Today is Monday, January 25th. We have one of our last steps to this adoption process today, our consulate appointment. We had to meet our guide at 8:50 am so we ate a quick breakfast and got to the meeting place. We were on our way to the US consulate in China. We were very excited to finally reach this goal. We gathered our documents and started walking toward a very crowded area filled with many Chinese people. They were in line to try to get a Visa to visit the US. The first thing I noticed was our beautiful flag blowing in the wind. Those colors never looked better! As a US citizen, our line was very short and we walked right in to wait in the adoption area. There were many other adoptive families waiting as well. It just felt like yesterday when we were in that very same room adopting our little Toby. Two years ago, he was running all over that room not caring at all about obedience, respecting others, or sharing. Today, he still had some of those issues, but I did see a different boy. I even talked to him about when we were there with him and he asked me "Did I improve?" I smiled and said "Yes my sweet boy..yes" Bringing Toby with us was the best decision! Yes, he is still a handful, but he is growing as a person by seeing where he has come from to where he is now. He is also really taking Talia under his wings and teaching her alot of signs.
My favorite thing in that entire room was the bathroom. Real American toilets!!!! I was thrilled!! It was clean, had toilet paper AND paper towels. They even had instructions on the wall on how to use it and how to not use it. Quite interesting, but after two weeks here, that is necessary to do. (:
Our number was called and we started the process. We ended with raising our right hand and taking an oath. This appointment was to get Talia's visa and her immigration all lined up so she will become a US citizen upon arrival into the US.
We went back to the hotel, ate a quick bite at McDonalds and then met the group to go to the Guangzhou zoo. We arrived at the zoo and mapped out our plan to see our favorites. ..giraffes, elephants, and the giant panda. Upon arrival of the panda area, the kids were very excited, but just like many zoos, there are more disappointments because of the lack of enthusiasm of the animals. Well the giant panda was a disappointment. He was in a glass enclosure that no one could even see through. Oh well..
Our kiddos were pretty tired and grumpy by the end of the trip so we took a break in the room . We headed to dinner at a highly recommended place called Jo Mao Jo. We had a great meal with some new friends that also adopted this week.
The weather was sunny and cold,but we will take it. In 12 days, there had only been 2 sunny days so today was a treat!!
Two more full days here in China before our voyage back home begins. Looking forward to proudly display my American flag when I get home and enjoying my bathroom. (: