It's been a long day. We took the train in Guangzhou to Hong Kong this afternoon, leaving our hotel at noon. Unfortunately once we arrived, we couldn't find our ride to the hotel. After waiting for quite some time, some of the guys in our group finally located our driver. We managed to get settled in our hotel and downstairs to look for food by around 7pm. The restaurants were crazy expensive and one actually turned us away. I wonder if it was Steve's "couch potato" t-shirt...heh, heh. We ended up in a lounge where we sat on couches around a tiny table to eat some hamburgers and chicken sandwiches with some of the other families in our group. We hadn't eaten since breakfast, so they tasted amazing. After returning to the room, we all got baths. Dad sprang for room service--brownie/ice cream desserts.
Before leaving the White Swan, we went down to the park to kill some time. There were so many people there this morning. There were men and women playing games, exercising, a ballroom type dance group, and even a whole class of art students. The art students all came over and wanted their photos taken with the kids. Several girls wanted their photos taken with Jacob, and if Mikaela would have charged all the guys for as many as she had taken, it would have paid for our return flights. After the paparazzi finished their photos, they sat down in front of us and began sketching. We talked with many of the art students for quite awhile and finally had to leave so we didn't miss the train. They were very sweet. One of the guys even gave Maimie a chocolate milk box he had in his backpack. They seemed very interested in the fact that we had two adopted Chinese daughters.
Tomorrow morning our flight leaves at 10:30am for Detroit. I think we are all more than ready to be home. Our flight is due in around 3:50pm or so tomorrow (Christmas Eve). Can't wait to get home for Christmas!
This adoption trip has been more difficult in many ways than I imagined it might be. And many more difficult days are still ahead. I think God may have much growing in store for us. But, I will say that God has provided for us in so many ways. He has alleviated many of our fears and has helped us through several rough spots over the last couple of weeks. He has blessed our family beyond measure.