Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tired but Good...
As we are wrapping up our day and you are beginning yours, we wanted to give you a brief update. Yesterday morning we had to go back to the adoption office to finalize some of our paperwork. Emily was very worried and uncertain about going back there from the moment we got into the van. She clung to Julie and she was not interested in interacting with anyone. Last night we found a really great restaurant on the 8th floor of a department store. I know...sounds crazy, but it was delicious. Hunan pork, Thai fried rice, fried rice with chicken and pineapple. Complete with a "semi-cold" Coke (it's been almost impossible to find any cold drinks here...we are craving a big Sonic drink). Emily ate like a champ and even giggled and smiled at us. She allowed us to tickle her for a few moments and gave us a glimpse into who we believe she really is. Julie and I were amazed and can't wait to see that side of her more often. We finished off the meal with a little ice cream from McDonald's and headed back to the hotel. We were hanging out with our friends, Paul, Amy and their newly adopted daughter. It was so much fun to share this time with them.
Back at the hotel, Julie bathed Emily (which she really likes) and got her ready for bed. Everyone was ready for bed except Emily! She ended up sleeping great, but it took her awhile to get there. She loves to be held and rocked only by Julie while standing and this has become Julie's new workout! Sometimes at the slightest bending of the knees or touch of the chair and Emily is quick to let us know that she would rather be standing. Last night, after a long cry, she gave in while resting in my arms and it was a sweet feeling. I look forward to the day when that is the natural thing for her to do.
Today we toured a museum with our guide, spent some quality time in the room and had dinner at the same place as last night. Bring on the Hunan! Contrary to last night, we did not get to see Emily "come alive" during dinner, but she still ate well and we enjoyed the time together. She is still adjusting and normally only stops crying when she is eating, sleeping, bathing or if Julie is holding her. She did much better going to sleep tonight and for that we are very thankful. We keep reminding ourselves to take it one step at a time and sometimes those steps are "baby steps".
Please keep praying! There are times discouragement tries to creep in and we know it's not welcome here! We are also missing our oldest two children and cannot wait to have our family together! And of course, pray for sweet Emily and all that she has gone through and is still going through. We are daily asking our Father for wisdom in how to comfort her and how to show her love in a way she can receive it right now.
Look forward to updating you more tomorrow. Good Night from Wuhan City.