Every year we go to Vancouver B.C. for the Chinese New Year Parade. It’s always a favorite day for our kids. We get
Knox Nathaniel Yundi,
I want to record our trip for you in words. I know there is a lot of your history we don’t, and won’t know, so I wanted to make this as detailed as possible for you.
Days 1-2 in China:
I am pretty amazed that I just flew halfway across the world to China. Especially since I used to be so terrified to fly. The flight was long, but we got upgraded so that helped a lot. Being able to recline our seats to beds made all the difference. We flew out on March 9th, after staying in Seattle the night before. All of your siblings are so happy you are soon coming home. It was hard leaving them, and Leo and Theo, but we will be home with you before we know it. All of the paperwork, clearances, and travel arrangements have been finished, and now we wait for Monday morning, March 12th.
So, our first and second nights were in Shanghai. We woke up bright and early, ate breakfast, and walked around the city. We are amazed at the size, and the amount of people here. It is a clean city. I mean spotless. Not a piece of paper on the ground. This contrasts the smog in the sky, which cannot be so easily swept away. It hangs over the skyline in a grey-blue haze. I saw some people wearing masks, but I didn’t ‘t have the nerve to break out mine. Still, the city is magnificent.
We walked along the river’s edge, and then strolled through the older part of the city and Yu Garden. Once we rounded the bend into this part of the city, Chase said, “Now this is how I pictured China.” People were everywhere as we walked down narrow alleys and circled around and through buildings. The building structures were detailed and beautiful.
After walking for a few hours, we caught a cab and went to Dad’s favorite dumpling spot and ate the most amazing fare. We all agreed it was one of the most amazing meals we had ever had. Chase looked like he had just hit the jackpot, as he ate dozens of dumplings, streamed buns, and fried rice. He decided he liked it even more than Indian food!
We went back to the hotel for a “short” nap, with the intention of seeing the acrobat show, or going to the viewing tower, but we fell asleep, and didn’t wake up until later that night. We felt groggy, and so we just went back to sleep. Chase slept for 17 hours straight. At 6 am we got up and kept telling each other, “ONE MORE DAY.” Another great breakfast was had, complete with more dumplings for Chase.
Today we will see the city until 2pm, and then catch a bullet train to your city of Nanjing. I keep thinking about how you are feeling and am concerned that you might feel afraid. But I keep coming back to this thought: We love you, and we will see you through the grief and fear. We will be patient and let you have the space you need to process of this. God knows the big picture, and we know He brought you to us. For over a year, we have fought through what is a daunting process, so we could get to you, and bring you home. You are our boy, a Lindsey, and we feel so honored to be your family.
I haven’t seen you, and you don’t know me, but I already love you.