Brunch with our boy. Last week Wednesday we woke up to the very sad news of Justin’s grandfather’s passing. This news was not a surprise for us, since we had been communicating with the family since the weekend, but still, it was definitely a day of mourning. Our school needed us to go downtown for some visa paperwork, but after that they told Justin to take the rest of the day off. Apparently this is quite normal in China when a family member passes away. We decided to go grab brunch at The Canvas, one of our regular spots downtown (although not so much now that we live a little further away). We walked from the immigration office to Taigu Square, and sat down for a delicious breakfast meal. Elijah played with a set of Dominos while we drank our (bottomless) coffees. It was a morning of reflection of us.
Earlier that week I had found Justin a plane ticket, and I was determined that he should fly home to be with his family during this time. A day later we found out that our passports had already been submitted for visa processing. If we retracted the passports from that process, Justin would be able to fly home, but there would be a good chance that he wouldn’t be able to return for weeks as his Chinese visa would expire while he was at home. That would also leave Elijah and I over here with expired visas… As you can imagine (especially if you’ve ever lived in China) this would result in a lot “mafan” (trouble) and possibly Justin missing a lot of work. We knew this at the beginning of the week, so when the news of Justin’s grandpa’s passing reached us, we were somewhat “prepared”. Our brunch was good – a time to appreciate our little family. Although we very much wished we could be back in the States last week, we tried to make the most of the little family we have beeb blessed with over here.
On another note – we are absolutely in love with the above image of Elijah James.
His eyes are so captivating and this picture really is a good indication of how beautiful he his. He has such an amazing soul, and we can’t wait to get to know him more as he moves through toddlerhood, and then onto being a little boy.
The above picture is hilarious! Elijah treats almost everything as a phone these days. Not only that, but he has such a laid-back manner of talking on “his phone”. He relaxes back into his chair and smiles like he is having a good old chat with an old friend. This kid really cracks me up. I’m sure that he is imitating one/ both of us. Good to know we give him such a chilled vibe to imitate.
Brunch with our boy on a Wednesday morning. Perfect in every way! There is something amazing about being out during “work hours”. Everything is quieter, and it really did feel like we were skipping school (even though Justin has been given the day off). What a blessing! We appreciate that his school gave him this day off to be with us.