We had a great last day in Guangzhou. We finished buying Kate’s China gifts. I put one back for each year until she is 18. Not that they are huge gifts, but it does take a lot of time and planning. I will give her a gift from China on each birthday, wrapped in red. I also bought her enough Chinese dresses to make it to age 8. Other than that, we did some souvenir shopping. This can be tricky with weight limits on luggage. I think I made it work though!
More brides on Shamian Island
The girls and Tim spent some time swimming while I packed. Kate’s visa and consulate approval arrived at the hotel at 4:30, so we headed out.
Remember how I was happy that we were taking a van rather than the train? Well, the van was pretty miserable too. Our driver was downright erratic, and the traffic was terrible. I don’t even know how to describe how bad it was. He swerved in and out of traffic the whole way, slammed on the brakes, let on and off the gas so that we were constantly slowing down/speeding up, played music from the early 80s and sang along,…you get my drift. Sophia and I were both feeling car sick, and of course you know how badly Kate does in a moving vehicle. Let’s just say that I was so thankful when we made it to the hotel without anyone throwing up. At one point, I thought to myself, “Maybe we could offer for Tim to drive and this guy just join us for the ride.” A matter of minutes later, Tim whispered, “I wish I could have rented a car.” Seriously…it was miserable. Sophia announced to us that it was the worst three hours of the trip. It kind of made the 15 ½ hour flight from Hong Kong to Chicago not seem so bad though.
As we were nearing the hotel tonight, Sophia said, “I want to go home.” I’ve asked her several times over the past two weeks if she wanted to go home, and she said no each time. But, here we are – she’s done. I said, “What if I told you that we could climb The Great Wall tomorrow or go home. Which would you choose?” She said, “Go home.” I said, “What if I told you that we could go to Hong Kong Disneyland tomorrow or go home. Which would you choose?” Again, she said, “Go home.” I said, “I’m with you, sister!”
We’re done. We miss Ella terribly. We want you all to meet our daughter. It’s time to be home. Thank you for following our journey. This is not the end of my posting as I have a TON of pictures to share. You’d like to see if this kid we’ve talked about for the past week and a half is real, right?! As soon as I can wake myself Saturday, I’ll start putting pictures up.
Lexington, KY – 6:15 Friday night. Woo Hoo!