Isabel is going back to China.....and now we are home

Isabel is going back to China.....and now we are home
we will be here until all our kids have a family of their own

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sunday in China....

After almost 24 hrs of travel....3 planes and 4 airports and several layovers.... we arrived last night at around 10pm. We flew Victoria to Vancouver, up over Alaska, across the Bering Sea and Siberia to Beijing and then on to Xi'an.  ( a little geography for Izzy's class there). We are jet lagging but have started to settle in. I was up at 6 am and Isabel by 8 and then it was upstairs to meet the babies.....21 of them in a three bedroom apartment, plus 6 nannies, the director Amanda and several volunteers. Talk about culture shock!!! But children are children the world over and these are easy to love. (Christine we are doing what you asked of us and Cailean is as sweet as you said....Cindy and Pat have taken many many photos and videos and promise to send them on. He is adorable in his new duds.) We are in a near by apartment and can nip in and out of the foster home at any time. Isabel is doing great although everyone assumes she speaks Mandarin and they launch into it routinely. She has fallen for a little two year old named Lily and has made her a special buddy. I have bonded with a tiny baby who just had her surgery and needs a little TLC.  I will try for photos and videos and sincerely hope they get through ..but not tonight. We miss home and everyone but I think we can be of some service here. Food is amazing!!!


Christine said...

Yippeee! You are there! I really look forward to following along. Cindy did send me a video clip of the brought me to tears. He was wearing the little outfit you brought for me. THANKS! :) Have fun with all the kiddies. Say hi to everyone for me...I am sure you already did. tee hee Thinking of you both.
God Bless
PS I am not sure if this will work as I don't know if you received my last comment. :)
Who is the two year old Isabel is loving?

Shauna said...

Norma & Isabel,
I was thrilled when Laurie sent me the link to your blog. I will be following your adventure with my boys from Ottawa. They learned tons about Korea and Thailand when a former sitter traveled there to teach English a few years ago. I love the internet!
Cheers, Shauna

Anonymous said...

Woo! Everyone loves Izzy! I knew it! Should I tell the class about this site? I think you would look and see 846703 comments, cus you know how Jack is! I miss you! See you soon! (PS my email is still down but you can use my parents'; why didn't I think of that before!?)