Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Tonight I want to cry..."

CWell, It is our last night in China. Was our last day. We just got back to the hotel and got some last minute stuff. This trip has been amazing. A trip I am SO thankful I was able to come on. I guess it is time to just go home. I feel like a huge part of me has been ripped out which is silly to say, but I do.
This trip was for the purpose of adding to our family, bringing Andrew home and we have done that. We have completed this journey. It was amazing to say the least and I will be forever thankful for being able to come on it. If I could I would stay two more weeks but it would still not be enough. It would never be enough. You only get one chance at life though. The trip was a roller coaster, sometimes you felt like you were riding the Vegg*e Tells ride at DollyWo*d and other times you felt like you were on Mission Space at D*sney World. Never dull, but never completely unexpected. China is an AMAZING country despite what everyone might tell you. It is beautiful, friendly, and just a-m-a-z-i-n-g that is all I can say about it. I know this is probably a repeat of stuff but all of it is true.
Today was a good day. We got down to the Wh*te Swan breakfast at 8:30 and then went back to the room for about 30 minutes. My Mom and I ran out with some other travel group members and bought some more souvenirs. We got some things for Andrew's Gotcha Day celebrations and found an awesome Art Store by House of Love. We got BEAUTIFUL artwork that will be forever treasured as will all the memories of this trip. Jane came in and talked to Andrew some and to my Mom. We got Andrew's Visa and the final bits of paperwork!! We had a pizza party out in the hall with our entire group and reminised about the amazing trip we had had and how ready (most) were to go home. (I had to deny my readiness though) My parents ran out for a little more shopping and Elvin came in and talked to Andrew about what all was going on and some other things. I love when he talks to him!!! Elvin is so great!!! Love him! We as a family went shopping some more and got a few last-last minute things. This trip was amazing. As I have said MANY times. It was just the absolute best that I could have dreamed. I am in love with this country. LOVELOVELOVE.
Once home (36 hours, and sadly counting.) I will write about my favorite things that have happened on this trip and share it with you all. I want to remember every little detail.
Signing off SADLY for the last time in China (at least for this trip:)
and PS. Tonight I wanna Cry,
Guangzhou, China-Feb 4, 2010-10:50 PM


Jodee Leader said...

So glad you enjoyed every second while in China. What an amazing journey! Can't wait to hear more about it!

TanyaLea said...

Oh Ashton ~ So sorry to hear that you are sad to be leaving... but GLAD to hear that the trip was everything (and more!) that you dreamed it would be. I have a feeling you'll be back one day... especially with a heart filled with such love for this great country. It is so refreshing to hear youth like yourself with such a heart for China. You get so tired of hearing the negative stereotypes that 'uneducated' people seem to have about the country. But everyone who has been there speaks so possitively of it and assures us we will love it there. I can't wait! They're thinking we will travel end of March (earliest!) or sometime in April. We're praying end of March, as that would land on our kids spring breaks and cut down on their missed school work. Can't wait to hear all the details and chat with you when you are back . Praying you have safe travels and that the jet lag isn't too terrible when you return!

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

P.S.>> LOVE the red counch look beautiful!...Your whole family is darling!!


Patty said...

Ashton, you did an amazing job keeping up your blog. I've enjoyed yours and your moms. I miss China too. We travelled back in '07. It is a dear country and one that is (as you say it)AMAZING!! I will look forward to your future with Andrew and am so sorry this has been so hard for you to leave China...but I DO understand.

Friends of Meighan Fu Grace's---Annika Mears Mommy.

Anonymous said...

You are doing a wonderful job with your blog. Can't wait to see all of you. Love and hugs from Nana.