Saturday, March 31, 2007

We are in Kunming March 31

We arrived today in Kunming. Elsie, our CHI guide, is great. We went to a Chinese cultural performance tonight. It was a representation of all the minority groups here in Kunming. There are over 25 and they all have different dress and customs. We walked around the city some today it is very crowded and the traffic is really bad. We didn't see any other Americans and we did get some stares, but the people seem really friendly. We ordered dinner and just had to point at pictures on the menu. When we got to our room there was Grace's bed. No crib!!! I can't believe we will be holding her in 2 days.

Friday, March 30, 2007


Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord; Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. Psalm 127: 3,5.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. Ephesians 3: 20.

Grace Noelle

Psalm 139: 13 - 16
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are you works;my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

We leave in 9 hours!! March 29th

It's 1 am and I am switching to China time tonight, thats why I'm still up. I really just can't sleep, but it sounds like a good plan. Our flight leaves at 9am I think we are over packed, but I still left room for lots of stuff from China. There is no way we could go carry on only!!! It still doesn't seem real yet. I just got the boys bags packed they are leaving tomorrow to go camping for the weekend and when they wake up on Monday in the States we will have Grace. Our last pictures and updates of her were at 4 months and now she is 16 months. We know we will not recognize her. We are praying she will adjust quickly and learn to be flexible with our crazy family. We have to fly through Hawaii to get her citizenship since we live in Germany. We spend 1 night there and then back to Texas then to New Jersey then back to Germany. We really pray Grace can just go with the flow. We were told we couldn't leave the States until all of our relatives and friends meet her. We are so thankful for everyones prayers and support through this long wait. We praise God for His perfect plan in all things!!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Waiting for Mike!!!! March 26th

We are still waiting for Mike to arrive from Germany after 2 missed flights in Frankfurt he got a hotel room and waited till the next day. He made the last flight out, but it wasn't coming to Dallas it was going to Chicago so he managed to get the last seat barely, thats a long story. He got to Chicago and couldn't get on the flights to Dallas so he slept on the floor at the airport. The next day he flew to Cincinnati and then was able to connect to Dallas and we picked him up. After 3 days of trying to get here he arrived. The standby thing is not always the greatest deal. Only 3 days and we are on our way to bring Grace home!!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Arriving in Dallas March 23

We arrived in Dallas without a hitch and my plan now is to get the boys settled and on some sort of routine. The friends they are staying with have other plans ,they think it's time to party. After the shock of how much food I buy and how much these boys can eat I think they are up for the challenge of a two week stay. We are so thankful that they are able to watch them and that we are totally confident our boys will be loved and cared for while we're gone. Mike will hopefully fly in tomorrow to join us.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Finally my luggage March 22

My luggage arrived tonight and I am feeling much better. After visiting my parents for a few days we leave for Dallas to drop the boys of before we leave for China. Mike will meet me there and we fly out March 29th. I can't believe our time has finally come to bring Grace home. We are so excited but it doesn't seem real yet and it probably won't till we have her in our arms.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Waiting for our luggage March 21st

We are now waiting for our luggage to arrive and I have made several calls to the airlines. They assure me that the suitcases will be delivered later tonight. So another day in the same clothes we wore on the plane and slept in. The suitcases finally arrive all 4 boys have their suitcases except they can't seem to find mine. It is lost and they tell me maybe they will deliver it tomorrow. I really want my stuff. I'm just glad Mike has the suitcases for China.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Leaving from Germany to the States March 20th

We have finally arrived in the US after a loooong day of traveling. The flight from Frankfurt took off almost 2 hours late and as we landed in Cincinnati I knew we had to hurry to catch our next flight to Philadelphia. What I didn't know is the time they announced on the plane was an hour off. I think they had forgotten about daylight savings. We had 40 minutes to go through customs back through security and make our connection which we hadn't figured out yet. We came through security I checked the monitor and it said closed. "Closed" what does that mean? The kind women from Delta said that means your plane has left without you. I ran up the stairs with 4 boys running behind carrying very heavy book bags and violins. The agent at the counter called on the phone yelled a little and told them to hold the plane so we went running to a shuttle that took us across the runway, then we ran to find our gate where another agent stood yelling out our names she directed us down a long hall and out onto the runway. The plane was a small puddle jumper and as we boarded no one looked happy. We quickly scurried down the aisle and I told the boys to find an empty seat and just sit down. Then the pilot announced who we were and now they were going to wait for our luggage. One man threw his newspaper in the air in disgust. Glad the flight was just an hour!!! We arrived in Philadelphia and as we waited and waited for our luggage it became obvious that it had been left in Cincinnati. My parents were there to pick us up and then a 2 hour drive to the shore. One quick stop for toothbrushes and after being up over 24 hours we were ready for bed, even if we all had to sleep in our clothes.

Monday, March 05, 2007

We Got Travel Approval

We have TA!!! Here we come Grace!!! After the disappointment of not leaving for China March 8th we are thrilled to get TA today. We have a tentative date to travel March 29th arrive in Beijing on the 30th and get Grace April 2nd. It doesn't seem real and it probably won't until we are holding our little girl. It's been a long wait.