Thursday, April 30, 2009

Our visit to New Day

Well our morning started at midnight when BG decided it was time to get up! We finally coerced her back to sleep around 3:30 am and got back up around 6:15 am. We had breakfast at the restaurant in our hotel and it was really good. We got in touch with our friend that works at a foster home and arranged a visit. Our trip to New Day was wonderful! BG made her a friend right off the bat! What a sweetie!

We were able to visit with the children and all of them are so precious. Seeing them was very touching for me. They each wait patiently for a forever family! We also got to see the village near New Day and had lunch with our friend and the children. We were both very blessed to have visited. How wonderful the work they are doing for the orphans of China!

Despite the jet lag it has been a wonderful day. The drive to New Day was about an hour long so it was an interesting drive there and back. Bicycles, trucks, cars all share the road...all merging into traffic and beeping the horn at each other. Whew! Tomorrow we will visit the Great Wall and Hutong. Hopefully we will have time to visit Tianamen Square. BG is so tired this afternoon after our visit to New Day that she is passed out. She has been an angel through it all!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We made it! We are in China!

Hey everyone,

We finally made it! After a two hour drive to the airport, a two hour flight to Newark, a 13 and a half hour flight to Beijing and a half hour drive to our hotel....WE ARE HERE! First of all, let me say that BG was an angel! I mean an angel! We were so blessed on this trip! When we got ready to board the first plane BG was heading down the portal and JT said "you ready?" and she answered, "let's go get Lili-Kate!" Off she marched like a big girl! On our flight to Beijing, we were with mostly chinese and a few Americans...but right beside us was a woman and her 20 month old little girl. She wanted to play with BG and the mother called BG "sister". The entire trip she called BG "sister". That little chinese princess stole my heart. The people here are very nice and we have a great guide to help answer our hundred questions! Of course we are EXHAUSTED! We are 13 hours ahead of our family at home and trying to stay awake to get on schedule but...I don't know if I am gonna make it! :) I will start posting some pics as soon as I can...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Believe it or not...

This was too funny to share goes...

When I took the kids to meet my dad on Friday, after dropping them off I opened a fresh pack of my favorite gum, stride. On the inside of the flap was a To Do List...

This just so happens to be the first thing we will do when we get there! Ha!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Getting ready to go...

We are ready to go! Not physically in the sense I have a ton of packing to do but emotionally ready to go! I took a couple of pics of the girls room. BG and LK will share a room together. We put LK's bed up on New Years and so BG has had time to adjust to the idea that she will soon have a sister in the room with her. Remember she's two...she says to me when she sees LK's picture..."there's LK...she's my sister...she's in China". She knows the best way a two year old can know. It feels like we are being carried...if you can understand what I mean. Have you ever just felt like you were being "carried"?

Can't wait to go to China...can't wait even more to meet my girl!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Confirmed Consulate Appointment!!

Okay, well we are in full swing now...we have our confirmed consulate appointment for May 11! That means that we will leave Nashville on April 28th and return home with Lili-Kate on May 13! My head is spinning! I am thinking of all the one hundred million things I need to do before I leave. Wow! We will be flying into Beijing and then on to Nanning and finally to Guanghou. If any of you have been there this time of year please fill me in on what to expect with the weather. Any must haves or must dos? Thanks to all of you who have shown your support and prayed for us! Off we go!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We are finally going to China!

We are excited today to find out that we officially have the fingerprint approval and will have a confirmed consulate appointment in the morning! Yay! That has been one working on my patience! It looks like we will fly out on Tuesday, April 28 and return on Thursday May 14. Of course we will have confirmed travel once we have our confirmed consulate appointment. The realization that it is only two weeks away is overwhelming! I am working hard to finish up all my schoolwork before we leave and I have bought everything for our travel. We desperately need your prayers because we will be taking BG with us. I think it will be wonderful for LK to have her there too! Friends at last! While I was getting ready this morning BG was in the bathroom with me and she asked out of the blue, "where's LK?" And (by faith) I said to her, 'we are about to go on the airplane and get her'. This was before the call that we had the fingerprint approval. Pray for us...our kids...and LK! Much love! *bt*

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We are going to China!

We were very excited to get the news that our fingerprints are approved. We hope to be in China on May 2 however, we still need our approval on paper in our mailbox. The reality of three weeks until we meet our precious LK makes me sooo very excited! I have a few things to get done to get us ready to go. I can hardly believe it is here! Time to figure out how to use skype! Thanks to those of you that have continuously prayed for our fingerprints to get sorted out. It's finally here...yay!