Happy Thanksgiving! It was not a holiday in China, today! We left this morning to visit a typical village in rural China. Of the 1.3 billion people in China, 75% of them live in the conditions that we visited. It was very eye opening. All of the babies in our group came from villages like we visited. It made me want to hug Addison closer and get her home. We took a lot of pictures, but they feel very personal for Addison, and I think I will save them to someday share with her when she has questions about her heritage. I think about the sacrifice her birthmom had to endure, in order to give Addison a better life. She was abandoned, but these babies are abandoned in places where they know they will be found, and then cared for. You cannot imagine how poor these people are, and the conditions they live in. And yet, they were the most kind, polite and content people I have ever met. It was very humbling.
We were also able to visit some porcelain shops today, which Jiangxi is known for its beautiful porcelain. I was able to pick up a couple of little souvenirs to someday pass on to Addison. For thanksgiving lunch, we were VERY thankful for some McDonalds!!
Before dinner tonight, our group of 11 families met for some time of prayer and thanksgiving. It was an awesome time as we thanked our father for giving us the ultimate example of adoption and unconditional love. Then we tried to get all the babies to sit for a group picture. You will see in the pictures we weren't very successful!! We ate together as a group at our hotel restaurant buffet. They had prepared one small turkey and were surprised when it didn't feed our whole group! Riley and I tried a few things, and finally settled on eating some chocolate cake and coke!! Happy Thanksgiving to us! ha
Tomorrow we finish up a few formalities of paperwork, and then fly out of here to Guangzhou,
our last stop. We are feeling ready to come home. My jeans are fitting looser, and I am out of M&M's.
Russ and I want to share how thankful we are for all of our friends and family today. We thank God for the gift of this precious little life He has entrusted to us, and we thank Him for the precious lives of our other 2 children. We are blessed beyond measure, and thank each of you for being a part of our lives.
With much love and thankfulness
Russ Becki Alyssa Riley and Addison