Guangzhou- March 7

Today was a day of rest for us.
Unfortunately we got up a little after 9:30 and did not have time to get to church.
The taxi ride is about 20 minutes and we cannot walk there because SiQi would get way
too tired.
So we opted for some quiet time in the room.  (Hard to do with two teens)
Anyway-  we really stayed in all day.  It was cold and rainy. Really a welcome change from hot and humid.
The humidity is so bad that we have had to iron dry some of our clothes.  Jeans will not dry fully and really everything takes 3 days to dry--if it doesn't smell first of mildew.  Angela took to ironing socks and underwear this morning to dry them!  It was comical.  The girls were cracking up.
This evening we went to happy hour and had a meat feast.  Both girls love meat.  They have had noodle bowls the last three nights so we went to the lounge tonight.  They ate fish balls, sausages that were pretty spicey, and meat (undisclosed to me) on a stick.
Brighton loved them when we were here last summer!
So-- tomorrow we get TB tests read---they look fine to me.  We may have to "drug" Xiao Cheng (Samantha) to get her to go inside again.  J/K
Tomorrow for lunch we meet the executive director from Hong Kong of the "Christian Action" foundation that is involved with SiQi's orphanage.  They are the ones responsible for educating the kids who otherwise would not go to public school.  I also think they are the reason Piper finally resolved to be adopted.  I know God orchestrated their presence at the SWI and that is why Piper is so well taken care of and loving.
So- until tomorrow  leave you with two photos of Angela ironing the socks and underwear.   I must say--- every time I spend time with Angela I laugh so much.  She is such a fun, joyful person.   I am blessed to call her my Christian sister.  The girls lovingly refer to her as "jie jie" now---big sister.  MMMMM--I love these girls!!
Below is a psalm that I read today--  Thank you Lord for all you have done for me.  I am so undeserving and, yet, you have blessed me in abundance,  I will forever sing your praises.
PSALM 150:
Praise the Lord
Praise God in His sanctuary
Praise Him in His mighty heavens
Praise Him for his acts of power
Praise Him for His surpassing greatness
Praise Hiim with the sounding of the trumpet
Praise him with the harp and lyre
Praise Him with tambourine and dancing
Praise Him with the strings and flute
Praise Him with the clash of cymbals
Praise Him with resounding cymbals
Let everything that has breath Prasie the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Kelly Rumbaugh
Ladybugs N Love
"connecting families an ocean apart"


  1. I've loved following your journey! The girls are beautiful! :) You'll have to pass that along to them. :) Charlotte

  2. Kelly,
    It has been a few days since I wrote to you but I want you to know that I continue to be awed and humbled by your adoption of SiQi and Xiao Cheng. I also wanted you to know that early on, I asked my two sisters to join me in prayer for you guys. They are not married, no kids, but my youngest sister has been greatly touched by being a part of your adoption process (through prayer). She has been anxiously awaiting each update and shared with me how thrilled she was when you had BOTH girls sharing the last name "Rumbaugh." Thank you for putting your journey out for others to see because through your journey, she (and some others of my family who have been praying) can see that Paul and I aren't the only "crazies." :)

  3. Kelly,
    Would you ask Angela if she will be too overwhelmed with other business to get a cake ordered and sent to Gui Yang City orphanage on March 22nd? I totally understand if she can't do it...but I need to know b/c I will have to use someone else if she can't do it. Angela is ALWAYS our first choice!
    I am so glad she is there with you!!!
    Can't wait to see those girls united with their siblings and their BABA!!
    love and prayers,
    Holly Mac- hollymac828 at yahoo dot com