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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Today was filled with many events. First we took Chloe for her visa photo early in the morning. Then we took her to her medical exam. It was very crowded, hot, and humid in the clinic. Not only do all adopted infants and children go through this clinic before obtaining their visa, but also any Chinese person seeking a US visa for work, visiting, or immigration. Chloe did very well and I was excited to see the clinic in person that I had seen so many times on other adoptive families websites.

The next stop in our day was the Pearl Market. Jason, our guide taught us all about pearls and how to tell the real from the fake ones. The Pearl Market is famous for their pearls and great prices. We picked out a strand of salt water pearls for each girl and watched as the store attendant tied them into necklaces. These will be the girls' Wedding Pearls. It will be nice for Chloe to have the necklace from her homeland and it will bring special memories for Whitney.

After the Pearl Market, we walked around Guangzhou Square for a little bit. It was neat, but we did not stay long because it was very hot. We took a taxi back to the hotel.

Our evening ended with the Pearl River Cruise. The views were amazing! Per Jason's suggestion, we ate Papa John's pizza on the cruise instead of the usual buffet. Apparently, the cruise serves chicken feet and other Chinese favorites that we are not accustomed to eating.

We had such a great day, and I am thankful for all we got to experience and for all of life's blessings.

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~Ephesians 5:20

Chloe's visa photo - adorable!

Getting weighed & measured

Medical exam cleared for US entry!

Whitney's wedding pearls

Guangzhou Square

Pearl River cruise

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