|Frosty flew a long way to find us.|
|Baba reading letters from Santa.|
First we headed to a tiny jade store. It was the same jade store that Helen took us to on Emmie's adoption trip. I bought some small jade circle pendants for myself and the girls so we could all match. As an early Christmas present, we decided to get me a jade bangle, something I've thought about getting for awhile now. Connie told me that Chinese women say that if it hurts when you put it on, then it's the right size. Chinese women also never take them off, so they buy the absolute tiniest bangle then can jam on their hand. I tried a few of the larger bangles on but didn't like the way they looked so I decided to try a smaller one that I *could* take off if necessary. The jade dealer put a plastic bag around my hand and wrist and told Connie to tell me to sit down before he tried getting it on my hand. Terrified, I sat down and the owner and his wife jammed it on my hand. I wish I had a video of me squealing as they did it. They promised me I would be able to get it off with copious amounts of lotion.
Hand throbbing but with my lovely new jade bracelet on, we headed to the same pearl store where we got Emmie and Rosie's pearls. As soon as we walked in the owner recognized us. We all picked out a perfectly lovely strand for Frannie and watched their quick work stringing them.
|Watching intently as their little sister's pearls are strung.|
After a quick ramen break in the room and some playtime, we headed out to stroll Shamian Island. We took the now-familiar walk through the pet and spice markets full of noises and smells and crowds to the quiet and relaxing island.
|We've eaten a lot of noodles around this table over the years.|
Monday was our Consulate appointment. I'm not sure if anyone really gets very nervous about the Consulate stuff, but after our experience on Rosie's adoption trip, I'd say we were a bit anxious about the whole thing. It went smoothly, and now we just have to cross our fingers that Frannie's visa is issued without a hitch.
After our appointment was done, we tried for a little holiday photo session in the Holiday Inn lobby since they have such nice decorations. That did not work particularly well as one of our little friends does NOT like to be put down by mama.
|Emmie looks sick because she's rocking a NEW cold now which she|
has generously passed on to Patrick and me. Will the germs ever stop?!?!
|Merry Christmas from China!|
(Can you hear her screaming, "MAAAAAAMA" because she did not want to be put down?)
Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and prayers for our health and healing. We are inching closer every day to where we want to be...home. It's a hard trip and a long trip, but each time we have done it, we have gained an unimaginable new joy in our lives. This is no exception.