An unanswered prayer is exactly what our family needed

The itinerary given to us by our guide read: Orphanage visit or sightseeing (to be determined) for Thursday, July 28th.

I have prayed and prayed that we would be able to visit Owen’s orphanage.

We were ready to pay the additional money it would take for the journey to occur.

The day came for us to make the final decision on whether we would make the 10+ hour round trip journey to MaoNan SWI to see where Owen has spent most of his life. The only decision we could make–the right decision for Owen–was that we would have to pass on this opportunity.

Did I feel as though we made the best decision based on all of the circumstances known to us? Absolutely.

Was I disappointed? Of course.

But this journey is not about me, it’s about our son. The little boy that lived in a small orphanage, was well cared for by the nannies, and until 3 days earlier had rarely seen a stranger {outside of the medical staff that would give him his transfusion}.

So, we woke up Thursday morning and embraced the sightseeing adventures that Aron, our guide, agreed to take us on: the Canton Tower and the Guangzhou Harley Davidson dealership!

Canton Tower

While in Guangzhou during Stella’s adoption {the US Consulate is in GZ, therefore every US family that is adopting a Chinese child must pass through GZ before leaving the country} we went on a dinner boat that rode up/down the Pearl River and one of the cool sights on the river bank was the Canton Tower.

From the lobby....the view up the tower!

From the lobby….the view up the tower!

The Jetson looking piano that was in the lobby of the Canton Tower. A company in GZ teamed up with a German company to create it.

The Jetson looking piano that was in the lobby of the Canton Tower.
A company in GZ teamed up with a German company to create it.

We bought tickets to go to the 108th floor, which would allow us to visit the observation deck, step into the glass bottom viewing deck, and finally ride the Bubble Tram. {The Bubble Tram is sometimes referred to as the world’s highest Ferris wheel, though the track is horizontal. The cars circle the top of the tower, 1,493 feet high.} It was a ton of fun and worth every penny we spent on the ticket and few souvenirs we purchased.

The elevator helped us to know how high we were along the way. Pretty cool :)

The elevator helped us to know how high we were along the way. Pretty cool 🙂

Papa's view from the glass bottom viewing deck. You can see the lower twist of the tower.

Papa’s view from the glass bottom viewing deck. You can see the bottom twist of the tower between his feet.

Aron, Stella, Owen and I...super high up! {The colors are off a bit because I had to take a photo of a photo...BOO! }

Aron, Stella, Owen and I…super high up!
{The colors are off a bit because I had to take a photo of a photo…BOO! }

Even though the sky was not perfectly clear, the view was amazing!

Even though the sky was not perfectly clear, the view was amazing!

The bubble tram, which is described as a horizontal ferris wheel.

The bubble tram, which is described as a horizontal ferris wheel.

Our family on the bubble tram.

Our family on the bubble tram.

Papa finally let us take a photo of him!

Papa finally let us take a photo of him!

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Stella on top of the world….450 meters up!

Harley Davidson: Guangzhou, China

As we discussed our sightseeing plans with Aron, she gave us an odd look when we asked if our driver could take us to the Harley Davidson dealership after the Canton Tower. {Some of you may also have an odd look on your face as you read that sentence…haha!} She chatted with the driver and although none of us truly knew where it was located, we had an address, it was within our allotted mileage, and we were all up for the unknown.

Why a Harley Davidson dealership? Papa rides motorcycles with his buddies and although he rides a BMW, the others ride Harleys. Apparently Harley Dealerships sell apparel and often people that ride Harleys will collect t-shirts that have the name of the city of a dealership they have visited. Papa wanted to get his neighbor and partner in crime a t-shirt that he would probably never be able to get for himself. Cool idea, right?! Bummer thing was that there were no shirts in Joe’s size {Aron even tried to convince an employee to sell us his work uniform shirt….haha!}, so Papa settled for Plan B–a pin which is still pretty neat.

Harley Davidson Dealership Guangzhou, China

Harley Davidson Dealership
Guangzhou, China

Back at The Garden Hotel!

Paul and Stella cooled off in the pool...

Paul and Stella cooled off in the pool…

...while Owen and I sat poolside and took selfies!

…while Owen and I sat poolside and took selfies!

We had such a fun day as a family {we count our guide, Aron, as part of our family}!

God knew that my prayer to visit the orphanage is not what our family was going to need on this day.

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One thought on “An unanswered prayer is exactly what our family needed

  1. So enjoy getting to see this journey with your sweet family:) Your KIDS (don’t you just love making this word plural now!!) are just beautiful!!

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