Our Last Day in Lanzhou

Posted: June 22, 2017 by Karl Dinkler

We’re packing up our bags this afternoon and will be flying a couple hours to our last city, Guangzhou, tomorrow morning. There, we will go through the process of obtaining Violet’s US documents in order to return home.

We had a quiet morning here, going for a long walk and looking around a mall for a bit. We found a delicious bakery too, which gave us some comforts from home. Violet loves the stroller, with some breaks to be carried. She’s even getting more and more comfortable with me as the days go on.

This girl has quite the personality. She loves to wear bows, and will point to her head and makes sounds as if to say, “Where is my headband?” Nicole will put one on, and then she looks up with the biggest grin! If we’re in the hotel room, she reaches to be picked up and wants to go check herself out in the mirror. She is also incredibly observant. Today, she grabbed Nicole’s chapstick and pretended to put it on. She’ll catch your eye and shake her head at you, or cover her eyes and then peek out. She’s constantly making us laugh. Brody and Joia will get a kick out of her – and she will enjoy the two of them!

Enjoy some pictures below:


  • Michelle Snyder June 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So happy for you guys and Violet, she sounds amazing and is absolutely adorable ?? Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us and all the pics, very touching. Safe travels home and Nicole we need to do a play date soon!
    Hugs to all

  • Cheri Rifkin June 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    What a joy and blessing Violet has been for you! We are so excited to have followed along with your journey! We continue to hold you all up regarding the requests that were listed!

    Love, Cheri and Ted, Riley and TJ

  • Christi September 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    What a special keepsake to have these photos and reflections of this journey! Karl, you did a great job putting it into words. So glad I got to meet Violet in person in August! God is so good!


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