Babies, Painting, and Carrefour

I wish I could get the pictures off my camera so I could add those to my posts! There are some cute kiddos here! They love the camera, so I’ve gotten a lot of pictures of little hands reaching out trying to grab the camera. Some of the kids are so easy to interact with. They come right up to you and smile. The past couple of days it has been my desire to try spending more time with the kids that are harder to interact with. These are the kids that don’t seem to respond to us because they won’t or can’t smile. It can also be challenging to look past the disabilities, arm braces, and tubes and see these children as God sees them. He loves these kids even more than we do, which is so comforting!

I have now visited the 11 rooms on the first four floors of the building! We’re not allowed to visit any kids on the fifth floor because of their critical conditions. And then we’re living on the sixth floor, along with the doctor’s family and interns/nurses.

We worked on sanding and painting today! It’s going to take some intense work to finish up tomorrow, but we’ve enjoyed our time talking as we get sweaty, dusty, painty, and loopy from the stinky paint smells.

Later in the afternoon, we headed to the city center to do some shopping at the mall. We stocked up on snacks at the Carrefour (Chinese Walmart), and I was very excited to find a Dairy Queen! GREEN TEA BLIZZARD!!! Dinner tonight was yummy. We went to a hot pot restaurant where they give each person a pot of boiling broth and you cook your own meat and veggies in it. We’re developing some mad chopstick skills.

We only have one full day left here at Maria’s. It’ll be so hard to leave these kids and the other people here.

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6 thoughts on “Babies, Painting, and Carrefour

  1. Natalie says:

    I’m thankful you can love on the kids! I’m also so jealous of the green tea blizzard! Wow that sounds good right now (and much better than duck brains!). I shamelessly admit it was my favorite food in China. 🙂 They really need to get those in the U.S. I might even go to Dairy Queen if they would. Love you!

  2. Margaret says:

    I could go for a Green Tea Blizzard right now. Can you bring me one?

    Your days have been full. So sweet of you to seek out the little ones who probably need you most. God Bless You, Emily.

  3. mimi says:

    Good for You to remember to reach out to the more reserved children. They need to know they are loved too. sounds like you are putting your painting skills to good use. For the first time your food sounds delish. you will have to give us chopstick lessons when you get home. Will love seeing all your photos. Love you, ttmab

  4. Kathryn says:

    I wish I could see you getting loopy on paint fumes. I’m sure it’s quite entertaining! Glad you found a green tea blizzard–try to pack one and bring it home to your mom. 🙂 Love to hear how you are serving and reaching out–esp. to the precious little ones who need a bit more encouragement.

  5. mimi says:

    I came across this quote today and thought you might like it. It is to be true of all of us. Love you and praying for the rest of your time in China. Ttmab

    “;I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live. Life is less than worthless till my all I give.”; (Oswald J. Smith)

  6. Victoria says:

    I love you sweet Emily! I know you have made an impact on these kids and I’m sure it will be hard for then to see you leave too. Can’t wait to see pictures when you get back!

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