On Saturday, Julia had to have her medical exam and her picture taken for her visa. She wasn't a big fan of either, but she rallied when it was time for her tb test and didn't shed a tear during the needle stick.
Sunday was Father's Day. It was strange for Barry not to be with Amie and Jacob, but what a treat to share some firsts with Julia!
Her first carousel ride:
Her first water fight:
And her first time riding up and down the escalator just for the fun of it:
I think they're going to be pretty good friends!
On Monday we went to Shamian Island which was a beautiful, tropical shopping area. The American Embassy was on the island for a long time, but it has moved and one of the main hotels is closed for renovations, so many stores have had to shut their doors. We enjoyed walking around and did a little shopping. In its prime, people would bargain with the store owners, but we didn't have the heart to negotiate at all because of how empty every store seemed. We tried to spread our purchasing around so that we could buy from several vendors even though most of them carried the same items. It was a really fun day, and the highlight came when we met some shop owners who were Christians. Barry asked them to tell Julia that Jesus loves her. It was very sweet to see them make eye contact and to watch Julia nod her little head as the lady explained God's love to her in a very simple way. We're thankful to the Lord for seeds planted in Julia's heart in her native language.
and then back to the hotel for a dip in the pool.
On Wednesday, we spent the day enjoying the gardens of the hotel and packing for our trip home. Julia especially liked watching the fish in the ponds.
One more night, and we were heading HOME!