Hangzhou, Monday, May 17th at 9:30 PM
Once Wendy left for the evening there was not much speaking that could take place although we tried. We went for a walk down to West Lake and ended up at McD's for Joy and Jesse. We had bought an electronic translator machine before we left the US that I have been unable to figure out, however Wendy figured out what she could and passed it on to Michael and... sure enough... Michael and I had a break through this evening as he used his translator and I my Pocket Mandarin Dictionary to carry on brief but meaningful conversations with high fives and all as we progressed in our understanding of each other. I cannot imagine how emotionally tiring and life changing his reality must have become to him today. Whatever we were feeling in the car on the way paled in comparison to what we saw taking place for him. He showed little outward emotion in one sense, yet you could see that he was facing it all head on and actually embracing this new and totally unfamiliar life direction. I cannot think of anything in my own life that could measure up to the courage I witnessed in this young man today. It will be exciting to see and watch as Michael moves into this new chapter of life and begins to develop... I have to believe God has big plans for his life.
Joy and Jesse continue to enjoy their time together and at the same time develop a form of sibling rivalry. Jess is quite a character and cut up. What a different experience than the one we had when adopting Joy. He is slowly warming up to Meg and today was pretty huge in that I left to go shopping leaving Jesse to get lunch and a nap from Meg... we think we turned a corner.
Well it is time to head to bed as the big day has wiped me out too... Enjoy some pics from the day and our time in Hangzhou...