Garrett’s Travel Journal from China
12/6/11. Today we went to the consulate to swear in
and show passports and so my parents became Toby’s parents (technically they
were already his family on the china side but now there the parents on the
12/5/11. Today was awesome overall. We met our guide after breakfast and went to the Xing Qing market (they sell everything from chipmunks to dog food to live scorpions to movies). After that we went to the exam place they made sure his arm wasn’t swollen and they gave him candy and we left. We went to Jordan’s to get Nolan a souvenir and then we went to Michael’s to get some stuff we ordered and went to Lucy’s (just like Michaels and Jordan’s if you have been to Guangzhou you’ve probably been to Lucy’s). Unlike Michael’s and Jordan’s, Lucy’s is a restaurantJ. Then we went back to the hotel.
12/4/11. Today we went to the
12/2/11. Today we ate breakfast and chilled then went
to the airport. Toby did well on the flight. We met our guide what we saw of
12/1/11. Today all we did was go to the city wall and Toby’s finding place. We started out the day just like normal, of course we get up and dressed and eat breakfast. At breakfast we met two families that are adopting. I was getting breakfast today and 1 of the Two dads came up to me while he was getting breakfast and asked me how I slept and I just answered “Good surprisingly I slept until 6Am. How did you sleep” Then he replied “Like a baby, I woke up every hour crying” and I just laughed. While we were eating 1 of the moms came up and asked our names and Toby’s name and we were talking about adoption and how Toby wasn’t bonding with mom as much as dad (but he’s still bonding well) and she said that they just adopted a 7 year old that’s doing the same thing. She introduced us to her family (pointing because they were still eating). And we were asking how many times they adopted and she answered 3 times, and then she said “we lost our first daughter to cancer. She was 9 when she died. That was 2 years ago.” It was one of those quite sad moments. Then the other family came over to our table (the guy that talked to me at the buffet line). And they were talking about them having 11 kids including the one they just go, then the other lady got up and said “I’ll be back I have to go get something”. Then her whole family came over. So at a table that holds four we have 10 including us surrounding it. It was cool meeting other Christians that were adopting at the same time. I’ve been looking for these colorful thing that you throw up in the air and a propeller opens up and it spins down to you but I only saw them the first day and I’ve been looking for 1 ever since (yes this is random). Thanks for all the prayers.
11/30/11. We’ve just been chilling at the hotel since
about 2Pm. The jet lag is wearing off finally because it’s 7:30Pm. Here and
5:30Am. In the
11/30/11. We had a tour of the silk brocade factory and museum. When we arrived I was thinking oh great school while I’m off great and this is going to be real boring. So we walk in and our guide goes and talk to one of the people running the front desk and we met another person in the door inside and she walked us through the tour so we started looking at all the silk types and that part was really boring but we got into the room where the made the pieces of silk on there big wooden silk spinning thing that takes to people to man one on top and one on bottom (I have know clue what they do to be honest. They really didn’t say). That was the slightly better part. The best part was taking pictures with my parent’s fancy camera (yes all the pictures in the silk factory where taken by me. I like using there camera). We walked through the part with the ancient outfits (replicas). Then we walked through this room that had the replica of the emperor’s dragon weaving that Mao asked them to make. It took the master weaver 5 years to make. They won a weavers solid gold trophy cup for the work. When Mao died they sent the gold cup and weaving back to them for display. After that was over we went to the gift shop (I was thinking of course here is the part where they sell us something). We walked in and looked around and in the back there was a group of 3 girls (in china I look about 18 to them at least that what our guide says and everybody I’ve talked to) staring and giggling. So we continued on and the giggling stopped so I thought they left. What I didn’t know is they work there. They started talking to our guide while the lady that took us through the tour was talking to us about how to tell the deference between the handmade from the wooden machine woven. Then we were looking for something for Toby when he gets older. Ten our guide started laughing along with the girls, then our guide starts talking to me telling me there were asking if I was 18 or 19 or how old, and they were saying how I was a very handsome boy (I know how to pick that up cause I guide told me but I don’t know how to say it right). Even when they realized I was 12 they stopped except for one of them (that was the oldest of all three is what our guide said) and our guide said she was 22 and she still didn’t seem to care how old I was to her. She was still staring and smiling and waving every once and a while (almost every time I turned). My dad bought something for Toby when he gets older. He bought my mom something. We were still looking around a silk stuff. Our guide came up to dad and asked if she could barrow our HP touchpad (similar to an Ipad) to show the girls our family photo and she was over there showing them and then she laughed and said that they said I was the cutest in the family, then the girl that was smiling at me said something in Chinese then they all started cracking up and me and my dad walked around the corner to see what was going on and then the girl smiling blushed and our guide said she asked if we could adopt her too (sarcastically). We started laughing then our guide asked if we were ready to go so we left. Pretty funny and boring day so far but it’s only 3 (china time) but that’s all were did or doing today. Just wanted to let you know where were at. Thanks for prayers.
