to China for Clementine: a day to rest

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Yesterday was our consulate appointment. Before we could do that, we had to run upstairs to revisit the medical doctors who had seen Clementine on Saturday. Thankfully we got the all clear and we were given her medical paperwork to submit with our visa paperwork. One hand-raising oath, some passport checking and a few fingerprints […]

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to China for Clementine: sisters

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Today was a shopping day. Something I’m usually pretty good at. Sophie, too. We looked at pearls and jade. Silk purses and chopsticks. But we wanted to be sure we didn’t overdo it. And with Clementine in tow, we were all a little distracted. In a very good way. So we opted out of the […]

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to China for Clementine: the medical

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Yesterday, I posted as we were leaving Changsha. Things were good. We were ready to go. Bags check. Passport for Clementine check. Tickets check. Food/toys/bib/blanket/bottle/medicine/carrier check.

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to China for Clementine: to Guangzhou

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Today we head to Guangzhou. Which means that, other than the necessary traveling we will do, we are staying put in the hotel until it’s go time. Clementine is still rattly, but seems to be making improvements daily. So, since it’s a quiet day for us, I thought I’d take the chance to write down […]

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to China for Clementine: Martyr’s Park

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With the okay of our wonderful pediatrician for a short excursion in good weather, we bundled up our girl and headed out. Since this is the closest we will get to her hometown of Loudi (a three hour drive each way so a visit this trip was just not possible), we wanted to see a […]

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to China for Clementine: a down day

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Today we rested. It just seemed like the obvious choice with our girl still so sick. Which meant staying in the room and doing everything we could to keep her anxiety to a minimum. It also meant keeping the camera out of her face. But after she woke up, took a bottle and filled a […]

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to china for Clementine: at last

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Today was the day. After several false starts and heart wrenching delays, Clementine day has arrived. The day started out slowly as we readied ourselves (much like we did yesterday, as that was supposed to be the big day) and silently braced for the possibility of another late morning phone call with news we did […]

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to China for Clementine: the Great Wall

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Yesterday was a roller-coaster of emotion. Before we even headed down to breakfast, we got a phone call from our guide, Helen. Chris took the call. Despite the fact that I was all the way across the room, I could make out a few words. Sick. Hospital. Pneumonia. Our plans for the day – to […]

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to China for Clementine

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We are here. We landed safely yesterday and other than a certain someone tossing her cookies in the immigration line, it was a flawless travel day. We arrived at our hotel with just enough time to catch our breath and brush our teeth. Then we went out for a short walk to a local noodle […]

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I’m gonna miss ‘em.

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So what does a mama do, when she should be packing for China? She ventures into the fall-colored woods with her kiddos and takes pictures of their sweet faces. Because she’s gonna miss ‘em. Crazy to me that I’ll be leaving in a little over 24 hours. And I’ll be away for 2 whole weeks. […]

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