Thursday, June 22, 2006

Last Full Day in Changsha

Today was our last full day here and tomorrow we return to Beijing. Last night, Olivia had such a good sleep and subsequently, so did we. She was full of life this morning and eager to share more of herself with us. We are learning so much more about her everyday and she amazes us with her beautiful smiles. After breakfast, we went to tour the oldest university in China and it was a very peacefull and serene place. I could just imagine the ancient master scholars giving lectures in the outdoor lecture halls. Many of the walls are filled with ancient inscriptions and we also got to see what was Chairman Mao's bedroom when he was studying there. Lots of people came up to us to admire our daughter and when I showed them the card that says "This is our adopted daughter" in Chinese, we got huge smiles and big thumbs up. Everyone is so warm and kind and they sure do love babies. It does my heart good to know that the Chinese people have faith in us that we will give Olivia a better life than she might otherwise have. This afternoon was nap and shopping at the local department store. We've had to buy some new outfits for the little miss as almost everything we brought was too big. She is just fitting into mostly 6 month clothing and some 3-6 month stuff. She loves the stroller as long as it keeps moving - this one doesn't like to stay still for very long.

We took some great photos at the University today, but the digital card in our camera may have gone belly up as I can't seem to get to the photos on it. I'll share some of those photos if and when I can get to them, but in the meantime, here's some other photo's from the last 3 days that we thought were worth sharing. One photo is the ferris wheel across from our hotel. Each car on it holds 4-6 people standing up, so you can imagine how big the whole thing is. The others are a few more from the day our world changed. Ron and Olivia are both sleeping and I'm learning quickly that it's best to try to sleep when she does, so I'm off to bed.


Anonymous Lorraine - Saskatoon said...

She looks so peaceful in your arms She is so tiny:))

6/22/2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn and Dale said...

What a cutie pie!!

Your family is so beautiful together!!

6/22/2006 5:33 PM  
Blogger Kennedy's mom said...

You all look so happy! I've followed your story for so long while you've waited...waited and waited. So nice to see you finally united. Congratulations and best wishes on you journey.
Carolyn and Marvin Clow, PEI Canada

6/22/2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

You are a smart woman Val, I still live by the mantra of resting when Deanna is resting, it is what keeps me going some days. She looks beautiful, especially in the arms of her Mom and Dad. We are so looking forward to when you are ready for a playdate.


6/23/2006 11:06 PM  

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