Tuesday, June 17, 2008

June 17, day closer to home

Children exercising at school...part of the morning routine.
Lily waits patiently at the medical exam.
Graeme sees the ENT

Lily posing with one of the many cute statues on the Island.

Too cute...

Our Graeme
Jie Jie - Lily Wen

Tuesday, June 17, day closer to home!!!! We are really enjoying our time in China but we are getting ready to come home!!!! Today was much more relaxing than yesterday! We had our wonderful breakfast at the White Swan...amazing. Then, we ventured out for the medical exam. Graeme did very well and the doctor said that his cough and chest sound much better. He has been fever free for three days now. She recommended continuing the medicine for 2 more days so we will do so. He weighed 26 pounds and is 34 inches tall...not that much smaller than Lily.

On our stroll back to the hotel, we saw many more young brides taking wedding pictures. This is a busy time of the year for weddings and they all looked gorgeous! Lily and her friend, Madison were reunited today and had so much fun. We just chatted for a while in their room and let the girls play and then it was nap time for Lily and Graeme. They napped while I went to meet with our guide to do the paperwork for the U.S. Consulate. The paperwork took over 2 hours to complete but it is done and will go to the consulate tomorrow to be checked. If all is okay, we visit the consulate Thursday for our swearing in ceremony and leave on Friday to come home.

We spent this evening have dinner with Madison and Caroline's families. It was lots of fun just visiting and seeing the new additions to the family. I must be getting tired because I did not take even one picture. I will do better tomorrow.

Graeme and I had a great day. He stayed with me alone three different times and is interacting a lot more with me. We were laughing and playing this evening and I think we are slowly turning a corner. He was laughing so hard when I was blowing raspberries on his belly after his bath. He is imitating more speech today too. He spontaneously gave Wes a kiss today and it was so sweet. At dinner tonight, Wes sat at a seperate table with Mark, Madison's Dad, and the girls while Holly, Makenna and Graeme and I sat at a another table. He did great! Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts as they are helping!!!! I teased Wes tonight that I would just wait until we got through the long flight home before I really turned on the charm with Graeme. Wes is still exhausted from wreastling Graeme at the airport and on the plane yesterday so I don't think he got the humor in my message. All kidding aside, I am hoping Graeme will let me help more on the flight home. Lily would only have me and I remember how physically draining that was and she was half his size!!!!


Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

I'm so glad Graeme is bonding more with you! It will only get better!! I love that statue of the little brings back happy memories for me. Enjoy the last leg of your journey and leave the light on for me! :)

Waitingfaithfully said...


I read your last post, but ran out of time to comment--and besides it exhausted me! The thought of your long airport delay almost made me cry . . . I can remember wrestling Teddi in the airport in Guangzhou, and just feeling like I was going to turn into a weeping puddle of tears from sheer exhaustion and stress. I hope you have all had time to recover, especially Wes.

As I was reading today's post I was thinking, "Margaret's turned a corner with her sweet boy", and the next sentence I read was, "I think we are slowly turning a corner" Hallelujah! So happy to hear that things are going better.

I miss Guangzhou looking at your pictures . . . the statues, the brides, the park, the people. Enjoy your last couple of days. Thanks for making the time to blog, so we can follow along! Happy to hear that Graeme is feeling better too!

Blessings from Texas~

Tina said...

Safe travels for all of you & long naps for the kiddos on that plane ride!!! You're almost there! I can't wait to hear what Graeme does when he sees his beautiful room waiting for him in Kentucky! What a dream...

Emily said...

Graeme is such a cutie! I have enjoyed reading about your trip. We were in BengBu last year for a birth land tour (with our 10 year old daughter who is also a BengBu beauty), and visited the children at the orphanage.

Truly Blessed said...

So glad things seem better with you and Graeme. Such great news.

Enjoy Guangzhou!

redmaryjanes said...

You are almost home. Enjoy these last few days. Graeme is doing so well. I have loved following your journey!