Free Day~

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This morning Calla woke up mad as a hornet. Not even exaggerating she screamed for 30 minutes. We were able to get her dressed and left for breakfast where she ate and ate and ate. Like her outfit? She made me put her pjs back on over her dress. Whatever works. We came back to the room to play and she was fine~
Don't know what the big deal was mom~
With a free day, we had to find things to do like walking around the hotel learning to be sisters~
Calla would not lie down for a nap and had another little screaming fit. The only thing that brought her out was Scott's reading glasses~
We went for a short walk in the park and got everyone an ice cream. Calla's first and she was quite taken back with the cold! Didn't even finish before she wanted in the tub~
Seriously when in China, the bathtub is your best friend!!!!! Now we're playing again waiting for dinner time. Tomorrow is our consulate apportionment. Whoo Hoo!!!

A Wonderful Day!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Today was a holding day while all families waiting to NOT be called for TB result. No news was good news. 
My first thought was to compare Calla after a week with us. I think her eyes tell the story! Forever Love looks beautiful on this baby~

Big sister Evie on the job again and look at Scott's best friend for the past week~

Our very favorite thing to do in China is walk in the park where the locals are doing life. Such beautiful scenery~
Beautiful people~
Beautiful activities~
Everyone enjoying each other even though the humidity is so high we were soaked and wet~

I asked Scott to hold Calla for a minute while I shot a few pics. Here she is in full meltdown mode~

We returned to the room for our daily play bath and picnic. Right about the time we were going down for nap... We got the Call. Calla's blood work was positive and we had to go back to medical clinic for chest X-ray. Not going to lie~ I was shaken but felt sure God knew this and had it all in His control. As we prayed the name of Jesus out loud in that clinic, He was there taking care of our girl. X-ray was clear, they gave us medicine for her fever, and sent us to the pharmacy~
Successful trip and we went back to hotel. The medicine administration was not pleasant. She fought us and remained mad for for over an hour. Finally she got over it and returned to her adorable self. 

Maybe you wonder why I named this post A Wonderful Day. I believe God is good all the time and claiming wonderful over worry!!! I praise Him for this day and continue to pray healing for our baby. Blessings and love to all!!!

Chen Academy and Pedestrian Street~

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Our BAAS group is really enjoying each other and becoming lifelong friends! There is something about being each other's lifeline while getting to know our children! Here we are in our first photo together when we went to tour the Chen Academy~
Our guide for the week is Elvin and he is so wonderful! He and Scott hugged at the airport like long lost brothers. He is so good with the kids and they adore him~

There was a group of ladies ball balance dancing. The buildings at the academy are quite gorgeous~

We got Calla's Chinese and English name painted on a scroll hanging as well as a traditional name chop. This man has painted for us at least two times before this one. Beautiful~

Once we left there we went to Pedestrian Street to the Pearl and jade market to get gifts for special people~
it was a great morning even with the super hot temps and humidity. So great to come back to hotel for bath and picnic lunch. It's naptime now and I have time to get this on the blog. 

EK~ I smelled the most wonderful magnolia tree today and I was immediately taken home to our kitchen where you've just brought me a blossom from our tree. I love and miss you and can't wait to be home with all of you!!! 

Travel to Guangzhou and Medical Exam~

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Calla took her first flight last night and did amazilngly well. It was only an hour but with arriving early and getting to hotel, it was trying for all three kiddos. Calla made the ride to the airport super fun~
First flight~

Today we had Calla's medical exam. She did very well considering the stress of it all. We went through all three stations and then she had her TB blood draw. That was traumatic but a lollipop from Elvin surely did the trick~
We had several moments like the one below but a little bumblebee fun turned that frown upside down~
WE stopped by a local supermarket for a few things we needed and experienced our MAJOR meltdown! I saw a very strong willed side of our girl. I stood outside in the rain while she screamed at the top of her lungs (everyone staring) but knew it was just too much in one day! We came back to the hotel and she immediately settled down.

We sure love our beautiful large room~
Everyone has lots of room to spread out and play! It will be a great place to spend the week and can't WAIT to head home to our sweet family!!! 

