Monday, December 22, 2008

china trip: shopping, peking duck and friends

who's ticking me?

I can hardly believe that this is our last night in China. It is bittersweet, we are looking forward to coming home and getting settled into life, but on the other hand we are leaving our daughters birth country and a country and culture that we are loving every minute of. That being said, we'll also miss not having to do the washing, cleaning and cooking - a big bonus!

Today was a day of this, that and the other thing. First we drove by Tiananmen Square, yes we were too wimpy to walk two miles and brace the cold weather with our little ones! After the drive by we went back to the pearl markets for a little more last minute shopping. For lunch Lili, (who is part of the company that provides the guide service) took us out and spoiled us with a famous Beijing dish, Peking Duck, it was really yummy, Lilah enjoyed it too! Lilah's visa arrived today also, the last piece of paperwork within China, so now we are all set to travel tomorrow. Then this evening we met up with one of our really good Chinese friends (we originally met in Ottawa) and is back in China for a while. It was so nice to see him and for him to meet our Lilah.

You can see more pictures from today here.


  1. Lovely photos - especially love the ones of Lilah in her tiger hat. Yum Peking duck! Thanks for sharing your journey to Lilah - look forward to continuing to watch her grow and bond with her forever family. Safe travels and Merry Christmas, Wendy

  2. Hi Colin & Jill,

    I love looking at your pictures! The little videos you took of her playing peekaboo, feeding her dolly and giggling in your arms are precious! I'm so pleased you are enjoying China, your pictures are professional quality. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, it means so much. Can't wait to meet your little girlie!

    PS: Brace yourself for the cold, it's -16 today, brrrr!

  3. Wow! One journey coming to a close and a new journey beginning... Can't wait to see you and your precious, Lilah. Praying that you will have a safe and good travel home.
    Lots of love,
    Thanks again for posting all the pics and info. of your time in China. Much appreciated!!

  4. Oh this photo is precious!! Lilah is truly something special~such a beauty! So you will be home for Christmas? That is GREAT! I am sure you will be blissfully exhausted.

    I will pray for easy travel and a smooth tranistion home for you all:)


  5. Have a safe trip home tomorrow! You'll be happy to know that there will be lots of snow here in Ottawa for Christmas =)
    Andrea xo

  6. I can't believe it is your last night in China.... what a joy and blessing it has been to follow your journey!

    Praying for smooth travels!!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. oh my golly she is beautifl and you blog is amazing you are aolmost home
    love julia ruthie and karen

  8. BEAUTIFUL GIRL! It goes by fast, doesn't it? Say hi to Lily for us! SHe was our guide in Beijing too... and I remember the peking duck! YUM! Safe travels home. N

  9. You wait so long to travel to China and then finally, you're there. Then, it seems, in a blink of an eye, the trip is over. I wish you safe travel back home and wonderful, joyous Christmas! I so enjoyed following your jouney. Lilah is beautiful and you make a happy, precious family together. Congratulations! Sarah