Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cherished Memories

This afternoon we were picked up by a very special friend and after touring around the old part of Shanghai and Yuyuan Gardens (which were FANTASTIC and much more what I like about China rather than the big city/cosmopolitan thing that the rest of Shanghai seems to have) we were taken to where Catherine had her surgery in April. Every bed was full in that wing of the hospital and it was so sad to be around all of those sick babies. The hospital was very crowded and there was alot of hustle and bustle... in other words, mass chaos! We were able to see the room and bed that she stayed in though we could not go into the actual room because it was occupied. We are grateful to have been there and to have learned more about that part of Catherine's journey.

After visiting the hospital we got to meet with many of the people who have been so important to Catherine in the last few months. It was a wonderful yet very emotional experience for me. I woke up this morning feeling very weepy and out of sorts anyway and then to try to find the words to express my gratitude to these amazing people was quite overwhelming. Though it was an important experience that I will never forget and one that I will tell Catherine about often as she gets older, I will admit that I am completely spent and in need of a good night's sleep before continuing on to the next stop on our journey.

Tomorrow we head to Nanjing. Not long now...

For more photos of our day in Shanghai, visit the link to our travel photos at the bottom of this page...


  1. Jen & Jay,
    The girls and I can't wait to meet Catherine! Have a safe trip and hopefully we'll see you soon!!

  2. Hi Jen, I'm catching up on your blog and am so happy to hear you finally made to Shanghai and had the opportunity to visit the hospital where Catherine had her surgery. The excitement is building to the big moment! I can't wait for the pictures of hugging day. Pamela, John, and Lily (ZX mommy to one and waitng for our 2nd XZ daughter)

  3. How wonderful to be there---cannot even imagine the emotions you are feeling---such a treasure.

  4. What wonderful pictures. Almost feels liek I am there!! Not much longer now!!

  5. Fantastic pictures!!! I'm looking forward to your next post!!!



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