December 16, 2006

Still in Guiyang

On the 15th we visited the Huangguoshu Waterfall. It is the largest waterfall in China. It was a two hour drive from Guiyang through rural farm country. We saw a lot of poor farmers working in their fields with nothing but a hoe and a bull to pull the plow. They work a huge amount of land with hardly any technology. It's like going back to the 1800's. These people work very hard from daylight to dark for basically no reward. They barely have enough to feed their families. It really makes you think....we have everything that we could ever want, and we're still not satisfied. If everything doesn't go our way, or if the food in the hotel is the same everyday we get upset. God has blessed us with everything and we have no appreciation for it. Driving through those rural villages really opened my eyes to my own selfishness...I hope I can be a better person because of it.

On the 16th we went to a local amusement park in Guiyang. It was a little different than the ones we're used to in the U.S. The merry-go-round went about 50 mph. The adults had to hold the children, and lean in. What a ride! Neil climbed a blow-up rock wall, and we rode in bumper cars. It was fun to get out and do something different. Yes, that is the same sweatshirt I've had on for a full week...oh, well.

Sydney is doing very good. She still misses here foster mom sometimes. You can just see it in her eyes, but she is calling me Ba Ba and Sandy Ma Ma, which is a big step. Her foster mom did a great job with her. She feeds herself, wipes her mouth, drinks from a cup, goes to the bathroom and even washes her hands. She is a joy! Thank you God.

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