We had a busy Sunday. Grace scheduled a city tour for us that included a Buddhist temple, a folk art museum, and an arts/crafts market.
I nearly had a meltdown at the temple. It’s really mostly an outdoor sort of place with a few inner rooms. It was so sad to me to see people burning incense and leaving fruit, money, and flowers at the feet of statues. I had this lump in my throat the whole time we were there. I was sad that these people don’t know Jesus and it pained me to be in a place like this. I also couldn’t help but think of my children who will have the opportunity to hear the gospel in America. It was Sunday, and I just wanted to be in my church worshiping God. Tim turned to me to say something to the effect of, “What is going on here?!” and I just couldn’t hold back the tears. While this was overall not a good experience, two good things came of it. Tim and I were able to relate this experience to Sophia regarding the need for world missionaries, and on a less serious note, we enjoyed the nine foot pagoda on the property. It was really neat to see.
Our next stop was the Chan Family Home which has been converted to a folk art museum. The four folk arts of China are embroidery, jade carvings, bone carvings, and porcelain. We were able to see all four. We visited this same museum when we adopted Sophia, so it was fun to go back again and to be able to say to her, “You did this when you were a baby!” When we were there in 2005, I took a picture of Tim holding Sophia in front of a golden rooster statue. I love that picture and joked with Sophia that she and Tim could recreate it today. Well, the rooster is gone, but she wouldn’t let go of the idea of recreating the picture, so they posed in front of another statue. I really think she was just looking for a reason for Tim to hold her! J Once I can add pictures, I’ll put it on here.
Our last stop was an arts/crafts market. We enjoyed looking at all of the pretty things and watch a few artisans.
Tonight we had dinner with six of the eleven families at a Chinese restaurant. It was really good. We wrapped up the day with a swim. Even Kate got in the pool! One more sign that we are making progress!
Right now we are sitting in bed. She’s playing Legos while talking to herself in Chinese. I can’t even tell you how sweet that little voice is speaking Chinese. I am cherishing every moment of it because I know without daily practice, she won’t hold on to it. Makes me sad to think about. It’s soooo sweet!