Thursday, December 19, 2013

Leaving Shanghai

We have had a busy few days here in Shanghai! Today we are headed to Guangzhou. We are continuing to learn more about Ellie each day. The past couple of days have been filled with many different appointments and a trip to the orphanage as well as her finding spot. She has been quite the trooper!
In China you are not allowed to give your child up for adoption so many of the infants are left somewhere so that they may be found. Our sweet guide brought us some of the dirt from her finding spot this morning. She said in China they believe that if you leave China you should take a piece of the earth with you and it will help you stay well in your new place.
When I think about everything that has happened in just 4 short days I am overwhelmed with emotion. We love this little girl so very much and I am so grateful God has called us to be her mom and dad and a part of our family!
She is warming up to the boys! This morning when they came to our room she just lit up! She even was willing to give up her snack to hold Luke's hand. She can say mama and dada and tries to say Luke and John Henry! She does not want to ride in the stroller but loves to push it. She is a great eater. She loves having a bow in her hair, even after her bath she wants to have her bow back in her hair. She is also quite the little helper. She loves things tidy and likes to put them back where they came from. She especially like to have her face and hands clean when she is eating. We all think it is adorable because she just turns to me even if just a speck is on her mouth and wants it wiped. We are getting more and more smiles out of her throughout the day!

"God takes me by the hand and takes me straight out of the hard place and into the beauty on the other side. He whispers for me to be thankful, that even this will be for His good." Kisses for Katie

We are seeing so much of His beauty!!

Worn out after all our stops!

On the streets of Shanghai

Getting ready to take off!

- Leaving Shanghai!

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