Good afternoon from Guangzhou China. Lyssie and I settled in last night at around 8 p.m. into our hotel. Selina has stated correctly that it has been a very challenging week. This has been such an emotional trip for me and even more so for Lyssie. But as I have told Selina, just when I start to get frustrated by an event that is happening, my God is faithful to remind me that my steps are ordered by Him. He has been so faithful in this journey and has encouraged me through His word and through His leading me.
This morning we went to the doctors office to get Lyssie checked out. They were very impressed by her health and demeanor. What they couldn't find wrong was a broken heart. There is no magic potion or medicine that will heal this. Love and time are the only remedy for this wound.
After visiting the doctor I told my guide Helen (who is super) to go spend time with her family today. I really wanted and want to have some time alone with Lyssie. It is really the first day I have had alone with her. We walked the streets of the island that I am staying on and held hands and walked into the shops. She was very happy with a sucker in one hand and holding daddy's hand with the other. Although, I am sure the sucker hand brought her more joy. :)
After we walked around for awhile we went to lunch at the all famous Lucy's. Lyssie has been her "normal" post adoption self, very quiet and reserved. The White Swan Hotel closed yesterday for the next year so then can renovate it. It is definitely noticeable. It is much quieter. I met some very nice people and they all asked about my story and I asked about theirs as well. It is very unusual for a daddy to come by himself. Then all of a sudden, something happened during lunch. For the first time since I have had Lyssie she smiled and laughed at me.(and no, I didn't have food stuck to my face) I saw, for the first time since the second Gotchya day...cough cough... her real personality. WOW!!! She giggled and played and ate. She gave me a big hug and a kiss. It was a LIGHT BULB moment. Praise the Lord for His goodness. He encourages us at just the time we need it.
We walked half way back to the room and stopped. She was getting tired and wanted me to carry her. I put her on my shoulders for the rest of the way to the hotel.