City Park and Travel~

Friday, May 27, 2016

Today we had a free day until we leave the hotel headed to Guangzhou. We hadn't taken a walk in the local park so made our way there. The sidewalks are completely torn up with all the construction going on. The lady you see with us walked up to me and walked beside shielding me with her umbrella from the sun. We were about to die from the heat! SO hot and humid but good to be outside~
We are staying at the Nanning Marriott hotel and the park is close by. Our guide told us the people love the park because no one really has yards here. The people come here to walk, play, exercise, and enjoy nature~
Evie spotted a duck to show EK as well as beautiful trees blooming~
Our favorite thing about China is watching the people sing, play traditional instruments, and dance. These people were enjoying their morning under this beautiful pagoda~

We were drenched when we returned to the hotel so the bitties had a bath party then we enjoyed Subway for lunch~
Our baby LOVES to eat and knows the word eat now too. Smiles SO big and gives me a hundred kisses when we bring out the food!!! Everyone is down for a nap now as I blog. We leave the hotel at 3, go by police station for Calla's passport, and flight to Guangzhou @ 7:30. Looking forward to spending the week with Elvin, our guide we've had two other trips as well. 

Always bitter sweet to leave the province of our child's home but so thankful to be this far on our journey and just that much closer to being home again with our family.

We have facetimed with our kids almost everyday and they are all doing great! Thankful to everyone home helping and loving!!! We will be together very soon!!! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!!!

Guangxi Provincial Museum~

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today was another touring day. We had breakfast and lots of time to play in our room. CA is really doing well with attaching and bonding. We are seeing signs of grieving especially when sleep is involved but so expected and positive. She wore her adorable bloomers monogrammed by my friend Sheila~

Evie and Holly are being the BEST big sisters to Calla. Evie is taking it especially serious and picks her up anytime she needs to feel helpful. I think you can see how Calla feels about it~

We had a short drive to the museum so Calla enjoyed a lollipop and I enjoyed snapping a few face photos~

The tour of museum was interesting and a relaxing way to spend the morning with our three bitties. Glenn our guide has been especially kind to the girls. He told them all kinds of cool facts~

I know the four kids back home will love this huge dragon hanging from the ceiling! Calla finally gave it up and napped for over half of the tour!!!~

NO hating but we went by for McDonald's again and came back for a lunch picnic~
The perfect time to snap a few more adorable photos of our beautiful baby!!! Tomorrow we leave the lush, tropical city of Nanning to fly east to Guangzhou~ more of the same. And one week from then, we fly home! Glory to God for all the goodness He is lavishing on us with CallaAnne. We are SO in love!!!

Qing Xiu Mountain Park~

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today we had a touring day while we wait for Calla's passport to be ready. After breakfast we had some time to play in the room. We thought it would be a good day to teach Calla how to play with playdough. It was clear she had played with it before~

It is the sweetest thing how she pokes her face up toward mine so I will kiss her~

We left the hotel about 9:30 for Mountain Park where we walked around the most beautiful gardens~

The girls loved climbing on all the sculptures~
We also rode a tram part of the way and fed the fish~
Loved seeing all the locals there enjoying their day~

Also sweet to see a little girl bond with her Baba and what to say about Evie?~

We made it back to the hotel for lunch and a play bath before naptime~
NOW there are three bitties in the tub and I am SO thankful!!!!!

We Said YES~

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's been a very rough night for Scott. He was sick all night long but managed to get us down to breakfast and let me just say Calla can eat! She loved congee, scrambled eggs, dry cereal, and toast. Evie loved helping me feed her~
I am so amazed at our new girl!!! She has become one of the bitties with perfect cuteness!!!~

We facetimed our kids at home so they could see their sweet baby sister~

Then we met our guide to go back to Civil Affairs to Say YES to our new girl!!! She went right to her orphanage staff and it was sweet! She played with them a little while then held her hands up for me to take her. She knows I am her mama~

The officer at Civil Affairs interviewed us and finished up our paperwork. She was a delight and truely seemed thrilled we were adopting Calla~

Then it was gift time. Scott's sister and friends made over 20 little sundresses to give to girls in Calla's orphanage. The staff was overwhelmed with the gift. Thank you Jan!!! They will make a bunch of little girls feel beautiful!!! We were given a whole photo album of Calla's time at orphanage and the most treasured gift... A photo of her with her foster mom. Priceless!!! I will never let her forget!!!

Praise for God.. While we were in Civil Affairs, our new friends prayed over Scott and he was overcome with emotion because he felt the sickness go right out of him! The Holy Spirit!!! We stopped my McDonald's on the way home for takeout~

We had our first hotel {condo as Evie calls it} picnic and Calla loved it~
She is a chicken nugget and French fry fan now!!!
Calla loves bubbles and stickers~
It's been a super sweet time falling love and just SO thankful for every single blessing!!!!!

After a good nap, we took a walk and let the girls pick a prize at Walmart for being so awesome with everything they've dealt with~

We came back to paint toenails and color~
Yay for Tuesday!!!