I stopped by over at Curls and Purls to see what arrangements Lis had made for posting to her blog while she’s in China. Guess what? She made arrangements for you and I to report on her news from China. So here goes, from your curly-haired (NOT!) New York correspondent Kay Gardiner, live on location (sitting at her computer receiving emails) di-reckly from China:
I have arrived safe and sound in Beijing!! All I can say about Beijing is OMG! It is nothing like any other city I have ever been to, yet exactly like every major city I have visited!!
The plane ride was god awful….13 hours on a plane is not pretty, no matter how you slice it. The plane was packed and I was in the back of the plane in a MIDDLE seat. Need I say any more.
So, I must admit that I am experiencing a million emotions right now –joy, fear, love, excitement, apprehension. Every emotion and feeling is heightened. I am experiencing nothing like I have ever experienced before.
There are ten other families with me on this trip. Several families have daughters who are in the same orphanage as Jamie…their daughters arrived at the orphanage on or close to the date Jamie did. Accordingly, they spent the first year of their lives together as sisters ofanother kind.
More to follow
Since I know all of Lis’s readers love pictures, I have taken the liberty of including pictures from my time in China in July 2002. Insert some colder weather, grayer skies, and better hair, and I’m sure it’s pretty much what Lis is encountering right now.
(Rosie’s on the right–THE ONE IN THE HANDKNIT.)
(Rosie in Ancestral Baby Bjorn being driven by Auntie Kay — insert curly hair.)
Meeting friends along the way. This time Rosie’s mom Diana is operating the Baby Bjorn.
Another baby girl in our group, with Tommy, her new big brother. Remembering Tommy’s tender care of his little sis, and the prodigious pile of trinkets a determined 14-year-old boy amassed in two weeks of souvenir-shopping — I’m farklempt. I hope there’s a Tommy in Lis’s entourage.
If my 2002 journey with Rosie’s mom is any guide, I believe Lis is probably holding Jamie right now, and wondering (in Lis-speak): OMG! What do I do now? This is unlike any baby I have ever held! This is MY baby! OMG! OMG!
Bless Your Heart, Lis, we are thinking of you and your darling girl.