Sunday, March 30, 2008
One of my favorite first photos of Hannah
On this day one year ago, the girls made their trip to Guangzhou to complete their adoptions in China. Hannah was less than pleased with this trip, and I believe Daddy had even less kind words to say about this particular event.
An excerpt from our journal...
"A smiling golden buddha/ In a golden temple stands / With a tiny golden baby / In his gentle golden hands." -- From Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes
I must admit, I have begun to lose track of the days. Not much to report today, except that I will be happy when I can see Hannah's pretty smile up close and personal. I want to whisper in her ear and hear Emily laugh with her. From what I am told, Hannah is a pretty spirited child. Good, she will be a good match for her big sister!
Hannah had her visa picture taken, and she had her medical exam in Guangzhou. Our travelling friends describe the capital city as being Vegas-like and the hotel as being like a resort. Excellent! Rob has taken four tapes worth of video since arriving in Beijing--movie night will have a whole new meaning! That will provide a keepsake of Hannah's heritage and homeland. We would love to visit again as a family, when the girls are older.
The medical exams went well. Hannah passed. However, Rob confirmed his suspicion that Hannah has a respiratory infection. Thank goodness for Western medicine; he had a jump start on the antibiotic. It seems most of the babies are requiring medical attention of some sort. We are praying for each and every family. After Emily's respiratory infection morphed into pneumonia, under the best of circumstances and on an antibiotic, in January, Rob is being pretty conservative about her care. (He is thinking those 14 hours on a plane, folks!)
Tonight, Emily thought it would be a great idea to put on a play of the Easter story...guess who got to be the donkey? At any rate, Hosanna!
...Night, night Hannah. We love you.
After a looonnng day of travel, Hannah was in better spirits
Any residual ill feelings they all shared that day were gone when Hannah put on the show of a lifetime, laughing, pulling the covers over her head and snuggling
Nan, Emily and I took a trip out to Emmy's favorite zoo to while the time away:)
The Red Couch Picture occurred during these 36 hours and this is one of my favorite images of Hannah
The Gang is All Here! (They look thrilled don't they?)
Hannah & Kate having dinner at a favorite Americanized eatery (I think it was Lucy's??)
This stuff is for the birds, I need a steak and a baked potato (consequently, when Hannah came to us, she could not self feed and still ate purely from the bottle, it did not take long, once home, well and settled for her to find the joy in finger foods:)
Finally, Jim captured this shot early one morning and it is the picture we used for Hannah's Adoption Announcements - only fitting as it was BIG NEWS!