Sunday, March 11, 2012

We're In Changsha!!!!

We have been up since 3 a.m. and not because we had a flight to catch, we are still jetlagged. It does not seem as bad as it did for me on our last trip to China. Probably since I did not sleep much before we left:) We arrived in Changsha around 10 a.m. and have met our guide, Amy, and checked into the Dolton Hotel.
I have felt very overwhelmed while meeting with Amy about what we need to have ready for meeting Janie tomorrow. So many emotions, all very surreal! Well, everything has felt surreal these past few days. Just being here with Madeline is emotional. She has been so very happy, it as if the emotional build up over the past months is finally released for her. She is not afraid and takes it all in. This is such a special time with her and I am thankful to be here with both the littles. Bigs we so miss you all!!!!!

Amy gave us directions as to where to find water, food ect. On our last trip we did not go anywhere without our guide. We took to the streets in search of Pizza Hut and it tasted JUST like home. Changsha feels like a foreign New York. Lots of sights and sounds to take in.

Amy informed us that Janie lives with her foster family in the city and I have seen a few buildings that look like the buildings in the pictures we have received. Germantown is going to be much quieter than what she is accustomed to. Both Hank and I have been sad thinking about what Janie is about to go through tomorrow. It is hard to even imagine her thoughts and feelings. I am praying we both feel peaceful in the morning, we do know this is God's will and know He will carry us all tomorrow. John David and Madeline are so excited:)

Some pics from our trek through the city.....

John David and Madeline thought the dragon in the hotel lobby was awesome.

the pedestrian walk in front of the hotel

Apartments that look very similar to Janie's foster parent's

looking out on the street outside Pizza Hut....anything goes!

We walked by this and I commented " Oh Hank, look at the cute little eggs!" His reply, "Paige, they're bird eggs!"

bunnies, birds and turtles....

anything goes on the sidewalks as well.....

famous chicken feet

cars in front of the hotel.....Hank and I can't believe how different it is in China since we were here before the Olympics. We did not see these nice cars then!
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