same globe, not so much same country

My observations from today…

1.  There are flowers EVERYWHERE.  ‘Window’ boxes on the sides of the interstates, huge ‘trees’ made from stacks of potted flowers alongside the sidewalks, flowers in the medians.  It is amazing.

2.  And next to the flowers is DIRT.  Everywhere.  It is disgusting.  There is no litter – I have yet to see a piece of trash on the ground.  But dirty, dirty, dirty.  Everything is covered in this film of dirt.  When you come home after being out you have this layer of dirt on you.  Cars are covered in dust.  I have no idea where it comes from but it is there – and no one seems to care.

3.  Construction is out the whazoo.  I have never in my life seen so many building being constructed.  At least 10 skyscrapers are being built just in the few city blocks where we are.  And when you drive to the other parts of the city it is just the same.  Absolutely amazing.   A two year old boy’s paradise!

4.  The food is gross.  I mean really, fish heads?  Heads of anything are not meant to be eaten.

5.  People.  Thousands. Millions.  It is unbelievable how many people are in this city.  17 million actually.  People everywhere.  It doesn’t matter what time it is, where you are, they are swarming.  I don’t know about the one-child policy in terms of Christian theology, but I can certainly understand how the government would need to do something.  I have never seen so many people in my life.


Quiet & Quirky said...

Amazing how the Lord has prepared the coming days - He knew way before your prayer in February of the day when you and Lydia would meet. amazing...amazing...amazing. Continuing to pray for all of you. Dean & Chris

susan said...

How absolutely amazing that you are in China. I think back to being in Kenya, hard to believe I was in Africa. So far away, yet still in God's loving arms, being cared for every step of the way. I pray God will show you miracles along your path. Enjoy the time getting to know Lydia. I am praying for you and look forward to meeting your new family member. God bless you. love, susan reiser

Kelly said...

24 more hours! I have butterflies in my stomach for y'all! It's bloody hot here, and very smoky! Hopefully it will have cleared by the time Lydia arrives in VB. Libby was near tears today when she discovered the box she's prepared for "Alydia" had been smushed. I reassured her we could unsmush it; then she left it with me for safe keeping from Evelyn, "and make sure Mrs. Sanzone gives it to 'Alydia'." Sorry, looks like you'll be receiving the lovingly decorated shoebox after all! We're looking forward to hanging out with the AC Monday...and now counting the hours til we hear of the L-train's Happy Forever Family Day! Really miss y'all! So glad you seem to be having fun! OH, TOMORROW!!!!!!