We met our guide bright and early this morning to go to the US consulate for the interview and taking of the oath. I signed the final two pieces of paper here in China. Hopefully we will have all paperwork tomorrow, for our return trip. I say hopefully, because their visa system was down this morning and we cannot leave without the issuing of the visa - PLEASE say a prayer that our guide is able to pick them up as scheduled tomorrow at 3:30. We went to the mall this afternoon, and also walked through the open air markets. The sights and smells were unlike any we have at home. It would be difficult to describe - everything from pets, to dried seahorse, to scorpions and everything in between. We learned this afternoon that the hotel had overbooked their rooms and they told us we would have to move to another room tomorrow (for one night!) They were moving us to a room with one king size bed. I pointed out there were four of us and that we had a reservation until Saturday and had already paid weeks ago. They finally relented and said we could move to the room next door (also a king size bed and for $30
we could rent a roll away bed!) Our guide tried to reason with them, but they wouldn't budge - I wouldn't either. So our guide suggested we go ahead and go to the mall and he would call his agency. Within about 5 minutes he had a call back that all was taken care of and we wouldn't have to move rooms after all. I am grateful it was taken care of, because tomorrow is our day to get everything together for the trip home, and moving the girls to a new room would disrupt them even more. That was about our excitement for the day. One more day to get through before we can get on that plane!!!!!
You know how, when you have your first child, if the pacifier falls on the floor, you boil it before giving back to the child? With the second child, if it's dropped, you stick it under some warm water and give it back to them. By your third child, when it falls, you pick it up, stick it in your own mouth, and then give it back. Well, with our first adoption, we probably used three bottles (or more) of hand sanitizer and no telling how many diaper wipes. Before we got Elli, we wouldn't even walk on the hotel floor in our bare feet. After we got her, we were rolling all over the floor - forget house shoes!!! This time, however, we skipped all three of those 'stages' and went straight to the 6th stage - eating off the airport floor, skipping the hand sanitizer, using stir sticks for our tea that we don't have a clue where they have been (surely the hot tea will kill the germs - right?), eating unknown foods, and I won't even get into the subject of the condition of some of the bathrooms we have used! The things is, we've survived them all, and only a few stomach aches to show for all our lack of cleanliness. God has kept us healthy and safe, and we are so grateful for His answer to all of your prayers!