Thursday, April 18, 2013

 
We ended yesterday with a walk to a nearby park and happened on an impromptu gathering in the glow of dusk. Dancers of all ages, both Han and Uighur, moved fluidly to a rhythm that was both unfamiliar and ancient. It was magical. 
 

 
Today we explored Red Hill Park, climbing to the top of a pagoda to find panoramic views of Urumqi, wandering paths bordered with spring blooms, delighting in the choreography of traditional dancers and listening to our daughter laugh...and laugh. God is gracious.
 

 

 
 
We packed today, little sister tucking her books in with our other treasures, and we leave tomorrow for Guangzhou, Mercy’s passport in hand.
 

 

11 comments:

Auntie Erika said...

Laughter!! God is so good!!

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! Beautiful dancers, beautiful flowers, beautiful smiling baby and daddy! :)
Dea ♥

Anonymous said...

laughter and sniles at last. thankful for ALL!

mama said...

that was me above :) your ditzo mother

Anonymous said...

What a gift to awake to smiles and laughter! Rejoicing with you! Tomorrow, Friday we are having our coffee to celebrate Mercy complete with popsicle people! Miss Nicole is hosting at her home. We will take lots of pictures.
Love and prayers,
April

Anonymous said...

Ri, looking forward to you coming home and getting to meet Mercy. Love seeing your pictures and posts. Love, Jammie

Christie said...

Ahhhhh.....so precious to see those smiles!!!!
God is so good, we praise His Name!!

allison teal said...

yay. I love the one of Mercy smiling and looking at her daddy!
=0)that is priceless. It is amazing what a smile does to you!
love al

Anonymous said...

Ri & Alex, So glad to see you have Mercy in your arms now. Looks like she is warming to you both nicely. (Love the picture of her smiling up while she looks to Alex. Pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your life experiences. God is good. Pat (Irene's mom)

Debra said...

So lovely to see the three of you out in the city taking it in. The photos are precious, showing us your relationship growing. Thank you for sharing. I'm so excited for you to all be home with your family. Debra

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. Beautiful story unfolding. Thanks for sharing. God is good. Love, Bryon.