Yesterday, we celebrated seven years with Li. Seven years…
Sort of a mind-boggling figure in some ways.
Part of that celebration was looking back at what led up to that day in Nanchang, and the days and weeks immediately after, both through the lenses of our collective memories and through what I captured here (which was a great reminder to me of why I occasionally scribble something here and a strong encouragement for me to continue doing so).
… home again, jiggedy-jig.
The past couple of days are basically a blur. My head, my stomach, my watch, and my little girl are all still operating on different timezones, which is resulting in a weird dizzy sort of feeling.
The last day in Guangzhou was some shopping and a little exploring off Shamian Island on our own in the morning, and then the big event where we took the visa oath on behalf of Li so that she could travel with us. Thursday was a 31-hour day, starting with a 4:30am wakeup to get going for the airport and the first of four legs of plane travel to make it home. The flights themselves were pretty uneventful; we were a little late getting out of Hong Kong, but we still had plenty of time in LA between connections. Li is teething — it looks like the first little molar is trying to poke through — so she was pretty fussy at times on the planes. The first four hours or so on the Hong Kong to LA flight were pretty tough, but after that she conked out and slept until we were landing in LA.
Li is down napping for a bit right now, which is probably a good thing, as last night by the time we made it home she was exhausted but her clock was still on mid-day in China so the last thing she wanted was to go to bed and sleep. She was up until about 3am before sleeping a few hours. I’m sure it is going to take all of us a few days to get back into any sort of routine and to get our bodies back on Mountain time.
Thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers these past two weeks. You have no idea how much they have meant to us and how much they have helped.
In addition to our little girl, we brought back lots of pictures and even more memories. Over the next few days, I hope to pull some of those together in a couple more posts to try to share some of our experiences with all of you…