Today is our last day in Fuzhou...we will be heading to Guangzhou tonight to finish the American paperwork so we can bring our little man home. It's always an emotional time when leaving your child's province. While we are super excited to be one step closer to home, the realization that our boy is leaving his birth home is definitely a tough one.
We did upload a some new pics. and videos from yesterday here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9350232@N08/?saved=1
We are loving all of your comments!! Your support and love for us is amazing!!!! I can't wait to print out all of the comments and put them in Solomon's journal...what a treasure!!!
Everyday we wake up so excited to see what we are going to learn about our son. He is an amazing gift from the Lord. I am still having such a hard time processing all that God has done to bring Solomon to us...it is so incredible that is hard for me to wrap my brain around it. When and if I do, watch out for a really long blog post...LOL!! I think about the day we first learned about him and how his photo literally took my breath away & had my heart racing a million miles a minute and how God clearly told us this was our son and that He would provide EVERYTHING to bring him home AND then to watch God provide all the way up until we were boarding the plane..AMAZING...UNBELIEVABLE...sooo BEAUTIFUL and sooo totally our Lord!!!!!!! Oh, how this mama feels so undeserving but sooo completely blessed and definitely filled to overflowing!!
Will post more once we are in Guangzhou :o)
Random thoughts from China (Paul):
- Giant Panda's and fast trains are cool. They should put Giant Panda's on the fast trains.
- Stacy thinks all the Chinese girls are staring because we are two white people with a Chinese baby, I think that they are all checking me out.
- It's raining at home, bummer, we can't go to the park. It's raining in Fuzhou, a Typhoon is coming!
- Solomon really doesn't like to go to bed. First night he was very compliant and slept in his crib, second night he started in his crib but was very nervous about it, next couple of nights refused to lay down and we had to hold his head while he passed out sitting up.
- Solomon has flushed the toilet about 98 times so far today. Hey, where's my toothbrush?
- Solomon likes to throw things, he throws everything.
- Was Houdini Chinese?
- I learned how to tear the head off of a fresh shrimp, peal off the body and legs. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it twitched.
- Playing video games from China with a 300+ ms ping time isn't as much fun as my sub-30ms pings from home.
- Jinjiang is a large exporter of shoes. I wonder if Solomon had stayed if he would have ended up working at one of the shoe factories. Jinjiang is called the "China Shoes Capital" and makes almost a billion pairs of shoes each year. http://www.cn-jif.com/main.asp
- Ham? That's NOT ham. Pig blood soup, stir fried bamboo shoot, grilled goose breast with pepper, fried fungus with celery. Do they eat this stuff?
Random thoughts from China (Stacy):
- It's fun seeing him mimic what we say and pick up new English words. Very early on he started saying "Paul" and we kept correcting him to say "Daddy" instead. But we learned that "Paul" actually meant up!
- He is really enjoying going all over the place and is always saying "let's go!"
- He has the best smile!
- I was very excited to get my wonton soup until I saw the baby shrimp floating in it :(
- It's interesting to me how they preserve things that they display in various places. At the museum, they had a couple that were over 700 years old laying in a glass coffin full of formaldehyde. All of their skin was still intact! At the Panda display they had all of the different stages of baby growth compared to Panda growth. It looked like actual babies in formaldehyde jars.