Jinci Temple 2

Jinci Temple
So much happens in a day that it is hard to record it all. Our last official day in Taiyuan we visited the Jinci Temple, a garden park that is home to some of the oldest buildings in all of China. In the 11th century BC, King Cheng made his younger brother, Yu, the ruler ...

Visiting the Happy Place, part 2 3

If you haven’t already, read part one of our visit to our son’s orphanage. There was a cry from a window above. A woman called out to us, and though I didn’t understand most of what she said, I could make out two words. “Pengjun!” she cried. That is the name the orphanage director gave ...

Visiting the Happy Place, part 1 1

Visiting the Happy Place, part 1
We finally left Taiyuan after 130PM for the 90 minute drive to Xinzhou. The road had been closed all morning due to mudslides as a result of the heavy rains the day before. It is a major highway that connects the two cities, and from Taiyuan it starts literally on the edge of town, at ...

Sibling Rivalry 1

So far m has been a real champ when it comes to having a little brother. She watched him while we finalized the adoption yesterday. She plays with him on the floor of our hotel, holds his hand while we walk to dinner, and loves to feed him. She even got to try out the ...

Finalization 3

Finalization
The rain came today, hard and heavy, and this “little” town of 4.2 million souls seemed ill prepared for it. Streets flooded, and traffic snarled. Some intersections were knee deep with flowing rain water, and drivers were understandably reluctant to push their vehicles into it. Shortly before she was to meet us, our guide sent ...

Beeter-flies 2

Beeter-flies
There’s not much happening in Taiyuan today for us. We spent most of the day sitting around our hotel. Literally, aside from a short jaunt out this morning we have been inside our room all day. I left the room shortly to go to the grocery store next door. We wanted to get a little ...

The girl reads 1

The girl reads
She discovered Peanuts on the flight to Beijing. In a bookstore in that city, surrounded by books in another language, she discovered how the storied comic started. And once again she was lost in another world.

The second leg is the beginning 1

The second leg is the beginning
We had just landed in Taiyuan, and outside the windows of the plane we could see a nearly blue sky and our first glimpse of the sun in four days. Little m and I had both slept through this flight, while M had stared out the window for the ninety minute flight. “Are you ready ...

She’s a Celebrity 2

She's a Celebrity
Yesterday we got the opportunity to visit the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is located about a quarter mile from our hotel, and it is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Beijing. Our guide Susan was amazing at telling us many interesting historical facts about the palace and about its former inhabitants. ...

Climbing the Great Wall 1

Climbing the Great Wall
Before 221 BCE China was composed of seven kingdoms who fought constantly. In that year, Qin Shi Huang of the Qin state conquered the other six kingdoms and unified the country for the first time. China was born. During this Warring States Period, as it came to be known, each kingdom built different levels of ...