Today began with a sleepy little lady. After sleeping all night, Ada woke up hungry and still sleepy. So after her bottle and another call to the brothers, she fell back asleep and we took shifts for breakfast. Poor baby still has a fever and a general “nothing is quite right” kind of attitude. She gives us glimpses of her playful and opinionated personality, usually the first hour following her Tylenol dose but then is back to averting her eyes from others’ glances and swatting at the toys we hoped would entertain her. And though this is not easy (caring for a sick baby who’s world has been turned upside down… while being a bit upside down yourself) she is showing preference for us over others. And it is sweet… reassuring even. The truth is, yesterday felt like I was prayerfully persevering to care for her, whereas today feels more like I’m caring for her in love. Love is growing, our love for her is changing. please pray with us as we learn how to best love our sweet Ada and as she learns to trust us.
We prepared the gifts for the orphanage caregivers today before leaving our hotel. Of course along with two other bags, the baby carrier, the baby and necessary paperwork we left the gifts in the hotel. Eh, no worries, we got them delivered this afternoon.
Then we went to the Civil Affairs office for a morning of paperwork, and fingerprinting and our repeated assurance to love and care for Ada always. When awake, our little lady wants us holding her and moving around. No sitting! And heaven forbid we let the guide or other orphanage workers attempt to make her smile… she won’t have it!
And remember how we had to have that Happy Family photo yesterday? It turned out like this…
Oh yeah, pretty happy. I look about as thrilled with the photographer’s clucking sounds and flashing lights as Ada does. Only Mark had a good humor about the whole thing. He’s a happy guy to have around and I’m so thankful for his laughs and joyful attitude!
After time with 3 other families at civil affairs, we were driven to the Police Station for passports and more photos… this time it wasn’t so bad!
She gobbled up a lunch of congee and kept Mark and I two-stepping around the room for over an hour while she fell asleep in our arms. There was no sitting down on the job! My goodness, she’s already got us wrapped around her little finger. She’s still out now and Mark is headed out to do some laundry equipped with a quick lesson from Google translate. Fingers crossed!
We’ve got a bit more paperwork this evening and then the rest of our days in Lanzhou should be a bit more touristy and less official. We leave for Guangzhou on Friday for another week of official paperwork and official waiting. 😉