We are still not in Kansas, but we are also not in Taiyuan anymore.
We have arrived in Zenghzhou, and while I should be sleeping, I am posting. Though it is now 11:22 PM, I am sitting at the computer because....there is someone out there wondering if I am going to post today. Someone like me. You see, when my friends are in China, I anxiously await each new post. And...when there is one day when they don't I am terribly disappointed.
So, for any of you like me...this is for you!
This day feels like two days in one. We began very early. I got up at 5:30, because we had to be ready to go to the Civil Affairs at 9:00 this morning, which meant we had to leave the hotel at 8:30...all packed and ready to go for our train ride this afternoon.
Dang Qing Zhuang is now officially.....Ezekial Gunter Qingzhuang Mattox!!
While he has been a part of our family in our hearts for over a year now, today the Chinese government made it official. We have our official red book adoption registration.
It is hard to believe our little fellow has only been with us for 2 days. He has amazed us at his trust. When we put on our jackets, he puts his own. When we go, he sweetly follows. I wonderd how he would feel today, though, returning to the civil affairs office, if it would bring tears we have yet to see.
When we arrived at the civil affairs office, Qing Zhuang became very quiet. He began to look distraught. I asked our guide Helen to ask him if he was scared. He shook his head, but he still the smile was gone. He was no longer animated.
When the officals from the orphanage arrived they did not approach him at first. Finally, the director quietly called him over. I have no clue what he told him or asked him, but Zeke just nodded his head. I was so worried about him, thinking he must be sad to have to say Goodbye AGAIN.
When the director left the room at the end of the proceedings, we had a different thought. He was afraid we were going to leave him!!!! As soon athe the orphanage officials were out of the room, he livened back up. He began to talk and play again. Our guide Helen even said, "He now knows that Mama and Baba will never leave him. He is very happy you are his parents." What more could we ask for?
We went back to hotel just in time to have quick lunch before leaving Taiyuan. If you are in Shanxi, or going to Shanxi, I highly recommend the restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Shanxi Grand. It is a very upscale restaurant, but the back of the menu has affordable dishes. For $3, I had the best noodles I have ever eaten, flat noodles of some sort with shredded pork and garlic shoots. I'm sure I will never have anything like it again.
We left for the train station at 12:30. In a few days I will do a post about train travel. I loved the experience. Stan says to Whitney, "Your mother has taken me far out of my comfort zone today."
I have the girls in bed. Stan has Qingzhuang in another hotel room. Unfortunately, we do not have connecting rooms here at the Crowne Plaza. It is a super fancy place.
We get Drew tomorrow at 10 a.m., 10:00 PM your time on Tuesday.
BTW, tell our Brandon Happy Birthday today!!!