Thursday, February 23, 2006


Originally uploaded by aimeenance.


Click HERE to see Aimee get mobbed by the locals.

Today we took at trip to Fu Zhou (also called Linchuan) and saw the spot believed to be where Emma was left by her biological parents to be found. Whenever I looked for information about her home town it always said that Fu Zhou was a rural town and was mainly made up of farmers. In my mind we would be driving out to an area with nothing but dirt roads and a few building here and there. Wrong. Fu Zhou has over 3 million people (this is rural to the Chinese) and has a full city, tall buildings and crazy traffic. Not what most of us were expecting at all. We drove to the orphanage and were able to get out and take some pictures. I handed Emma to another woman on our trip to watch her (not to chance that she would remember the orphanage and get upset) so I could take pictures. To my surprise Emma was upset that I was handing her over. THis made me happy as she is starting to recognize that "yes" I am her mom. After we picked up the orphanage director he took us around town to the different finding spots of where our daughters were found. We saw Emma's "finding spot" which was in front of a computer shop on a very busy street. Once again, not what I was expecting. In a town like Fu Zhou they don't come across too many white faces. There was a point in our trip today where some of us got off the bus to take video and started to get swarmed. One of the men read my tag and pretty much told the entire block to come over and check out the Americans that are adopting...not like I can understand what he is really saying, but pretty sure that's about what he said. Then a pediatricion on the tour got off our bus with some stickers her gives out to his patients. Well these people acted like we were giving out $100 US bills. That really got the crowd going. After the stickers were gone some of the women noticed the "white" faces with Chinese babies through the bus windows. I told Phil to hold Emma up to the bus window. And of course she's staring out the bus window with her huge Emma smile. The whole thing was crazy. After our quick tour of Fu Zhou it was back to Nanchang. The bus ride one way was about 2 hours. The entire 4 hours round trip was amazing. If you ever think you've seen haven't seen a thing. Not to say these people aren't happy. Jiangxi is a pretty poor province all together.

We gave Emma another bath tonight which went OK. We had another great dinner at the hotel tonight and now it's time for PJ's. Oh ya.....months ago I was fretting about what I thought was the worst thing that could happen on this trip. Sure enough I bit into a pot sticker and my crown fell out! ARGGGGGGGG I knew this was going to happen. No worries...I have my stinkin' tooth wrapped in a napkin. Funny thing is I was talking about this in Hong Kong...the worst thing would be a crown falling out. I know the question has been "do they have salsa in China"? Well Hong Kong has salsa, not too sure about mainland China. But the real question is do they have Soy sauce in China? Eating real pot stickers and egg rolls....but no stinkin Soy sauce. Tonight we asked for soy sauce and got salt. After 5 servers we did end up with the real stuff. Emma is warming up and her personality is starting to show. She is an awesome person and we feel so lucky to have her. I think tomorrow we are going to shop.....we haven't bought too many gifts. And to answer and even bigger question.....we found out what was crawling off the plate in Hong Kong. Some sort of giant shrimp. We saw this "creature" again and asked our guide...he said it was a giant shrimp. Still not too sure......Phil and I think this thing was large enough to call a pet. Well it's time to call it "curtains".... More tomorrow.


At 5:08 AM, Blogger Kim M. said...

I found you guys on Red Thread Kids. I've enjoyed your journey. Emma is so sweet. I'm glad things are going great. Sorry about your tooth. Good luck on your plane ride. You are a wonderful family

Kim M. DTC 1/23/06

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask your fellow group members if anyone brought stuff to reseat a crown. I traveled to China with a temp crown and my dentist told me to buy the adhesive that would temporarily fix the problem if it fell out in China. It's sold over the counter. They may even sell it in China - you may want to ask your rep.

I love your blog - I'm totally reliving our trip through you!


At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for finding out what was crawling off the table! tasty! looks like you kids are having fun and emma is just the cutest! thanks for all the pics.

you need to hook up on some of those stickers- they were such a hit, you could bring those back as gifts!

love ya-


At 7:28 AM, Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Ok, after watching all of your videos (thank you so much for posting them) I am now motivated to master the dang video camera and figure out how to post stuff before our China trip. You guys have inspired me. So look out! Haha.

Emma is adorable. And so sorry about the tooth. At least you have salsa though, that's something!

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Journey to Mia Lin said...

Loving the videos. you will have to let me know how you got them on your blog. I haven't figured out how to link to them like that.
Love watching your journey and getting excited for ours!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Tracy said...

It sounds like y'all are having just a wonderful experience! I am loving the pics and videos, keep em coming

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like another day full of adventures!

It must have been bittersweet to see the "spot." I am glad that you got the opportunity to visit there and take some pictures, but more importantly, I am sooo glad Emma was upset that you were handing her off. Yipeee!

Sorry about the crown, no fun! Luckily, you saw another "shrimp" and found out what it is!?!?

Love the pic of Emma the duck from the otherday after bathing! Looking forward to hearing/ reading more tomorrow!

Love, Heidi

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

It's the running of the bulls ...Chinese style. Great pictures and posts of your beautiful new daughter. Emma is a doll.




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