Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Day 10 - U.S. Consulate Day

Tuesday March 29 2016. We picked up Cooper's medical records and went to the US Consulate to have our final interview and finish up paperwork.
 We weren't allowed to bring anything but ourselves inside so we took a couple of pictures before we went in.
 There we huge long lines of people trying to get visas and things that they need to visit and/or immigrate to the United States. It was humbling to witness. We have absolutely loved China but are so thankful for the country we live in. Seeing the beautiful stars and strips flying made us a little homesick and super thankful for America. There is just nothing else like it. Truly it is the home of the free and we are so excited that Cooper gets be part of it. I just kept singing the Star Spangled Banner in my head and I kinda wanted to sing it out loud, especially the 4th verse.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

I love the United States of America!
Even if we are in the middle of a crazy presidential campaign crisis.

 Love these twinners too!
 We did some shopping and got a piece of jade that our translator told us Cooper needed for good luck. We also went to the pearl market and got Bryn a fake "pearl" bracelet.

 We had another great Chinese meal. Cooper had worked up a good appetite and went to town on the noodles and curry. Maybe I should learn to make this dish.

 Before heading back to the hotel we stopped by Shamian Island.
It had a lot of western/colonial style buildings but our favorite thing was this cute little sculpture.
One more day closer to going home!

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