Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wrapping It All Up

Wow, we've been trying off and on all day to get our internet connection to last long enough to be able to post here. I can't say that I'm sure the connection will last but I'm gonna try my durndest to make this last post from China a good one. NOT that we did a ton of really monumental stuff but it IS the last post after all.

After a late lingering breakfast at the heavenly buffet, we sat and chatted with friends for a while, enjoying the giggles of the little girls as they played. We felt like we really clicked with this family and we look forward to keeping up with them as we all settle in to the business of regular life outside the adoption trip bubble.

Then we headed back to the room to begin the packing process. Silly me, I can't seem to efficiently or effectively pack unless I empty the suitcase and start "from scratch." So that is exactly what I did. For my clothes. For Mei Mei's clothes, for all our toiletries, for my carry-on. For it all. As I packed, I pulled out excess of things we either didn't use or wouldn't need at home. I gathered them all up and made a bag up for our guide. We asked her to use them for her family's needs or to share them with other coming adoptive families. It's our prayer that the general prescription and over-the-counter meds serve someone well in their times of need. We are terribly grateful that we had no need of any of it, (except the Imodium for The Boss's food poisoning episode!) but also very thankful for doctors who prescribed it as good contingency plans.

While we were bustling about packing, Mei Mei had her own ideas of how to help.  Literally, everything had to be moved to the middle of the king-sized bed - once I discovered that my neatly folded piles of socks and tees were being snatched and thrown into the suitcase across the room. Unfortunately, the middle of a king-sized bed is also pretty much out of reach for me! My body got quite a great "P!lates" style stretching work-out.

Once the clothing was out of reach,
she moved on to the bag of dirty laundry.
No matter that there are at least five noisy
toys scattered around the room.
Putting her little legs in Daddy's t-shirt
armholes is way more fun!

She was temporarily distracted from
the dirty laundry fashion show
by snacks and juice in her stroller.
But only temporarily!

She is totally mocking me.
Lets me put a cute hair clip in.
But JUST when I think, "Oh, YAY! She's gonna leave it alone,"
she smirks and slowly, gently pulls it out.
Even when I keep my expression blank and neutral.

After a hard-core hour and a half of packing and cleaning up, we met Vicki and her sister Kelly, along with 2 of Vicki's daughters for lunch. She and I have been reading each other's blogs for years now, having found each other by way of  No Hands But Ours and Ni Hao Ya'll and our common interest of parenting adoptive children with hearing loss. They are here adopting Claire, a delightful and spunky little girl with a quick smile and a blooming, blossoming heart. Her daughter Ava came along for support and is so sweet and loving - I got a hug before I was even properly introduced the other day!

It's 7:20 p.m. here in Guangzhou. We are staying in, finishing up the random left-over foodstuffs and finalizing travel plans. Please pray with us that we get bulkhead seating for the extra space and the baby bed it offers. Once she falls asleep, she sleeps through pretty much anything. (For example, the crazy loud radio alarm we didn't know that she set for 6 a.m. today when she was playing with the clock last night. Sigh. On our ONE morning to sleep in a bit!) It would be awesome to have that break for our arms.

Daddy lovingly bit off the skin of this apple
(I inadvertently threw out the plastic knives I found when re-packing!)
for his little bit. She LOVED chowing down on it!
Hopefully, all the random left-overs sit well on her tummy
and fill her up at least till we get in the van tomorrow morning!

So, that's it. Our last day in China. Nothing terribly exciting except that it was all spent getting ready to come HOME! Oh, how I love that word. HOME. Hugs and kisses from my gang. Familiar germs. Land of Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi, uncontaminated chicken and eggs, and drink-able water from the tap. OH! And coffee with sugar-free hazelnut creamer in a great big Tigger mug.

I'm not a complicated momma and these simple things of my life will be even more treasured than previously. Especially when enjoyed in the comfort of my own home, surrounded by my gang. I can't wait!!!!!


Stephanie said...

Glad to hear you are in the home stretch! Safe travels and hoping for bulkhead seating for sure!

jen said...

Praying you guys get the bulkhead seating! Good luck :) Oh and we also had a morning wake up call - at least yours was 6 - Kian set ours for 3 am! See you when you get home :) Safe travels.

Amy said...

Praying for safe and non-stressful travels.

Aus said...

It's something after midnight your time on Friday morning - likely you won't see this before you start home - but GM it has been a real joy "being" with you guys in country. We are simply over the moon for y'all!

Fair winds and following seas....

and may the jet lag be gentle!!

hugs - aus and co.

Melissa Renno said...

Tracy...we had the bulkhead seating with the bassinet and it was HORRIBLE!!! Gideon didn't fit in it and the tray tables were built into the side of the seat so we couldn't even lift up the arm rest. If they try to give you the center aisle bulkhead DON'T DO IT!!!! We ended up moving back to another row so we could lift up the arm rest and lay down with Gideon. It was SO much better! Praying for a safe and uneventful flight and praying she sleeps sleeps sleeps. I can't believe you are coming HOME!!! Yay! Yay! Yay! Love you and praying for you like crazy!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Have a safe flight home and a joyous reunion with your family!