This morning we packed up and loaded the bus bound for the airport.  We said goodbye to Yisha and Vivienne – Rand especially becomes attached to our guides and is so concerned we have to leave them!

All of our travel group was on the same flight. The Chinese people on the plane clapped and cheered when the pilot landed – not sure if that was because of all the kids or something that they do…

Rand did great – he really has the hang of things and likes flying.

Philip slept for most of it – probably because it was naptime and he was worn out from the fit he had when we made him stay buckled in his seat.

When he gets mad he has the funniest little attitude and he takes off his shoes and throws them (now we know why he knows how to put on his shoes and socks so well by himself).  Then he completely shuts down for a little while.


This is the only photo I took today – he’s been through so much having moved orphanages twice in his life and now probably having no clue what is going to happen. It’s hard to see him worried like this, but he also needs to learn to behave.  We are in new territory with all of that!

Thankfully he is catching on fast because the language barrier is harder than I expected for now.  The guides have given him a talking to in Chinese several times and he stands there and looks them in the eyes and nods his head listening to every word.  But I think he has them fooled:)

Our guides in this new city are great and our hotel is HUGE and connected to a metro – which we use the tunnels for crossing the street it is so busy! We walked around the block for dinner and it was really nice to be able to be outside and breathe the air!

Tomorrow we are going on a tour of the city before our appointments for the week start up on Monday.  I will take more photos to post!

We are thankful to all be feeling good and looking forward to our time in Guangzhou and getting to know Philip better!

love to everyone – thanks for following along!

4 Responses to Guangzhou

  1. Happy and George March 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi Phillip and Rand, Wes and Anna, and my dear Edie, your journey and journal has blessed us each and every day. We read it to whomever we are with! Lots of tears and lots of joy! Thank you for taking the time to take all of us with you. Our love and prayers, Happy and George

  2. Shannon March 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Oh Anna and Wes!! It’s fun to relive our experience through you guys. It’s Kenan’s Gotcha Day today so I’m thinking about everything a whole bunch today. Also, Vivienne was our guide too!! We LOVED her!! Praying for y’all.

  3. Tina and Fred Pfeiffer March 22, 2015 at 3:36 am #

    Big steps for little feet!!! Glad Philip has small shoes since they go airborne sometimes!!! Love to all of you!!

  4. Rebekah Giannini March 22, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    It has been such a privilege to follow your journey through your blog–what an amazing story God is writing for Phillip and for you! Ava, Judah and I have been praying every morning for your trip and your transition. Thank you so much for making it easy for us to participate and know how to pray. We are so excited for you all (and I won’t mention how many times I have cried reading your posts!).

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