We started the day at the Forbidden City. The girls have been hitting it off with so many of the girls on the tour. I have a friend who I 'met' on the Internet when we were both adopting our first daughters. We have kept in touch through the years and her three daughters are similar ages to our three oldest. We didn't realize we were both on this tour until a few months ago. So fun! Definitely a sweet bonus from God.
Panda rode around the Forbidden City in my camera bag. He was too tired to walk.
My girls and Linda's girls
Lunch in a Hutong family home
Pathway along the lake in the Hutong areaAfter that it was off to the CCCWA-- the Chinese Center for Adoption. During our adoptions, it was the place of great mystery and the focus of our thoughts and prayers. They handled the paperwork for all of the babies and adoptive parents. There is a department called the "Matching Room" where the babies and parents are matched. Only Jillian and Molly were chosen for us this way. After that we chose our children from waiting child lists -- but the matches were still confirmed and processed in the matching room. I think most of the parents got a bit emotional today as we entered the building. Their current site is not where they were located when we adopted most of our kids. They moved there in 2007, so only Jordan, Zoey and Kate would have been matched there. We were allowed to see the room and also the thick files holding all the information of current children waiting to be matched in the room next door. It was pretty moving.
The girls then went upstairs and had a lesson in Chinese calligraphy. So fun for them! They did a great job. The hardest characters for them were their names.
'Rolex' watches....very cheaper for you.
Mom's new grandson, Kevin.