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(This was literally one of the BEST, most amazing days of our lives, so I need to break it into at least two parts,) We were so excited to be back in Huining. So excited to see the Zhang family... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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These days with the foster families are so profound, I struggle to find the right words. On the bus to Emily's town I finished reading a novel and found a passage from an interview with the author that spoke to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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Another fun day in Beijing...too late to write much, but the highlights were two delicious meals with co-workers and old friends, as well as two shopping excursions. The kids would report the highlights being two new stuffed animals and two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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**Eli wants me to be sure to tell everyone that yesterday after helping with the dumplings, he ate "many, many, many...actually TWENTY-TWO" of those very dumplings! ** The Sheraton Dongcheng is actually feeling like home these days, and we were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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As already stated, Tom was totally hung over this morning, and feeling terrible about it! We laid low in the morning so that he could be home. But we knew that we needed to be at Chai's grandparents home by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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After all of our morning fun, we met up with Chai's father's family for a traditional Mongolian meal. We got to meet many cousins and there were 28 chairs set around a huge round table. The food was delicious, lots... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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For the first half of our day in Baotou, we woke up and Chai took us to a little breakfast spot down the road. It was fun to take in the sights of the neighborhood. There isn't a direct translation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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We made it to Baotou tonight and will have more to share tomorrow! We met up with our friend Chai at the airport since he just arrived from the States, and hopped on a plane to his hometown of Baotou.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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Since we are flying to Baotou, Inner Mongolia tomorrow, The kids and I really laid low today. We did another load of laundry, and as suspected had to dry some with the hairdryer from yesterday. We have our new "pioneer"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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First off, I want to thank everyone for their lovely comments! I didn't think my Facebook link would work, but it has been so far! I can see your comments since it forwards to my e-mail, but I can't respond... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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It was another amazing day visiting Eli's other foster family...filled with love, adoration, hugs and good food....so much goodness wrapped into one day!! Somehow it worked out that we were at the orphanage exactly 7 years after we adopted Eli,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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We left Nanning today around 10:30 on a train bound for Beihai. This is the larger city, of about 8 million people, that is next to Eli's town, Hepu Town, which is smaller at around 1 million people. We got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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The universe teaches me time and time again that there is such inherent goodness in all human beings and if we are open and willing to receive that goodness, our lives will change in ways we can never measure. Twice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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What a day! So many fun things that I'm breaking it into two... We spent the morning at the People's Park, which is just down from our hotel. We have always enjoyed the Chinese parks we have visited, lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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Happy to report that we have Internet at the first leg of this Guangxi province visit! We are excited to be back in Eli's province today, seven years after we met him. Tom keeps saying about everything on this trip,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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We were excited to get a text from a friend that was also in Beijing today. Bo is a teacher at the kids' school, and she and I worked together when I was teaching there. It was fun to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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We joined Tom on his way into work and got to check out the SJM offices. We saw several familiar faces, people that we have met in the States, and a few people that we met here last time. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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Hello all! Happy to be writing from Beijing, PRC! I think I've figured out the technology kinks...so I'll be able to post. We had a fairly smooth journey here, we made use of the eye masks they gave us and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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It's been fun to hear the excitement of the kids as we have gotten closer to today. We had a countdown calendar and each day I would hear, "I can't believe it's xx days!" The last two days there has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
We have just a few hours left in the USA and we will be off to Beijing! We are thrilled to have the chance to travel to Emily and Eli's provinces, as well as a stop in Inner Mongolia to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
My in-laws have this posted on their fridge and I thought it was so interesting! If the earth's population were a village of 100 people, there would be 62 Asians, 12 Eurpoeans, eight Africans, and only 13 "villagers" from the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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Wow, we can't believe that our seven weeks have come to an end and we are now frantically trying to pack up all of our belongings for the trip home. It was a rainy day both yesterday and today which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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We were excited to meet up with Chai Zhi's family again on Friday night. We had met his uncle when we went out for Peking Duck, but this time we met his auntie and two cousins. We met at an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!
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1. The pharmacist was preparing herb packets in the pharmacy when we stopped by. See all of the red drawers behind her? They are filled with different herbs and together they make thousands of medicines. I'm trying something for my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Adventures with Two...Beijing Bound!