Today we took it easy, no government offices, and no sight seeing tours. We just strolled around the local park and mall, ate at the McDonalds (Karlie said she needed a break from Chinese food :) ) Lillee is getting much more comfortable with us, and starting to enjoy herself more.
We spent most of Monday at the Civil Affairs office finalizing all her paperwork and getting her passport. It was still less than 12 hours after getting her and she really missed her nanny. Lillee cried her heart out when she saw her at the CA's office, and we could see that her nanny was crying for her. Against what we've been told, we let them hug one last time. They were both so happy. There is no doubt that our little Lillee was loved!!!
We got off the plane from Bejing, were whisked away to the hotel and our little Lillee was waiting on us. All of the waiting and praying came to life in one moment! It was evident that Lillee loved her nanny and her nanny loved her just as much. We are so happy we had the chance to meet her nanny and talk to her. She even spoke English and answered so many questions. Lillee was extremely upset when the nanny left and we headed to the room. She cried, hit and pulled away for hours. Finally, a little after midnight, she passed out, We had a few tears when she woke up (in bed with us) in the morning but she started showing us glimpses of her cute personality and an occasional smile!
We have had the most wonderful time in Beijing. There is so much culture and history here and I cannot say enough about how kind the people are. Karlie is loving her new celebrity status. Everyone wants to have their kids picture made with her and she is being a very good sport about it. The food is different but delicious. Stephen did, however, think he was eating a red bell pepper only to discover it was some kind of pepper from hell!
We visit the Temple of Haven and The Summer Palace today and then catch a flight on Air China to Jinan. Lillee will be waiting on us at the hotel! Please pray for her heart to be open to us. We love that sweet girl so much!
We hope to update in about 18 hours with pictures of our new daughter! Internet is hit or miss here but we are going to do our best!