The faces of Philip and Rand – a day in pictures

This morning we went on a tour of Guangzhou.  Ironically, since it is Sunday morning, we started at a Buddhist temple.   Disregarding the fact that we don’t believe a thing about Buddhism, it was peaceful and beautiful – all that we’ve seen of Guangzhou is  beautiful –  for me, a lot of the beauty is in the fact that it is so tropical.

The change of scenery and a new hotel with new things to explore has been good for us.  We are ready to tackle the new week of challenges and appointments – especially the big medical one tomorrow which we know will be tough on Philip (and mama!!!).

When I uploaded the photos today there were close to 300! So I chose a few, mostly of the boys, and let them randomly upload to this post.  I’m tired and it was easiest so excuse the lack of organization!


This is typical Philip – we’ve learned he likes to keep his hands clean – especially when he’s eating.  So far, we’ve learned there isn’t much he doesn’t like.  Carrots (cooked or raw) are the only thing on the “no” list right now!



Philip has a HUGE personality.  We know there has, of course, been some acting out, but he is very moody and full of expressions.  When he’s mad we sure know it and when he’s happy he is doing a little dance or laughing!




We see this face a lot!


The “beautiful” Buddhist temple… I have had a really hard time paying attention to the “info” we are given from the guides.  Part of me doesn’t care very much and part of me is too busy with two toddlers!!!!  Maybe on the next trip I will absorb a little more depth of history and detail.

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This is China in a nutshell – construction cranes E V E R Y W H E R E…


And this is typical Smith:) Having a good time no matter what/where we are.  One of the best things about this trip is Rand.  We were up against a lot to bring him here.  Extra expense, extra work, extra criticism for sure, but it just wouldn’t be the same without him.  So many people didn’t think we should bring a 3 year old to China, but he has ROCKED it.  This is a rough two weeks for all adoptive parents and we see so many of them missing their other children/making the trip even harder.  We are thankful that we were able to make it work to bring him and that “Ema” could be here to help (we also have her to thank for clean socks and underwear as she has been washing them all out for us in the tub:)

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Other than prayer, the key to this trip has been snacks.  And sleep.  Both our boys have been taking 2+ hour naps each day and going to bed every night around 7:30pm.  Us too…although I usually get up after they fall asleep to write up the day;)

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Rand and I checked out the bone/ivory carvings – pretty amazing – especially the ivory balls with over 40 layers of carvings!

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This may look like a photo or painting but it is actually some pretty incredible embroidery – something the Guandong province is famous for.

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Thanks for keeping up with us and this long/random post.  We had a full and happy day – Philip was much more “adjusted” today as both google translate and our guides have helped to speak to him and explain what’s going on and what’s expected of him.  He continues to prove that he’s one amazing and bright child and definitely our son – and we are grateful to the ONE TRUE GOD who continues to see this journey, which He set in place, through.  5 more days to home…

5 Responses to The faces of Philip and Rand – a day in pictures

  1. Sandy Lampros March 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I have been so enchanted by this beautiful blog. The pictures are so full of love and expression. I think it is so wonderful that you were able to take Rand. This has enabled both your sons to bond from the beginning!! God has blessed these two boys by giving them you two and your wonderful families. Peace and love to you all. Sandy

  2. Emily Edson March 22, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Anna, LOVE LOVE your Posts! Fabulous Pics & info! AMAZING JOURNEY GOD has y’all on! SO Thankful He is the Director of it ALL! Hugs& Love!! Emily

  3. loretta Aldridge March 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I am so excited for all of you.

  4. Margaret Gregory March 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    I love following your journey. The pictures paint a wonderful story.
    You and Wes are truly amazing and giving people. You knew in your heart it was the right thing to do bringing Rand and it’s all working out. Thank God for Ema as well. Continued prayers for a safe and successful journey.
    As the Lord said “what so ever you do for the least of my brother so you do unto me”.
    The Lord is smiling down on you and Wes for sure.

  5. Fran White March 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Love this blog with your amazing photos capturing your journey!!! You and your family are such an inspiration to others!!! Love, hugs and prayers as you move forward this week, getting everyday closer to home!!

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