Our life in Beijing

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It’s been more than a week now that we arrived in Beijing, and we’re settling down. The jet lag is now over, and we have found our way around for most of the little necessities of life, such as groceries, laundry, restaurants, getting around and of course what is expected of us here at New Day. Our kids are enjoying a VBS camp that will last 2 weeks, with lots of other kids, activities and fun. Juliette spends a lot of time in the Foster Home, helping the nannies with the kids activities as much as she can. Alex is taking tons of pictures of the kids (if you check New Day’s web site or Facebook, you may see some pictures of the beautiful children taken by him), and is also helping with a project to create videos to teach sign language to nannies and volunteers. We also attend a Chinese class daily, and all this fills our days pretty quickly. The week-end is dedicated to relaxing or visiting around or like today meeting with Yulin (our amazing adoption agency director) and her family in her favourite restaurant.

If we are very impressed by the very good organization of the volunteers staff and the great management of the New Day Foster Home, the most important thing in all this is the amount of love poured in this amazing place for the kids who needs it so much. This feeling is so important for us, as we realize now how much love E. was given when he stayed here for 1.5 years. Giving back a little bit makes even more sense to us now that we can see in action how much attention, care and tenderness can help these children bloom and become what they are meant to be.


First days at New Day

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Friday: we were able to start volunteering. Juliette did some painting and then spent some time with the children of the foster home, and Alex took pictures and shared some of his knowledge on photography, while M and E did some homework, took naps and then went to play with the other kids of volunteers.

Saturday: weekends are free so we take this opportunity to do some laundry and groceries, as well as relax and rest. The weather is still stormy and rainy, with the benefit of not being too hot while very humid.

We are enjoying the food, which is yummy and cheap and complete the local diet of noodles, rice and veggies with some yogurts and bread in the morning.

Tomorrow we plan to go to the city (New Day is in the country side which we like).


We arrived in China

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After 2 planes (total of 14.5 hours in the air and 3.5 hours connection) and a 1.5 hours bus ride, we arrived at New Day, the place where Mr. E spent 1.5 years before we adopted him. We settled in our room and after a good night, got a full day of orientation and discovering the place today. The jet lag is not too hard on us, and we’re happy, ready to spend the next month here with these incredibly beautiful and inspiring people.

Notre chambre pour 1 mois / our room for the next month

Jet lagged… Le décalage horaire…

New Day

Back to this blog for a trip back to China!

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One final day to pack and we are off the China. Since Facebook might not work well all the time, we invite you to come follow our adventures on our blog. See you then!


Dans l’ambiance de Noël



Enjoying winter in Canada

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 Mr E and Miss M enjoying the bitter cold and sunny snowy day on January 1st.Mr E Miss M

Happy New Year

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The sun rise for the first time on a new year…Sun rise - Lever du Soleil

Merry Christmas

Sapin de Noël 2013

10 years old already!

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Rockport_2013-2My sweety, today you are 10 years old and I can’t believe it!

It seems so much already but it is so little time for us the lucky ones who spend this time with you.

I’d like for this precious time to slow down because I know the next 10 years will fly by and soon you too will want to…

I am the luckyest Mom to have you as daughter. You are witty and happy, smart and gracious, sensitive and hard working.

I love you! Happy Birthday my love!

happy girl

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