Fast forward one week home. Emma seems to be settling in. For most of last week she continued to say she wanted to go back to China, but the last couple of days have been better. She's worried about learning English, and she's homesick for a place that is no longer home. That is a hard pill to swallow for an 11 year old girl. Thankfully, Erin still speaks Chinese, and they've been talking quite a bit. She's helping us translate, which is nice so I can save Xiaoyun for the deeper conversations.
Friday night Zeb and Dana rented out a pool just for us to use. This was the first time Emma had met them or Sierra, and it was a wonderful way for them to get to know each other. Emily and Melody, and my mom and David were there as well. Emma, the girl who said she doesn't like the water, stayed in the pool the entire time!! She laughed and interacted with everyone. We all enjoyed ourselves so much, and I told Zeb it was the breath of fresh air I needed. Since then, she seems happier. She is becoming much more affectionate, and has hugged me and Virgil quite a bit.
As usual, the trip was hard on this 52 year old body. I've had a hard week physically, which was compounded by the fact I ended up with an infection. Antibiotics made a world of difference, and by Friday I was starting to feel like myself again. Virgil and the girls have taken good care of me, and allowed me to take it easy until I was feeling better.
Today we were able to go to church. Since we now no longer have a vehicle that will hold us all, we both drove, and I was prepared to come home with Emma early if she became unhappy. She actually did well, and greeted those who spoke to her. It was so good to be back in church!! Afterwards, some of the family came over for lunch. The photos below were made this afternoon.
Praising God for his faithfulness!!