Back to China: Day 16

We woke up bright and early today, not because we had to, but because we were ready to get Day 15 started. We had a short video call with the girls and my mom before we left for the airport. Once we boarded the plane, we were informed that because of bad weather, there was…

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Back to China: Day 15

I woke up today with a sense of excitement. Not only were we packing and taking a three hour van ride to Hong Kong, but we also got a change of scenery with a new hotel. It takes very little to excite us these days. One final pic before we headed out. No goodbyes. Til…

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Back to China: Day 14

This morning, we had our appointment at the US Consulate. We’ve completed the China side of our adoption. This appointment was the final step here to obtain Caston’s visa to travel home. Before we adopted Caleb, I always perceived that this was a big important ordeal. People bought special outfits for this appointment, and they…

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Back to China: Day 13

This morning, we visited the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall. We had a tea tasting there, and we saw some beautiful arts and crafts.  Braden and Zhou went to the electronics market again. It is by far Braden’s favorite part of the trip. He would go every day (and I think maybe be actually has). Thant…

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Back to China: Day 12

Today, we visited the Guangzhou zoo. All the babies did pretty well. Caleb was interested in all the animals, and he enjoyed the freedom of being able to walk everywhere this morning.  Kevin and Braden went out again this afternoon while Caleb napped. Until now, we’ve had the boys’ naps in sync, but today has…

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Back to China: Day 11

We didn’t have an early morning appointment today, so we took advantage of a lazy morning. Zhou showed up at our room around 9:45 to make sure we were ok. He played with the kids and chatted while Kevin did laundry and I stood there putting on makeup. He truly is just one of us. …

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Back to China: Day 10

Today all we had on the paperwork agenda was the medical appointment. This is a required step to get Caston’s visa to travel home. I laugh every time I think about the wine vending machine in the lobby. Caleb’s like, “Here, Mom, you’re gonna need this.” Caston posed nicely for his visa pic. If you’ve…

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Back to China: Day 9

I love this picture of Caston. Laid back on the way to breakfast! Today, we went to Zhongshan Mountain. It was a fun little hike that brought us to an amazing view of Nanjing. When we got to the top, I was scolded in Chinese by several grandmothers because a couple of inches of Caston’s…

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Back to China: Day 8

A little bonding between the bros before we started our day. Today was the orphanage visit. It didn’t mean much for Caston because he was only there a month before he was transferred to his foster center. It meant more for me to be there. I was so incredibly sick last year that I missed…

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Back to China: Day 7

Today, we did a whole lot of nothing, and it took all day to do it. After breakfast, we left for the train station. We took a 75 minute train ride from Nanjing to Xuzhou.The boys did great! They slept almost the entire time.  After we got settled in our hotel and had lunch, we…

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