"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Monday, February 8, 2010

Safari Park

We had a fun time at Safari Park today.  The kids got to hold a white baby tiger and feed some giraffes.  The weather was beautiful and it was a great way to pass the time.  Alyson and Austin are really starting to get home sick and are ready to go home, so I am glad we were able to do something they enjoyed.  Parker is doing great and just seems to go with the flow, I don't think he even realizes we aren't at home.  We sure do draw a crowd whenever we go out though.  People count our kids as we go by.  Having 4 children in China is unheard of (having more than one is almost unheard of) so when they see us with 4 kids they want to know why we wanted to adopt when we already had 4 children.  And then they say we are so lucky to be able to have 4 children.  All of our children are truly a blessing and we thank God for each of them.  Parker seems to get the most attention from the Chinese people because he is a baby and they think chubby little white baby's are so cute.  He gets his picture taken quite a bit. :)
Lilyia seemed to do a little better today.  She does so much better when we are not in the hotel room.  Bedtime is really hard for her still.  She doesn't want anyone to hold her but she just lays down and whimpers in her bed.  I try to hold her and comfort her but it doesn't help.  She came to me more during the day today though and even reached her arms to me a couple times-of course this is only when John is around.  She has a lot of really good moments throughout the day, but she is really grieving a lot still too so please keep praying for this precious little girl.
Tomorrow is our swearing in ceremony at the US consulate in Guanghzhou.  I am not sure exactly what that entails but it takes place at 2:15 tomorrow.  Then, on Wednesday we pick up Lilyia's visa at 3:30 and then we are SO out of here!
Thank you to everyone who has been following our blog.  I will probably post at least one more time before we leave on Wednesday.
The Christens

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your blog. It has been great to see your pics and see where you all are at with Lilyia! It is also nice to see specific prayer requests. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! What an amazing journey! Lilyia is so beautiful!