We are alive and well in Beijing!! It has been busy since we got here, but it has so much fun watching Xiaoyun take in the sights and sounds of China again. Virgil and I loved showing her the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. She’s had two authentic meals and loved every bite!!! Yesterday, once we got settled in the room, we met some friends who live here, and they took us to a ‘hot pot’ restaurant. It was quite an experience, and I actually tried several things I’ve never eaten before (I am a wimpy eater). We also took our first subway ride. By far, Xiaoyun’s favorite thing was the book store Josh and Leyah took us to. In about five minutes she had an armful of books, and we had to remind her of our 44 lb weight limit per suitcase for the flight. I may have to really sacrifice and leave my peanut butter here in Beijing (which is probably as sacrificial as I can be ;-) ) We found out that our guide here in Beijing will travel with us to Nini’s province, which is so nice! Shirley has been wonderful and has a great sense of humor. We went to a store down the street tonight, and realized Xiaoyun is a serious bargainer!!! I was looking at a scarf, and Xiaoyun starts grilling the lady about the quality of the merchandise and telling her she was way overpriced. Guess I’ll let Xiaoyun do all the shopping from now on ;-)
We also got a few tidbits about the girls today. Eva Ximi’s paperwork said she is ’happy all the time’. Eliza NiNi’s says she is ‘active and outgoing’. It’s hard to believe that in less than 48 hours we will have NiNi in our arms! We leave about lunch tomorrow, heading for Harbin. Soon we will hold both girls in our arms! Thanks for the prayers and please keep them coming!!!