Thursday, July 28, 2011

China Daily News

Marye was interviewed a couple days ago by the China Daily News.  Today, their article posted on the front page of their website.

Here is a link to the article:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Beijing Visit to CCCWA/ Temple of Heaven Pics

Our First Day in Beijing

Dear Friends and Family,
We are doing well.  We are counting our Blessings as last night we has a very difficult approach into the Beijing Airport due to severe weather.  We were told most flights into Beijing were diverted to other cities in China or the flights were canceled.  Our Delta Crew did a beautiful job bringing in the plane.
We had a great nights sleep and got up at 5:30 AM ate breakfast and meet our travel group - the Lantern Group made up of 10 families for orientation then off to the great wall.  It was raining when we left the hotel on our way to the Juyongguan Pass section of the great wall.  Of Course we had to make a stop at the Jade Factory then off to the great wall.  This section is very steep so we only walked to the second section.  What was really awesome was that the rain stopped just as soon as we started the climb.  Anna later told me that she prayed for the rain to stop.
Iris made a new friend named Nora.  She is one of four sisters who live in Utah. She is 10 years old.
After our Great Wall climb we went to the Closinne Factory and learned about how Closinne is designed and produced.
Then we ate lunch and back to the hotel for a rest before going out to dinner and then a visit to the Olympic Sites.
 We miss you all,

Love Marye

Seattle Pics

Friday, July 2, 2010

Giving Thanks!

Everyone's at home safe and sound.  We thank the Lord!

On Schedule!

I just heard from Marye in Detroit!  They are on schedule!  Family is doing great but very tired.  Marc is enjoying his first apple dippers and caramel.  I talked to Anna and she is so excited to get home as they all are.

Coming Home!

I've not spoken to Marye since the last post she provided before their travel into Hong Kong.  Currently, the family is in transit on their way home.  They departed Hong Kong last night at 9:15pm EST.  They will arrive in Detroit at 1:10pm EST. They will have a three hour lay over and their flight to Atlanta will arrive at 6:40pm. They will be arriving on Delta flight DL2293.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Guangzhou Pictures

Marye and the family are traveling to Hong Kong by train today.  She did upload these photos showing their time in Guangzhou.

Iris' Peter Pan pose.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pool Play

Today, we had a free day so we played at the pool.  We are doing well but ready to go home.  Anna told Baba she does not care if she ever stays in a hotel  again.

We found out  our hotel is listed as one of the top ten hotels China.  It may be so but there is no place like home.

Marc is doing great.  He is a sweet and funny little guy.  He has a very tender heart.  He loves to give hugs and kisses.

He likes to take all the pillows and build a nest on the bed then he gets all the toys and books and puts them in his nest.

Tomorrow is the swearing In ceremony at the US Consulate in Guangzhou.  Then we have one more day to wait on Marc's Visa then we catch then the train to Hong Kong and go HOME!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Meal

Mom went to the Pearl Market with another family and our guide.  I stayed at the hotel with the crew.  We were hungry and decided on our first fast food in 10 days.  We went to McDonald's.

I am sure this was Marc's first Happy Meal.  He loved his nuggets, fries and Coke.

For dinner we had an amazing meal at Lei Gardens.  We watched as people ordered fresh fish from an aquarium.  The fish in the aquarium were beautiful like you would see at the Georgia Aquarium.

This was our first meal without a translator so mom and I were wondering what type of food would be brought to the table.  We were amazingly pleased it was a yummy meal and we all loved it.  

Marc is eating a lot and has great table manners for a 3 year old.  He is wonderful with chop sticks.

Tomorrow we return to the clinic to get our TB results. 

I've included some pictures of our visit to the clinic earlier this week.  Our visit lasted four hours and Marc was so good.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Little Monk

Yesterday, the family travelled to the city of Guangzhou.  When they arrived Marye was telling the taxi driver how she enjoyed staying in the Hotel in Chengdu.  The hotel in Chengdu was a 3-star situated in a part of the city that allowed Marye to really experience everyday China.  Marye was a bit embarrassed when the taxi driver drove up to their hotel in Guangzhou when she discovered they were staying at some grand, posh 5-star thing.

I'm posting a picture of Marc when he starred in a play on June 1st, Children's Day in China.  He played a monk.  Some of you maybe wondering about Marc's unusual haircut.  When they put on a children's production they go all the way.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Big Buddha

Marye didn't have time to post a message today but she was able to get me some photos.  Following are pictures from their excursions to the Leshan Giant Buddha and the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center.  They also got a picture of the extremely rare Chinese clown poodle; a cryptozoologist's prize!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chinese Opera

On June 22 Our adoption was completed by the Chinese Government.  We visited with an official at the office of Civil Affairs and completed all the official documents and pictures for Marc's Chinese Passport.

Then we visited the Notary who is a very important Government Official who authenticates the Chinese Documents.  He was a little emotional as he learned that we have three Children from Chengdu.

After our busy morning we had naps and then off to Anna's favorite thing to do in Chengdu, the opera.  It is not like we imagine the opera. The Sichuan Opera is hundreds of years old. It is a very famous for something called face changing where a performer changes their face (mask ) in seconds.  The audience is shocked because it is so quick that you cannot figure out how it is done. Also, we saw singing and puppets and dance performances. Anna's favorite is a husband and wife routine something like we would see in the old Jackie Gleason shows.

Marc is doing great.  He has cried a few times for no apparent reason except he is reflecting on all a the changes in his life.  He was in a wonderful foster home at the orphanage.  His Foster mama is famous among adoptive families as she has cared for many children and loves them dearly.

Marc such a sweet a brave little boy. 

Continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Our guide named Cai Mary putting Marc's handprint on an official
document at the civil affairs office.

Assistant Wang Li and our family in front of the civil affairs Office.