came back from the orphanage and Toby handled it well. Well before we went to
the orphanage we went to the civil affairs office for the finalization of Toby
becoming part of the Smith family. While we were waiting
11/29/11. Today were going to the orphanage to let him say his goodbyes. We’re preparing for an emotional day ahead. But that’s all were doing today. Again thanks for the prayers.
11/28/11. WE GOT HIM!!!! I’m so happy (seeJJJ). It went pretty well not very many tears yet. I and Toby played ball for a little bit (more like 1hour). He wanted to play roll the ball and keep it away from “GeGe” (gu-gu) (Chinese for older brother). But we had fun together he’s attaching pretty we with hugs smiles laughter. We colored while he talked to me in Chinese (I think or it might be a Chinese mixed with baby talk). He loves his monkey and picture book we sent with some friends. He loves to draw, color, and play “stack cups”. Thanks for your prayers.
11/28/11. GOTCHA DAY!!!!! I’m so excited I only slept for about 5-7 hours last night, but I’m wired because of excitement. It’s finally her GOTCA DAY!!!!!! J. So excited! Hope it goes well.
11/26/11. We experienced the Great Wall today and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s so much more amazing than you even imagine, especially the people there, there we people determined to make it as far as the possibly can. Most people made it to the second tower then went back down. I and my dad went to the second tower too. There was this one 60-70 (approximately.) that with her family (a boy approximately. 10 with his mom and dad) they were all striving to make it and the 60-70 year old lady made it to the second tower and watching her family cheer and her smile once she made it. It was incredible (I know the second tower sounds easy to make it to but if you ever go you will understand why most people were only going there). The view was incredible once you make it to the second tower. Before we went to the Great Wall we went to the Jade garden. We saw some incredible things but some very sad things as well we saw a Jade boat that was huge that looked amazing, as we continued on we came to the “the Big Budda” and that made me very sad as she said “That rubbing the Big Belly for good luck, the bald head to make you smart, and the long ears for long life” when she finished I just prayed silently because that’s a man made idol and its hard to believe that they believe that when people just like the mad it up and they should be putting more time in Jesus Christ and the Lord instead of rubbing a false God man made statue. All the Jade was amazing. I thought there was just dark green jade but there is so many different colors (Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, pink, etc….). I experienced amazing sights today.
11/25/11. We landed in
11/24/11. Today we left for
Springfield, Missouri for our first flight I’m excited because I’ve never been
on a plane before, I’ve never been out of country for that matter, but I’m
excited none the less. I hope I enjoy it I think I will but I’m most excited
for getting Toby. My Grandparents came yesterday because there watching the
rest of the kids through the weekend, then our youth minister and his wife and
daughter are staying with them for the rest of the time were gone. It’s just my
mom, dad, and me this time around (until we get Toby of course). Our first
flight is going to be out of
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Nov. 28th – Gotcha Day
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Dec. 8th – Shanghai
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