Sunday, July 1, 2012

Picture Post From China

 Before J&J got Hannah, they did some sightseeing in Beijing. Here they are about to go on a rickshaw tour.

They visited a houtong. This is Johanna's description: Courtyard in a traditional houtong (the type of homes Chinese people lived in before modern apartments were available. Many of the older generations and people outside of the cities still live in these.) There are 8 rooms around a central courtyard, a shared kitchen, and community toilets that many houtongs share.

Tienanmen Square.

 The fare in China is a wee bit different than in America.

The Great Wall of China. After sightseeing in Beijing, they flew to the province that Hannah was staying in.

When Jerry and Johanna first met Hannah, she (Hannah) grabbed hold of Johanna's finger and held on tight. The workers at the orphanage had been reading the book J&J had send to Hannah long ago and Hannah recognized them. As you can see, Johanna thought that was pretty special. I cried, too, when I saw this picture.

There is nothing better in this world than your daughter (or son) sleeping on your lap. Nothing. Then they grow up. Sniff, sniff.

Hannah likes looking out their hotel window. Look at those delicious, chubby baby thighs.

Hannah taking a nap with Mommy. 

Visiting Kaifeng, where Hannah is from.

Hannah gets McDonald's for the first time. 

This is the group of people Jerry, Johanna and Hannah are traveling with. They were leaving Zhengzhou and going to Guangzhou.

Since we had Hannah-sleeping and Hannah-sleeping-with-Mommy, I thought it appropriate to add Hannah-sleeping-with-Daddy.

These are the most recent pictures and updates that I have gotten from Johanna. She said they were sick for a bit and had to take medicine that you stir in water and that it tasted nasty, but they are better now. Hannah has been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, having left everything she has ever known and come into a completely new and different life. Johanna described it as grieving. She'll be happy one minute and miserable the next. But, they were all sick together and Hannah had to turn to them for comfort and that is where the bonding and trusting comes in. They got Hannah's passport and come home in less than a week! I am so excited for them. It's hard for me to not tear up when I'm looking at these pictures.

There are more pictures I could post, but I don't want to overwhelm anyone. If you'd like to see more, leave a comment and I'll make another picture post.


Grandma said...

Nice update for everyone! They come home in 5 days!

Elspeth @ Breathing Grace said...

Congratulations, Johanna.