Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Let's See Where Dan-Dan Was Found and Raised!

Today we checked out of the White Swan to travel for 5 1/2 hours by bus to the city of Maoming. Elizabeth was raised in the Maonan Social Welfare Institute from the time she was found on 1/23 until we got her. Prior to leaving, we stopped by the Security Documents Office and got her Chinese Passport. And then it was off to Maoming.

To say it was bumpy was an understatement. We were soon reminded as to all the things we forgot about parenting an infant. Bottles, rags, diapers, wipes, toys, etc.. Add to the dynamic that you can only use bottled water, makes it all that much more cumbersome. But worth all the effort. She is a joy!

Just out of Guangzhou, we saw families tending their small agricultural plots, hoeing, weeding, watering and caring for their lifeblood. After about an hour we stopped for dinner at Cantonese restaurant and had our first glimpse of how the Chinese use everything.

We saw sandworms, water beetles, squids, insects, and even a freshly killed cayman.

Our guide said the only thing with legs that the Cantonese don't eat is a table and the only thing with wings they don't eat is an airplane.

We got back on the bus and proceeded to drive for another 4 hours. We checked into the hotel and were in bed by 11:45pm. Tomorrow, we'll visit the Orphanage, give our gifts to the caretakers and director (including Matt & Tim giving infant toothbrushes to the orphanage as a Scout service project), visit the finding places and lastly go to a beach. Then it's back to the hotel, where we'll prepare to drive back the next day to Guangzhou.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and while we won't have a big turkey dinner, nor will be with our immediate family, we can't think of a more appropriate way of spending the day: Help the orphanage who cared for our little girl in such a selfless manner. We truly are thankful to these gracious people who toil in anonymity out not only in China but throughout the world.


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