All done, the steps to get Phoebe's visa that makes her a citizen as soon as she comes in to the USA. YEAH!
We'll get that back today (tomorrow for you all), then leave here Thursday morn. Please pray we are hearing a big storm for Pennsylvania coming and I really, really want to go home.
We have over 2 hrs to get home from the airport of driving. We are so blessed to have a back up plan- actually 2 if we can only get to Harrisburg but the desire to see my own bed is great. As well as those people in my house too:) Kidding MOM, I miss the people most.
|Susan's Camille, Caitlin and my Phoebe|
It was funny that in the check out line a school girl said "Hi" and I asked her why she was wearing thick black glass frames -- no lens? Her friend had better English and said "Fashion". Hummm. I think I'll pass on that one?
Phoebe read for a little while then returned to her Barbies. She loves her Barbies and will spend countless time dressing and playing with them. She only has 2 here, one from Grandma and one from me, since I wasn't sure what she would enjoy playing with I only brought a few things.
|Phoebe (youngest) Susan's Caitlin and Jean's Mia|
On the way back to the hotel Phoebe looked up at me and said "I love you mama", in Chinese. First time she told me that on her own, not me saying it first:) It was sooo sweet and sincere. This child is just soaking in being loved and coming to loving us.
We fed the fish again, we can't miss that or Princess gets very sad. She loves the little pond area and can navigate there pretty well. As well as boss the younger kids in a game of "follow the leader"- at least that's what it looked like to us parents:)
Then supper at Princess Phoebe got her first "No." She asked for Sprite and although it would not have hurt, I figured she's gonna need to hear NO sooner than later. So I told her "No." She wasn't thrilled when she saw Susan's girls all getting it but I told her again, "No." She pouted a bit but bounced back when food arrived.
The only issues we have seen with her is very typical (and cultural) for these kids - sometimes too rough in play, nose picking, using middle finger to point, lack of toilet paper use when peeing, burping and loud. Again, Chloe is a lifesaver and will be doing instruction 101 for Phoebe AND Caitlin today before we go home. (Don't worry MOM we "tip" her-- yep, she's getting RMB to help:)
|My fancy supper (about $6)|
Seriously who shaves the front of their head to the top then has a ponytail with elaborate braiding in back? (Hey we might just get a picture of that for "someone" *Hi Mike* at church) Ha ha ha ha.
|Chloe and Susan's Claire|
It's given her confidence and maturity in regards to speaking Chinese. She has gone from wanting to pretend she doesn't speak Chinese to readily helping and it makes such a huge difference for us.
|No manners left, sorry Baba|
Off to get the girls going and to breakfast:)