Day 10: A Fresh Start in Guangzhou by cscottshepherd on March 22, 2014 Before I begin my blog: I received word tonight that my grandmother from my mother’s side (Ethel Jones) died yesterday. My Nanamama was absolutely wonderful! Some of my fondest memories of my childhood took place with her, and even in her 90′s she was so much fun to be with. While I miss her dearly, I know she has been freed from her pain and now has the chance to be with her precious husband, my Nanadaddy, and her son, Butch. I so wish I could be at home to comfort my Mom and to attend the funeral. But we rejoice at her Homecoming! I am happy to report that the progress and breakthroughs from yesterday have continued through today! Yea! I (Scott) have been feeling under the weather all day, so we’re going to make it short and sweet. Grace enjoying a banana at breakfast The hotel provides a free breakfast for its guests. The breakfasts in both Jinan and Guangzhou have been amazing! Along with traditional American fare, we were also able to choose from steamed dumplings, broccoli, tofu, noodles, rice, etc. We love our healthy eater! Grace took this picture at breakfast After breakfast we boarded a bus with eight other families who are also with our adoption agency. (Lifeline Children’s Services in Birmingham, AL) Guide explaining the day’s plan to a full bus Grace at first of five medical checks Grace with ENT Grace and her doll (Shamilla) weighed in at 22kg Mom during Grace’s TB Test Grace had to go in for the TB test by herself. She was very brave and only got a little teary-eyed. The clinic was CUH-RAZY with children screaming everywhere. She has a few bumps that gave the doctor some concern. Grace told him they were mosquito bites but he has asked to see us again before she is given a clean bill of health. Please pray that we can pass this next health inspection. We are ready to go home! After the insanity of the clinic visit, Grace and Mom headed back to the room. I went off to get bottled water, since the tap water in China is undrinkable. Also, apparently the mosquitos are bad in this province. Mosquito repellent patch in our hotel welcome bag Crib decorated with stickers The hotel put a crib in our room, probably because many families are adopting younger children. Grace thought the crib was hilarious and used it as a place to put about 5,345 stickers. Pic Grace took of crib She was so proud of her work and spent a few minutes photographing it. While Scott was out working on MORE paperwork, I stayed in the room with Grace. (Traci blogging now!) I had hoped that she would take a nap but no such luck! Wall Climber She started climbing the wall in the room, so I tried to find something else for her to do. I was still dreaming of a nap for her, and I thought maybe she could fall asleep watching a little TV. (My first lazy parenting moment of the week) Creepy kids TV show Our options were…um…not good! Plus, since I don’t speak Mandarin, I was hesitant to have her watch just anything. Chinese TV seems pretty tame compared to the US, but I still needed to keep tabs on what she was watching. I have no idea…. This brought a laugh! She enjoyed walking around with her belly “poofed” out like the Sumo wrestler So….back to climbing the wall it was! Later on in the day our group walked to a Mexican restaurant (!) and enjoyed a great meal and even better fellowship. It was nice for Grace to see other Chinese children with American families. We are enjoying getting to know these families and hearing the stories of the precious children they are adopting. Today has been an amazing day! Grace has given us many smiles and giggles and NO tears!!!!! She is beginning to say a few phrases. Tonight she said, “You are so smart” and “You are so beautiful!” I have been telling her that a lot and it is good to know she is listening. This afternoon she had fun pointing at the flowers in the hotel lobby and saying “flower”. Thank you all for your love and prayers!