We arrived in Guangzhou late last night, and we are so happy to be here. Xian was a rough place to be. We have been able to see all of the other families that we started with in Beijing, but now they each have their children. It is such a blessing to see them all with these precious children, and also be with people that are going through some of the same struggles.
The hotel is absolutely beautiful, and the area is much nicer than the previous two cities. This morning we had Hayley's visa photo taken and medical check (that was fun). And we were able to get some shopping in on the Island...so much fun! Hayley strutted her stuff, as we walked from store to store. She is definitely full of spunk, and a bit sassy. :-) She is really doing better day by day. She keeps us laughing, and thinks that she is hysterical. Hayley still only lets me hold her, and fortunately is a tiny little thing. She is only 23lbs! I have had to stitch some of her 24 month size clothes, so they don't fall off. She is starting to respond to Nate more and more. She laughs at his funny faces, and on occasion will let him hold her hand. And they run through the halls together which is one of her favorite times of the day. So overall that is improving too. I am praying that before we leave here, she lets him hold her! He is a good dad, and can't wait to hold his little girl!
I was talking to a friend that has been a wonderful support for me this week, and she said it perfectly...it is like all of the sudden you start to see this light in them. That is what we are starting to see...Hayley's little light shine through. I can't wait to see more and more of this little personality! Nightime and naptime are the hardest times...that is when all the kicking and screaming comes out. But I am sure that is when most of her fear and anxiety comes out, as for all of us. It always seems better in the morning. I cannot even begin to imagine all the emotions and anxiety that she is going through. But I know that God will give us what we need to help her cope.
Overall, things are going better day by day. I am so ready to come home. I miss Aidan and Cameron so much, and cannot wait to squeeze them! I will post more pics over the next day or so!