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I didn’t realize it before we left, but upon our return, we will have spent time in the three largest cities in China. We have already hit Beijing, and we are currently in Guangzhou. We will exit through Shanghai, which is very significant to us as that’s where the Shanghai Healing Home is, where J was cared for.

Today, we were tourists in Guangzhou. There is something amazing about being in a city with thousands of years of history behind it. That is something that you just cannot even get close to experiencing in the United States.

We visited Temple of the Six Banyan Trees this morning. This traditional pagoda was smack in the center, and it was definitely amazing to see. It was built almost one thousand years ago, and it leaned slightly to the left. I have never been to a Buddhist temple, and I have to say, I was struck by the sacrifices, the bowing, the incense, the Buddha’s… There is no god like our GOD.IMG_4678 We also visited the Chen Family Temple that is now the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. Another structure with amazing history, and amazing architectural detail. It currently showcases prominent crafts and trades of Chinese culture. IMG_4687I don’t think this little buddy was that impressed. Our morning was actually quite challenging… You should see him listen to our guides when they give him instructions in a language he understands. I think we learned today that some of the behavioral challenges just might have way more to do with our language barrier than we initially imagined. Grace, grace, grace…
IMG_4690Carvings…IMG_4692 IMG_4693 IMG_4707 IMG_4708 IMG_4713 IMG_4714I know we both appreciate the opportunity to see some of the amazing things in the cities we are visiting. More importantly, we value this time we have with our new son to bond, and truly focus on him. But, as each day passes, we become more anxious to return home. We miss our other three kids terribly! They are thankfully in great hands, ad we know they are having a blast, but, we are anxious to love on them again ourselves. IMG_3867 IMG_3868 IMG_3861Our little firecrackers.

This is undoubtedly the hardest stretch of our trip. We love the notes and messages you have been sending. It means so much to us to know that you are thinking of us, walking with us on this journey, and praying for us. We miss you dearly.