Day five- Paperwork and Pool Day

18 07 2011

We completed the long morning of paperwork. It was relatively painless. Our interview was conducted in a group setting and the interpreter was a very LOUD man. So, everything from our age, annual income and reasons for adoption were projected across the room. Just not my idea of fun. But that is over and she is our little blessing. Then we headed off to explore the town and find a local grocery store. (Don’t worry Mom..we had a hotel card and guides phone number in case we got lost!) Our afternoon was spent in the pool. Melody DOES NOT like to swim. In her defense, the indoor pool was freezing!? I totally understand why she did not want to play in cold water. We were able to spend some time with another family who is adopting a beautiful 12-year-old girl. It was fun to relax and let the children plus Dad, of course play in the pool.

Melody has been happy most of today. She only gets upset when I try to take her to the restroom. I am not sure why but she does not want to go. She also is painfully shy around strangers especially large groups of people. Today our guide said, “Are you sure she can talk?” The funniest part is that once we get in our room she just chatters away in Chinese. Today we enjoyed listening to her repeat our English words. She’s making progress in communication. Our day was not too hurried and relaxing after the paperwork was over and I think that we all needed a day like this!

Your sweet comments and emails are keeping us going each morning and afternoon! Thank you so much for praying! We really feel all the prayers daily. We look forward to introducing you to this adorable little girl. Good Night from Hohhot, China!








10 responses

18 07 2011

Greg and I are sitting here cracking up at the swim caps! Joy where is yours?
You gotta love China for that one!
Little miss is adorable and looks like she is doing great!
Can’t wait to see you again.
Praying you through!
Jennifer and Greg

18 07 2011

Love the pictures today! I agree with Jennifer, the swim cap pictures are priceless!!! You have to frame those. The look on Melody’s face while she is wearing hers totally cracks me up. Sounds like you had a fun day and I am glad you were able to meet the other family that was there. We all miss you but are so happy that you are there are doing great. Will be praying that the bathroom issues work themselves out. Love you much!!

18 07 2011
Paula Ladnier

Love the swim caps, guys! Can’t wait to meet that adorable little girl. What a precious face. Thank you for keeping us updated.
Praying for you,
Mark and Paula

18 07 2011
K,S,& D

What’s up with the swim caps? Hey is that Greg Louganos or Doug? Looks like you all are having such FUN!!

MIss you,
Love, K,S & D

18 07 2011

We have been enjoying all the pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing the blessing your family has received!! She has such a sweet face and it going to be a great addition to your family. We love you guys and wish you many blessings as you continue the rest of your journey towards coming home.
Continuing to send prayers your way!
Heather, Scot, Brady and Maddie

18 07 2011

What funny pics!!! All that was missing were the Speedos and goggles! I’m sure Big Daddy was rock’in the backstroke!!!

So glad you are getting some down time to relax! Can’t wait to see you all!

Sending love and blessings your way!


18 07 2011

What a blessing it is to be able to follow your journey. Thank you so much for sharing yourselves with us – and most especially with your newest treasure.

18 07 2011
Laura Stearns

It’s been so great seeing your smiling faces in the pictures, it almost makes up for missing your smiling faces for bagels yesterday. I showed off some pics to the other Brueggers girls and we all agree: She is beautiful and we miss you! Enjoy the travels, your first wonderful days with your new family member, and come home safely!

18 07 2011
Jeanette R.

awwwww, love all of the pictures you posted! Glad you are through the paperwork and had a low key day. She is so precious! will be praying for the potty issues, I’m sure the more comfortable she becomes, the more relaxed and willing she will be to go. Sending you my love and prayers!!!!

18 07 2011

Oh how precious she is… glad things are turning around… hugs…

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