Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Trains, Planes and meeting the CCCWA

Well I tried to blog yesterday but the technology was not willing.  Yesterday was a transition day.  Erin Martin returned home.  A flight from Hunan to Shanghai, then Shanghai to Newark.  Then a two hour drive.  She should be landing in Newark about now.

Gongzhan, Rocky, Chelsea and I took the Bullet train from Hunan to Beijing.  Unfortunately it did not move like a bullet.  At times we went fast but mostly slow.  It took over 6 hours to arrive in Beijing.  Gongzhan and I made good use of the time.  We went over the kiddos and discussed how many children we saw.  How each SWI was different etc. all the particulars of the trip.  We have met amazing children wth great potential to grow and develop. 

Last night when we arrived in Beijing, we had a meeting at the CCCWA.  We got to meet with the director and presented him with the tribute quilt for CCCWA and waiting children.  He was very happy with the gift and thanked all the children for their beautiful art work.  They are having an exhibition in their building and it will hang there.

We then were treated to a tour of all the rooms where paperwork goes. Dinner with the Director, both Deputy Directors and many department heads ended the evening.  I was surprised at how many people spoke English.  It was a long day! 

So today will bring some new surprises.  I am going to New Day foster home.  Cant wait to see it and their beautiful kiddos.  I am going to post some pics.  I hope the technology works.