Too chilly to swim but we still relaxed by the pool!
Breakfast was AMAZING! Grace loves chopsticks!
This is the view from our room on the 28th floor
One of the churches we saw
Our first stop, Chihkan Tower, built by the Dutch in 1653. Yes, I said the Dutch. You wouldn't believe all the Dutch history here (I am Dutch and almost found it comical at all the windmills and wooden shoes we saw!)
At one of the many shrines we saw. We walked through this one and people were burning inscense and papers to worship their gods. I quietly sang the name of Jesus as we walked through.
wooden shoes for sale!
Anping Old Fort. In 1624, the Dutch occupied Anping and took ten years to build a fort named "Fort Zeelandia".
Anping Tree House. The roots and branches of banyan trees wrapped around the building!
Grace is getting tired but she hung in there!
A little more Dutch...windmill at the Tree House
I couldn't resist posting this. It was part of the museum section of the Anping Tree House and written by a Taiwanese woman who married a Dutchman. I'm not even sure how to comment on this...would love to hear yours! Haha =)
Starbucks!! Grace got her groove back =)
It was a wonderful day! We absolutely love the people here. One woman bought us all coffees and helped us read our map. Many people just came up to us with big smiles on their faces and asked where we were from and why we were here. It is interesting to see their reactions when we say we are adopting a little boy. It is not "normal" to see an American family here to adopt a Taiwanese child (at least it didn't seem like it). We have seen very very few non-Asian people so we really stick out!
Tomorrow morning we get to meet Zachary!! It still all feels like I'm dreaming this all up. I am praying I can soak it all in and remember every detail of this gift...I consider this trip a gift. I love Taiwan and am so happy to have such wonderful stories to tell Zac. Thank you for lifting us up in prayer! I feel like I'm literally being held up by you and your intecession. God's gracious and loving Hand is so evident and we are soooo looking forward to tomorrow when we officially become a family of seven!!!