Piper Files

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Pavilions and Smiles

With yesterday’s paperwork, Piper officially joined our family as our daughter. To celebrate, our guides ordered Pizza Hut for the families to eat together last night for supper. It was another great chance to get to spend time with the other families and their new daughters as well. Piper enjoyed the first half hour of the celebration, and slept through the second half. Mommy and daddy then got a full night of sleep as Piper next woke up at 6 am. It was a much-needed rest for the entire family.

After breakfast, we were off to visit Tengwang Pavilion, just a five-minute walk from our hotel. This six-story building was built in the 7th century to overlook the river. Since we decided to use the stroller today, we were very happy that during the construction, an elevator was installed. Actually, even though the tour guide didn’t tell us the elevator was added later, we have a sneaking suspicion that it wasn’t in the original plans. Original or not, with the heat and humidity of Nanchang, we were grateful for it. The pavilion itself was a marvelous structure, but the most impressive part were the gardens surrounding it. They were beautiful, and had the temperature been slightly lower, we could have spent hours admiring them.

After the pavilion tour, our group gathered for lunch in the hotel. The first food placed on our table was steamed eggs for the babies. To this point, Piper had only eaten formula for us, but the eggs were a hit. After her first taste it was very hard for Mommy and Daddy get them to her fast enough. The lunch was wonderful and we all enjoyed it very much.

The rest of the day was spent together as a family. Each day we spend together, Piper opens up a little more. On Sunday when she was placed in our arms, she didn’t really feel comforted by either of us. On Monday, she was happy to let either of us hold and comfort her, but she kept very much to herself and only gave limited smiles. Today, she has started to use her hand to touch us as we hold her, smile, and imitate us. We are seeing more of her true personality each day, and look forward to seeing more in the coming days.

Thank you everyone for the emails we have received, and the comments left here. We have enjoyed reading all the wonderful and encouraging words from everyone. Please continue to keep all three of us in thoughts and prayers as we continue to grow with each other.


At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful girl!! We enjoy looking at the updates everyday. We can't wait to meet her. You make a wonderful looking family. Enjoy your time in China. Can't wait to hear all the details of everything.

Tim Marcia Bailey Caleb & Evan

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Wendy said...

Congratulations Michael and Vicki! We are so happy for you. Piper looks so sweet and adorable. Have a safe trip home.

Wendy, Jon & Christian

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous k said...

can't wait to meet you gus=ys at the airport!!!!! miss all of you lots!!

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Schlautman's said...

What a beautiful daughter!! We could not be more excited to meet Piper and finally see you all together as a family. We love the updates and check them everyday.
Joe, Heidi, Makinsey, and Cole

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

Congratulations! Wendy forwarded me your blog and I was so thrilled to see that you are now parents! I haven't taken time to read through everything but it seems you have gone through a lot to get her and it looks like you are totally, rightfully, in love. I'll look forward to checking in on your journey from time to time!
--Cousin Amy

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys, it is me again, I just can't get enough of looking at Piper and mommy and daddy. She is so so cute that I wish I could reach right into the computer screen and hold her. I love the picture where she is sitting on the bed and smiling. I can tell Piper all ready loves her parents.I hope you know that you are spoiling me and when you get home I expect to see lots of pictures of Piper and little notes. Okay I better close before I bore you.
Kathy and Dale

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww she is so cute!!!
I wish I could get to see her. Congradulations!!!!
Hope you are very happy with piper. My gosh she is so adorable!!!!!!

Cousin Whitney


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