Our day started with a trip to the Chen Ancestral Hall for some site-seeing. It was absolutely beautiful, and full of so much history.
|The building had amazing carvings and artwork all along the roof line. Stunning!|
|The entrance to the house was guarded by two lions, one male and one female. No, we didn't check! ;)|
|An old, traditional Chinese bed. No mattress, and the pillows are ceramic! Not what I would consider a comfy night's sleep. However, the ceramic supposedly helped keep you cool at night with no air conditioning.|
|Carved Ivory. Absolutely amazing!|
We then headed back to the hotel for lunch, playtime and nap time. And what happened next was nothing short of a miracle! We saw the walls that had stood so strong and had guarded Eliana's heart for so long begin to crumble. She became a different child! She spent the afternoon playing, smiling, laughing, and she even said a few words! She became confident and curious! She is every bit of a two year old, and we couldn't be happier!
Please pray for us as we take this journey.
*Please pray for travel safety, and for our ability to keep Eliana happy and entertained on the long car ride.
*Please pray for Eliana's heart! Pray that she understands that we are her mommy and daddy forever, and that we love her very much. Pray that this is a sweet time of closure for her and for the orphanage workers who love her. And please pray that when she leaves that orphanage with us tomorrow, that it helps her to move forward with us in the bonding and attachment process.