Sunday, October 10, 2010

Some observations

So, there are definitely some different things about China that we are not used to back home. Here are some of our observations for our memories and your entertainment.

* I'm not sure I'll ever get used to the squatty potty non-western style restroom facilities.
* There's no such thing as waiting in line, you may wait in line, and when it's time to go in, it becomes a crowd and it's a free-for-all.  You have to learn to maneuver your way around (somewhat like roller derby) and it's not considered rude!
* Customer service is a relative term :)
* There are a lot of different smells and we're not always able to discern what they are, or, really get used to them.
* Listening harder and talking louder doesn't help me get my point across any better.
* Interpreting has a different meaning here - there can be a 10 minute conversation and then a 1 sentence interpretation.
* Top sheets are not a commonly used item - all our hotel beds have only had bottom sheets and duvets!
* Being stared at and having your picture taken doesn't necessarily make you feel like a celebrity, but, it makes us laugh :)
*We don't  think we will ever get used to the idea that having the head still on your dinner somehow makes it more appetizing.

Now for some serious notes.

We are daily recognizing astonishing blessings that we've been given.  Both in our trip here and with our family.  It's amazing how often I think that 3 weeks ago we knew very little about our soon to be son and how quickly we have felt like a family.  Our communication of course is not perfect, but, it's easy to do.  The boys behave like brothers and really seem to enjoy each other's company. While he does tend to need alot of redirection and explanations about appropriate and innappropriate behaviors, he always accepts the redirection well, which we are very thankful for.  I do not feel like Jian has not ever been our son.

Tanner has not had any migraines or any more symptoms since the first week we were here.  He gets tired but never complains.  Yesterday he was feeling a little homesick and down, but, who isn't!

We have all been able to get along and not really had any arguments or frustrations with each other.  After being in such close proximity and constantly together for three weeks, it's a real blessing that I haven't been worse!  With my OCD tendencies, they've put up with a lot, and I'm so thankful that Jon is still being patient with me and we're both continuing to have patience with the boys!

These things are all thanks to your prayers!  We know that this trip is ordained and we are exactly where we're supposed to be, and it makes it so special and meaningful that you are praying for us and joining us on this trip.

1 comment:

Kelly Boysen said...

I can't wait to see the new and imporved Bergeron family!!!