Today was yet another day of fine Chinese hospitality. Sara's Mandarin teacher’s high school classmate and very close friend toured us around for the day.
Along with her husband, son, and friend, they took us to: Chenghuang temple shopping district,
Yu Yuan gardens,
treated us to another big meal in Super Brand Mall (it is huge!)
then took us to The Oriental Pearl Tower. This tower is awesome! It not only has 2 different observations decks, but it also has a small roller-coaster, and a museum in it.
These people did not even know us but treated us like we were long lost relatives.
One thing that I will say since I figure Sara won't, is that she is doing absolutely amazing with her Mandarin. She has been able to ask questions of taxi drivers, servers and sales people, as well as converse on a basic level with some of the people and friends we have interacted with. Linda would be proud!
Throughout all these activities, of course our minds are not very far off Li Lin and how soon she will join our family. This was driven home again at the Oriental Pearl Tower, when we saw this on the window...
and then Rykauna picked up a cute little girl and 'tried her on for size' as a little sister!
One thing we would strongly suggest for adoptive families, if at all possible, is to try to come to China a few days early before the adoption. I am completing what was to be Sara's blog entry as she is sleeping soundly besides me. It was all we could do tonight to keep the kids awake until about 7:30pm. The last few days they have had naps, but then were waking up at 2 or 3 am, ready to tackle the day!. We have commented several times that it would have been very difficult to have the stamina and emotional strength to deal with a child who is grieving her losses at this time.
Tomorrow is an early start (not a problem since the kids are getting up so early). We take the train to Wuhan, and then on Monday... Li Lin joins us for the rest of the trip.... and for many years to come!