Brooklyn continues to open up more and more with us each day. She is such a sweet little thing! We definitely are in love with her. But keep praying for us as we balance training her and being sensitive to the trauma she has endured of being stripped away from her foster family. I have been trying for a week to get a kiss from her....2 days ago she gave me my first one. Tonight she took a bath without screaming...actually she screamed when I took her out. Forward progress I would say. We keep hearing more giggles out of her too.
Yesterday we explored a nearby museum. The sight of the museum was originally planned to be a hotel before they discovered it was a burial place for an ancient king. We were able to explore where the tomb was and some of the items found. After the museum we walked around the block. We discovered a neighborhood where the locals live and shop. Doug has always wanted to see something like this so he was excited (but it made some of our kids pretty nervous). One area we entered had any kind of meat you would like to buy. Pork, chicken, beef, octopus, squid, eel, frog, and a few mystery meats. It was quite the site. No food safety standards in this market. And if you were in need of a new bra you could buy one of those on your way out.
Today we visited the Safari Park like we did when we adopted Jack. It was quite the adventure again. The kids will not be satisfied with the Chaffee Zoo for some time.
Well we are packed up and boarding a train at 9am tomorrow. We will then start our journey from Hong Kong to LA all day Saturday. We will leave at 3pm July 11 and return at 6pm July 11 in LA. The nice thing about traveling back is we get our day back. We will then stay the night in LA and travel home on Sunday. I am really looking forward to my own bed, drinks with ice, and something other than dumplings to eat. I love the food here but I think I'm done with it for a little bit. Please keep us in your prayers. Pray that we can keep Brooklyn entertained on the long flight home and that she will get some rest too. I forgot to mention that after our consulate appt on Thursday we took her back to the medical clinic to see the doctor. He prescribed her some antibiotics for bronchitis. She had a cough since day one and it has continued to progress. Hopefully the antibiotics will have begun to alleviate some of her discomfort.
I'll leave you will some pictures from the last couple of days:
|Being silly at Shamian Island|
|Our new friends|
|Brooklyn and her foster sister|
|One of our travel families|
|Bath time fun!|