Friday, July 21, 2006

A Day in Beijing Waiting for Lily Grace

Hello Everyone,

The internet seems to be functioning a little better now, so maybe the blogs will get unclogged! Today we spent the day just being tourists in Beijing. There are many things to see and do here in Beijing, but probably the thing we did most was see little Chinese girls and long to get to Nanchang to get Lily Grace! We're only a few hours away now from leaving Beijing for Nanchang and WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER! There are quite a few adoptive families staying in the same hotel as us, so it makes us wish the days would hurry up so we can get to Nanchang.

Austin and Yichi (Yichi was a great help in first getting to Beijing)

In the meantime, we whiled away the time by touring the Ming tombs, the Great Wall, the Jade Factory, the Crosney Factory (they make beautiful copper vases and paintings), and the Silk factory. We also had lunch at a local Chinese restaurant above the Crosney Factory - we actually did eat a few things. When they got a good luck at us, they brought out a tray of French fries! We will have many things to tell Lily Grace about her country. They are a very proud and very skilled people. For the most part, they are also very, very patient. More of them than we expected speak English, so communicating hasn't been that big of a deal. We had a wonderful tour guide today named Harry, yes I said Harry. Our driver was Mr. Lee. Mr. Lee didn't say much but was a very skilled driver - very important here in Beijing! Harry was funny and full of stories and legends about the Forbidden City, the Ming tombs, and the Great Wall.

Jerry, Connie, and Austin at the Great Wall

We are all just about over the jetlag from the trip over, but still tired. Haven't eaten that much, mostly breakfast. After breakfast tomorrow, we will leave for airport and Nanchang. It's getting closer and closer now.

An expert in chopsticks (ha ha) teaches how to use the utinsels!
Where's the ketchup?

Please keep praying for us,
With Much Love,
Jerry, Connie, Austin, and Lily Grace


Regina said...

Ya'll look great! So happy for you...glad they have the french fries available. Andrew was concerned about you being hungry. Prayers

Drew and Lori said...

I LOVE THE PICTURES!! you look GREAT in China! And what pros with the chopsticks! I can't believe you are so close- I have chills all over- we can't stand it here in Alabama! Now, I know how you felt 3 months ago when we were there! ha! We love you all and praying every day!

Linda said...

Hi everyone!! Checking your BLOG everyday, its great! Jane and Connie talked to HERMAN last night, he's doing good. Hey, Jane you seen a COSCO overthere.

Linda (sis)

tracie said...

loved the pictures, the food looked great, Jerry might have to carry around a fork. Looks like your having a wonderful time, I can't wait until Monday.
God Bless

gretta said...

Hey Gang! It sounds like you all are having a great time. I know the waiting is the hardest part but it will be here before you know it. You all take care and keep us posted. Love, Gretta

DeEtte said...

Oh - this is already making me reminisce! I'm SO VERY exctied for you all! Can't wait to see the pics of Lily Grace!! I'm praying for all of you and checking your blog every night.

KelleyLew said...

Hey Connie Jo!!!!! Been checking your blogs every day. I was glad to hear no news of chickens!!! Love the pictures. Can't wait to see LILY!!!!! I'm so happy for all of you!!!

Don and Sara said...

Looks like you are all having a great time. She is beautiful. Have a safe trip home.