It’s been a busy day, but a good one. We started the day at the US Consulate office. We had a bit of a scare there because when we went through the first security check point, the security officer didn’t have us on the list of guests for the day. We’ve had this appointment for weeks. Our entire trip was planned around this one appointment. Kathy, our guide, was saying, “Don’t panic. Don’t worry,” over and over. So I just panicked silently! When in the world would they have an opening? Could we be here weeks longer? Thankfully, when the security officer finally got someone from the US Consulate Adoption Office to answer on the radio, and he said, “Timothy Joe Sharp”, the response I heard was “He An Ning” (Kate’s Chinese name). They knew us!!! Woo Hoo! Once we finally got in, all went smoothly.I know I’ve mentioned that Kate gets car sick. We had another episode on the way back from the consulate office. She’s thrown up in the car twice in the past three days. I sure hope it gets better in the US!

Due to our delay at the consulate and having to clean her up, we barely made the next bus at 11:30, but I was determined to go to the Pearl Market. I purchased a set of pearls for Kate’s 18th birthday and a jade pendant for her 16th. Tim and I bought Sophia a jade pendant as well to thank her for everything she’s done on the trip. She is in love with it. 

We then took a taxi to Shamian Island to meet the Nichols one last time. Memories of our time on the island when we adopted Sophia came flooding back. We had so much fun walking the streets, taking in the sights, and shopping. I can honestly say that I didn’t realize how good we had it on Shamian Island back in 2005. To just be able to run out and do some shopping or take a walk while Sophia was napping was so much fun. The hotel we’re in this time is not nearly as convenient to all of the little shops. We also found today that prices are still much better on the island. I hope that once the White Swan is renovated, I can stay there again. For our 2005 travel group: We saw The White Swan up close today, and it looks awful. This is a MAJOR renovation.

We hung out at the hotel tonight and had Papa John’s delivered. Yes…Papa John’s!!! It tasted the most like the American version of anything we’ve had since we have been here. I’m pretty sure it was Kate’s first piece as she didn’t seem to know how to hold a slice of pizza.

Overall, Kate had a great day today. While we had our moments of car sick and another grieving episode when we left the Nichols, for the most part she’s been pretty funny today. Bella June’s family brought her a DS, and she’s turned into the official photographer of the trip. Today, she showed Kate how to pose, and I haven’t been able to get a picture of her since that she’s not in this strange pose. We have laughed our heads off, and she knows how funny we think it is. Can’t wait till I can post pictures to show you!

Some Shamian Island Pictures…

The pose that Bella June taught Kate

Before a couple marries, they have photos taken for their wedding album. In Guangzhou, Shamian Island is the place to do this. Just walking the streets, you see lots of couples having pictures made, commercials are being made, photos for advertisements, etc. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this couple as they were having photos made for their wedding album.

Still posing

Sophia found a red fan to purchase!

We were out and about during nap time, so she fell asleep in the stroller.

I so wanted Kate in the line of kids. She was sleeping though. Sophia offered to fill in as “the assistant teacher at the back of the line” if I would include the red fan in the picture. Sure…why not?! I needed another picture of her with the red fan. 🙂 Oh well, I’m sure Kate wouldn’t have gotten in line anyway. She would have posed.

Love this statue. It shows the changing style of Chinese women over the years. Sophia wanted to be in the front to show that she’s the next generation.

I dressed Kate in red/white/blue today for the Consulate appointment, but cameras are not permitted on the property. Tonight, it hit me that I needed a consulate outfit picture. What would make me think I could get one without “the pose”?!?!

She cracks herself up!

Today was our last full day in Guangzhou. We leave on a van around 4:00 p.m. tomorrow for Hong Kong. We will stay overnight there and then board our flight just before noon on Friday to head home. (That’s midnight Thursday at home.) The countdown to coming home is on. We miss you Ella and can’t wait to see you!!!



  1. Those square plastic tubs you get in the hospital come in handy as “throw up buckets”. We always keep one in the car. If Kate is getting sick that often, she will quickly learn to use it. (I think Isaac was independent with it by the time he was 2:).) Congratulations, by the way. Looking forward to meeting Kate.

  2. Just now able to leave a commment again…computer has been messed up. So glad that Kate is settling in and you will be home soon! Can’t wait to meet your newest little blessing. Safe travels home!

  3. Cant wait to meet Kate and see you all. We are praying for a safe trip!! And yahoo PAPA JOHNS! Tell Kate that her uncle Ben will make her the best Papa Johns Pizza in the world when she gets to the US.

  4. It sure sounds like you are haveing a really good trip but I am sure you will be glad to get home. I hope all of your travels go very snooth and that everyone is able to sleep a long, long time on the flight back home. I will be looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting Kate. Mary Sue

  5. Your in the home stretch!!!! Can’t wait to see pics, hope to see you guys soon!!! Prayers for safe travels HOME!!!!

    Much Love, Kim & Avery

  6. Thank you for sharing all of your adventures, I have really enjoyed reading about what you have gone through each day, the good and the bad. I can’t wait to see the pictures and meet Kate.

  7. Have safe travels home! Can’t wait to see pictures and meet Kate! I have loved reading about all your adventures! See you soon!

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