Monday, May 17, 2010

Our Last Day in Taiwan.....

We woke up early this morning and got all our bags packed and weighed (that was a job!) to get ready to go home. But first we had to be at AIT to pick up Mylee's visa at 11:00. We had to check out of the hotel by noon, but our flight didn't leave until 11:55 pm. So Cheryl arranged for a friend of theirs, Jen Jen Chien, to meet us at the hotel and take us to the Handicraft Mart and also to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Luckily, the hotel had aggreed to hold our luggage in the lobby until 8:00 pm when they would take us by van to the airport.
Jen Jen was right on time. We walked to the Burger King just down the street to eat and said she would be back in an hour to pick us up. A friend of hers had a van and he was going1 to drive us around. Thank goodness....I tell you this had to be the hottest day we were in Taiwan! Poor Maci threw up in the middle of the night and she still didn't feel good today. She ate a few fries and drank some sprite at BK, but that just came right back up.
Jen Jen and her friend picked us up and we headed straight for the Handicraft Mart. We had more souveniers that we were wanting to buy before leaving Taiwan and this was just the place for that. Ted had told us that we needed to go straight to the basement, because everything was cheaper there. Things got more expensive as you went up each floor! We found pretty much everything that we needed in the basement. Maci was such a trooper! She got sick a couple times while we were there...bless her heart.
After that we went to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. We wanted to get there by 5:00 so we could see the changing of the guards. WOW! That is all I can say! This was an amazing sight and I am so glad we got to see it! Jen Jen taught me a lot about the Taiwan government and explained to me who Chiang Kai-Shek was. It was all very interesting.
After the Memorial we went back to Jen Jen's house and met her mother. Peyton still had some money left and she was dying to spend it. So Jen Jen said there were some shops around her house for Peyton to go to. Donnie, Dillon and Mylee stayed at the house while me, Peyton and Jen Jen set out for the shops. Peyton found a backpack and I found a diaper bag. I was wanting to get some formula for Mylee while we were out too. That turned out to be quite a feat! We went everywhere but still couldn't find the right formula. And let me tell you something....that Jen Jen is a power walker if I ever seen one! I could barely keep up with her! I am not kidding, I bet we walked at least 3 miles trying to find this formula. Finally we found a baby shop that carried it! Praise the Lord! I don't know how much more walking I could take. On the way back to her house, we stopped at a street shop and got some potstickers for supper. They were awesome! Then we walked back to the hotel to catch our bus ride to the airport! But not before we made one more stop at the corner 7 Eleven. We had to stock up on Digestives, HiChew and a few bottled Jasmine teas.
We were so thankful to Jen Jen for taking us around Taipei and showing us the sights. She is a lovely Christian lady with an amazing spirit for life!
We arrived at the Taipei airport around 8:30 and got all 12 pieces of luggage checked in. We were even able to get bassinette seating on our flight back. YAY!!!! We had plenty of time to relax and just walk around. I was wearing my His Hands shirt, and we were approached by an American gentleman who had many questions about adoption. He told us that he and his wife were talking about adopting but just didn't know how to even begin. We spoke for quite some time, then he gave us his business card so we could email him some information about His Hands Taiwan.
Even though we were all saddened by the fact that we were leaving Taiwan....we were all extremely anxious to get back home and see our family that we missed very much. And most importantly, to introduce them to our daughter Mylee Kai Xin Farmer. we come!
Handicraft Mart
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial
Getting ready for the changing of the guards
Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife
This was a model of Chiang Kai-Shek's office
Our family in front of the Memorial

Jen Jen with Mylee in the 7 Eleven
Jen Jen and the kids in front of the's been a long day
Checking our bags....and ready to be home
Maci HAD to get her picture with Hello Kitty!!!!

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