Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jade and Pearl markets

This will be a short post today.  We have been having trouble accessing the internet at all from our laptop, so I am using the computer that came with the hotel room. (?!)  I can't upload pictures to this computer, but hopefully we'll be able to figure something out tomorrow.  Maybe our laptop will work from Starbucks? 
We went to the jade market and pearl market this afternoon with our Holt group.  It was crazy.  We found some beautiful things and were able to do pretty well bargaining on the prices.  But I've never seen anything like it before.  The jade market was like a huge flea market, only everyone was selling the same things.  It was hot and smoky, but worth a trip anyway.  The pearl market is basically a six-story shopping mall filled with only jewelry stores -- pearls, silver, colored beads, etc.  We bought Elizabeth and Amelia each a strand of pearls for when they are older.  We chose the pearls we liked, and the girls in the store strung them while we waited. 
We went to a Thai restaurant for dinner called Cow and Bridge.  We waited a long time (which seems to be the norm here) but the food was excellent.  Again, there were many things on the menu that in my opinion shouldn't be classified as food, but we all found something that was tasty and not scary.
Tomorrow if the weather is nice we are going to go with the other Holt families to the Safari park.  This is something our kids have been looking forward to, so I hope we are able to go.  We are all getting ready to be home.  We miss the food, especially fruits and vegetables.  I am very tired of not knowing where anything is and trying to live out of five suitcases and seven carry-on bags.  Please pray that we will finish our time here well and with good attitudes.  Please pray also for our flight home.  We didn't buy a seat for Amelia, and it's going to be a LONG ride home.  Right now there is a seat next to our five that is open.  We would be so thankful if it stayed that way so we would have a little room to spread out.  Good night from Guangzhou!


  1. I hope you'll have an extra seat for Amelia so you can have room for everyone on the flight home! I have been planning to take our laptop when we travel, but now I think maybe I won't if there isn't easy access to the Internet.

  2. Hang in there gang! You'll be on your way home in no time, but just try to cherish the moments for now and soak up as much as you'll be glad you did later! It is a long trip, and yes a very different land, but you will have so much to reflect on (and laugh about) when you come home and for years to come!! Praying that the Lord will daily renew your spirits and give you great endurance for this last leg of your journey! We love you all and hope you can rest in the peace of God knowing he goes before you and will supply all you need to finish well. He who has began a good work is faithful to complete it.....

  3. Hello beautiful family! Can't wait to meet Amelia up close! Love and prayers from the USA. :) :) :)

  4. When we checked in for flights home w/ Josiah, they automatically changed our seats to the bulkhead seats right behind first class (lots of space & sometimes a pull down "bed" for babes). However, since you are coming home from China, there may be too many other adoptive families on the flight to accommodate. The flight home was the roughest one for us. We will definitely be praying over yours!!!

  5. It sounds like your days are wonderfully full... I will be praying that the Lord will refresh you with energy, bless you with patience, and encourage you in the next few days and on the trip home!

    "Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield." ~Psalm 5:11-12

    And your fridge is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables as of this afternoon, so you can look forward to a healthy snack when you walk in your door :)