I have a few thoughts and moments to share on the last several hours in the states:
1. Putting mayonnaise in your hair has got to be up there on the top 10 nastiest experiences. I don't think I will every be able to eat mayo on a sandwich again and I can only imagine how bad this stuff is going to smell in a few hours. If this does create a taste aversion for mayo, I may have to try it next week for some of my other weaknesses like chocolate and ice cream. hmm. Right now I just want it to kill anything that might be crawling around up there.
2. I told Trent I needed him to pick up some lice spray. He asked why and I said so I could spray down his backpack that I borrowed. He bought not 1 but 2 cans. Love that man.
3. Nothing says welcome back to the states like your middle child greeting you after being gone for a week with, "Hi mom. I missed you and I decided that I don't want a DS anymore, I want an ipod instead".
4. When God created warm baths, He was thinking of me.
5. Sometime this week I want my husband to take me out for a steak and baked potato.
6. As I look over the pictures from the trip, I already have regrets.
- I wish I had looked the girls in the eyes more and told them how beautiful I think they are.
- I wish I had prayed more and encouraged the team to pray more.
- I wish I had helped tuck the girls in bed. The translator would say, "I will take them to bed now" and I was just so glad for some rest that I didn't ponder what I might be missing in those minutes. I am pondering it now.
- I wish I had bought them more clothes.
- I wish I would have found a place to print pictures for them and then given more to them. I think I may do that here and send them to Yuan Yuan at least.
- I wish I had told the staff more what a great job they were doing.
It is so hard for me to appreciate the good we did right now because I am so full of regret for what I didn't do. I know it will come and I am so thankful for continued communication with
Bring Me Hope and International China Concern who have continued relationships with these kids. If you aren't familiar with these organizations, you should check out their websites.