like ours in such numbers. I guess more people are staying near the consulate?

You must be getting very excited to be coming home.