Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hello China!

We are in Beijing and everything has gone smoothly!!
The flight was easy from Detroit to Beijing and only half full!
That means we were able to spread out a bit and have two seats to ourselves- truly a treat and super comfortable! 


I read the latest Kay Bratt book (A Thread Unbroken) on the plane and couldn't put it down! Thank you Sue B.!!
Watched one movie and slept, then we arrived! This was our first time in economy comfort and I must say- I liked it a lot!!

Mark was not feeling very good before we left and we asked some prayer partners to pray for him- he is already feeling much better. Just a cold now- thank you Jesus! We almost sent him home during our brief layover in Detroit. He is very happy he stayed with us and is looking forward to this amazing journey!

Once in Beijing we only waited 10 minutes for our hotel shuttle.
They upgraded our room at no extra charge- yay!!



I feel like God is guiding us every step of the way!
So thankful to HIM!!

Today we fly to Hefei! We will meet Mia tomorrow! Of course there is small chance we could meet her tonight but probably not. 
We are so excited!
Our agency prays for their families and with all of you praying too- 
We have such an amazing peace about all three of these precious girls.

We are missing our number one photographer- Katie for our gotcha days photos.  We will do our best to get pics that capture the moment but they won't be quite as good as she would do.

I am going to get Mia's backpack ready now- so we are completely ready when they say "lets go"!! 

This dear girl is about to have her life completely changed...

We often talk with our other children about how they felt at the moment of meeting us. At first they were excited as they left the orphanage but as they got closer to the actual moment they were scared to death. Some looked at us and thought "oh no what have I gotten myself into" others studies our faces and didn't know what to think but they recognized us from the pics we sent.
Some cried, some wanted to see what we brought them in their backpacks and didn't pay much attention to us.
Each deals with the situation differently.
They use what ever coping skills they can to make it through this moment. 

BUT no matter how they first reacted they all remember THAT DAY. Even though their language has completely changed and they have very little memories of their time in China with us they all remember THAT DAY!
The day their lives changed forever.
They day they had their very own forever family.

(BTW they never remember how naughty they were while in China!)

Our children at home have all shared their first thoughts of their new parents. We laugh when we hear what they were thinking! 
Let's just say it's a good thing to bring Sarah- a young cute Asian girl that likes her parents and Mark- a handsome older brother that also likes his parents.
Sarah and Mark make the transition for the new children easier and bridge the gap between these large, old, white people (ouch! yes that's us, Hubby and I).

I am going to sign off now as we prep to fly to Hefei and meet our daughter!

Thank you JESUS!!

25 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh Jean, I am sooooo excited for you! Can't believe we were just there...yesterday!!!

Karin said...

Yay! So glad you made it safely! So excited for you!! Will pray for no more sickness. Cracking up that none of your kids remember how naughty they were in China. haha I remember some of those posts...

Janet and Kevin said...

So glad you all got there safely and that Mark is feeling better. Thanks for your e-mail. Praying here in Indiana

Hugs,
janet and gang

Vicky said...

It's wonderful to see your update. Praying for Mia and your family.

laurajonesjournal said...

Jim, Jean, Mark and Sarah!!!
We are praying for you all. You never cease to amaze us. We are following everyday and praying for all the details. Enjoy every minute. He holds you in His hands and loves you.
Hugs from your little sis :)

eventually i want to ask you about abby's chelation treatment. We need to add another option for our zinnia, who's iron levels continue to be sky high dispite the chelation meds she takes in the morning. more later...

Jen said...

Glad Mark is feeling better and that you are feeling God's peace and guidance during this important time. Continued prayers. Looking forward to seeing pictures!

jan said...

yay!!! I'm excited from Indiana!!!! xoxo

Yvette said...

So excited for you all!

Sally-Girl! said...

YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! Can't wait to see Mia with you! You know if it wasn't for me you wouldn't be in China getting this sweet girl!!!! Funny how it all works out huh? Love ya!!!

Candy said...

Can't wait to hear your next update. I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Best Wishes.

Terri said...

So excited for you all!

crzy4myfam said...

Very excited for you all! Will continue praying God's favor over this journey! Blessings ~ Becca

Donna said...

Can't wait to see her finally with you!

Chouchou said...

i wich you the best with your daughters !
thanks for the news.
Severine

Rebecca said...

So exciting!!! Can't wait for updates!!!

Sherri said...

Yay, I have been waiting for this post. I'm so very excited for you and your family. Blessings from Florida.

Rosie said...

We are so excited to be following your journey!

Nikki said...

BIG hugs and prayers coming your way!!!

Sandra said...

SO incredibly excited for you all! Thank you for allowing us to follow your journey...

Angie said...

So glad to hear from you. So what agency are you using that prays for you???

Wendy said...

So excited for you. So happy you are feeling peaceful with this journey. God is so good and knows what we need.

Tracey Gehrke said...

I am super excited for you. My sweet girl is from Hefei also. We loved being there. There is a great shopping center/grocery right up the street from the hotel. Enjoy. What an exciting time.

Sue said...

I am glad mark is feeling better. Glad you like the book and I will say extra prayer as you get your daughter

Hanna said...

I am so excited to be following your journey too! Thank you for update to share with us :)

Lori said...

Hooray for all the upgrades!

So excited to follow your latest journey!

Praying for you guys!