Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Praise God for Third Days!!!!!!!

And for friends that pray hard!!! Today was sooooo much better than yesterday!!!! No meltdowns!!!!!

She woke up easier this morning and we didn't have to play our new game "Pass the Baby" for long before she was happy. We headed down to breakfast and from there to the Pearl of seventy plus natural springs in Jinan. It was beautiful!!!! There are tons of Koi in the ponds that the springs form but KayLi wasn;t very interested. She was very happy just to walk around the park and try and make new friends.

This little girls grandma was trying to teach her granddaughter that KayLi was more than just a friend though. She keep telling her that KayLi was her Mei Mei (little sister). She was well intended but it basically just confused KayLi. She's already been told once this week that totally strangers are her family and you could tell she just didn't get it.

A little further into the park we found the source of the spring and it was so pretty!

Emily climbed to the top of these really neat rocks with steps carved into them.

But KayLi just wanted to continue wandering around to her hearts content...with her daddy follow close behind her. We tried to take a couple pictures in front of this pagoda but she wouldn't stand still!

Emily wasn't feeling well so we decided to head back to our hotel room and have some ramen noodles that we picked up at the store for lunch. KayLi LOVES noodles!!!!! And it freaked us out that the ramen came with a folded plastic fork in side.

I can't tell you how relieved I was when we tried to get KayLi to take a nap and it happened with only a minimum amount of whining. She messes with her ears so much when she lays down that we have started giving her children's Tylenol before she sleeps.

After her nap we just kicked it in our room for the rest of the afternoon. I think the mellow chill time was good for our bonding. We played with coloring books and KayLi thought it was soooo funny to put the stickers on her forehead.

Emily just thought it was pretty funny to watch Kung Fu Panda on the laptop in China.

Thank you all soooo much for your prayers and sweet comments. It has meant so much to know that yo all are lifting us up as we adjust to one another and all the changes. I can't believe how much easier today was! She is sooooooo sweet and girly!!!! She loves her hair bows! We can hardly get the dress up beads off of her. Each time we take out a new outfit or pair of pajamas she gets so excited. She loves it when Allie puts Germ x on her it's pretty lotion or something? I wish I had brought some pink nail polish...somehow I think she will love it too! Oh and for those of you that have asked, she's wearing the 3T clothes perfectly and her shoes fit!

Praise God for what he is doing in the precious child's life! It is amazing to see her enjoying our attention and love. Yesterday had it's ups and downs but like a couple of you came in the morning!


Sundai said...

Oh gosh, it makes my heart smile to see your post today!!!!! We love you guys (family of 5!!!)!!!

Carla said...

Glad she is doing better and better. Day 3 was when we saw our turn around in Charlotte and it just got better and better from there. We are praying for you. Emily seems like an amazing big sister!

Sharon said...

So glad things are going better. Every day they trust just a little bit more. LOVE the hair bows!

Jacob and Carrie said...

I'm so glad things are coming together so well. And, don't worry about her calling the other children meimei or jeijei. She probably called the children in her orphanage things like that... I've never been to an orphanage where they don't do that.

In China, it's considered polite to refer to other people in familial ways. I call many women "ayi" (aunt) and men "shu shu" (uncle). Especially for little kids, it's a little rude not to use these kind of familial terms. Little kids are always told to refer to their friends as didi (if younger boy/brother), gege (older boy/brother), meimei (younger sister), and jiejie (older sister). You'll really bless the hearts of Chinese you meet if you encourage her to say "Ni hao ayi" or "Ni hao shushu."

If we have kids in China, they'll call their little friends meimei, etc. and adults by the appropriate terms. Oh, and if they're old, they would be nainai (grandma) and yeye (grandpa).

Stephanie, Stephen, Shaelyn and Selena said...

OK, I am absolutely floored by your last two posts! I am tearing up... What wonderful postings - thank you from the bottom of my heart for posting these. We will have travel dates by the end of the week to come to bring our little Selena Zhi Ai home from Jining. This is a glimpse into our future. I wish you not just congratulations but a wonderful future with your family. Enjoy your time in China! It is a time you will remember forever I am sure!

Stephanie (Canada)

Melissa said...

I am so happy that you had a better day - I knew that you would! I also hope Emily is feeling better! Tell her my husband thought it was pretty funny to watch Kung Fu Panda too while he was in China!! That quiet time in the hotel for bonding sounding wonderful! What a beautiful place you are visiting - wow!!!Can't wait to see more beautiful pictures of KayLi and everyone!!! Still praying hard for you all!!!

Kristi said...

Yay! So glad that things were better for you on this day! What beautiful sights you are seeing, this is an area of China that I haven't seen often on blogs...
So fun that she's ultra girly right now. Time brushing hair and painting nails is so good for bonding!