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 ...

A View from Above 2

A View from Above
Our flight, as the best flights are, was uneventful save for the extra hour we were on the tarmac at Dulles while we waited for a storm to clear out of our flight path. Food was served shortly after takeoff, and then the lights were shut off and we settled in for the long ride. ...

Final Preparations 2

Final Preparations
Before I go on a trip, after I’ve packed and gotten my toiletries put in my bag, after I’ve laid out the books I’m going to take, and the power cords and the computer, after everything is done, I make my final preparation for travel. I take my box of fountain pens and select upwards ...

Taking the time 1

Taking the time
I have a lot on my plate. In less than a handful of days we leave for China, and when we return there will be four of us, not just three. And I have so much still to do, so much to check off, before we go. There’s paperwork to get together that we’ll need ...