Today we had a relaxed (as in, no necessary appointments) day. Breakfast in the hotel, then we started walking to the White Swan Hotel where we were supposed to meet up with two other families for some sightseeing. Their guide is friends with our guide, and graciously invited me along because in both of these other families, the parent is traveling alone, and one of them just adopted a 13 year old girl.
Unfortunately, Johanna's joyful disposition started to change as she saw where we were headed. We ran into our guide on the street, and Johanna immediately asked her, "Where are we going?" When she found out we were getting on the bus again, she stopped walking and shook her head NO. Poor thing, she was SO sick in the bus yesterday, she definitely didn't want to experience that feeling again! I had already given her some medicine, though, so the guide talked her into going with me. She was VERY somber for a while. I don't think she was mad at me, so much as just not wanting to feel sick.
Praise the LORD----the medicine helped! I'm hoping this will encourage Johanna to trust Mommy a little.
Life is not all roses and such....Gabbey is having a difficult time here. I'm not sure exactly what she's feeling, but my usually happy-little-girl has turned into fussy-if-I'm-not-sitting-on-Mommy's-lap-and-sometimes-even-then-girl. I'm trying to be understanding, since we've hardly gone anywhere far or different since we brought her home, and it's very possible she's worried I'm going to leave her here. At the same time, I'm a little frustrated. The only place she's truly happy is the hotel room, and we can't spend all day cooped up in one room. Please pray for me to be extra-patient, and for Gabbey to be a little less fussy. :)
First stop on our sightseeing tour was to the location of the opening ceremony for the Asian Games (held here last year), and the world's tallest TV tower. I personally think the tower would have been more attractive had it not been 3,000 degrees out with 150 % humidity. (You didn't know it got that hot in China, did you? lol)
Next stop was the memorial for some guy. I can't remember his name, because, well, I think the heat and fussy baby zapped all my brain cells. The building and grounds WERE very neat, and the man was the one who is known as the founding father of China. He overthrew the last dynasty in 1911. Funny how I can remember all of that, but not his name....hmmm....
After naps we went to dinner with the other "solo" travelers, then walked the island a bit, talked to another family who just adopted a 3 year old boy (they're across the hall from us in our hotel), and headed back to our room.
All in all, a good day. I bathed both girls tonight, tucked them in, and have now blogged until I'm good and sleepy!
Tomorrow's agenda: Johanna's 14th BIRTHDAY, trip to the orphanage, dinner, presents, cake, and lots of good memories.
I'm attempting to get updates on 7 children while I'm at Zhongshan Children's Welfare Institute. Please pray that they let me as it means SO much to the families waiting to bring their children home!