A family of ten seeking to glorify God in all that we do.
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Ps. 119:105
Sunday, June 13, 2010
A Busy Sunday!
This morning we headed to Liuhuahu park with the only other BAAS family here. We met them yesterday as we did the medical visit with them. They are not staying at the Garden as we are so we only see them on our excursions. Today was great fun for Ethan because the other family brought their 8 year old son, Christopher. Ethan and Christopher rode a roller coaster, bumper cars, and one other ride together at the park. Ethan, David, Christopher, and his dad, Darren, also rented a boat and rode it on the lake. While they were enjoying their boat ride, Hudson cried the entire time - 30 minutes - because David was the one holding him when he had to leave to go on the boat ride. I know Hudson needs transition time - that became crystal clear very early on - but since we don't speak the same language, it is very difficult to transition him at times. Several Chinese ladies offered their advice to us - one rubbed her tummy, one told our guide (we had our friend Nikki today as our other guide had meetings to attend. Nikki was our "personal hospital tour guide" with Lilly in 2007) that we should give him water. Of course I knew better, Hudson was just angry - period! Once David came back from the boat ride, Hudson was fine. It was a wonderful morning and the park was beautiful; however, it was excruciatingly HOT and MUGGY. David and Darren were literally soaked and I actually felt a little sick. But we made it back to the hotel where we cooled off, ate some Ritz crackers with peanut butter, ramen noodles, and fruit.
Then we went swimming. . .
You may recall Hudson was petrified of his first bath so my expectations were low. I'll let the pictures tell the story. . .
Yes, much progress indeed. Ethan and Hudson enjoyed a warm bath after their swimming pool time
The Gamecock Boys - we're missing Fulton!
Although you will likely be reading this after the fact, please pray for Nikki. We have been witnessing to her since our trip to adopt Lilly in May 2007. We even gave her a Bible on our trip to adopt Ellie in September 2008. Tonight we are thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a Christian worship service in China! The service is on Shaiman Island and guess who is going with us? Yep, Nikki accepted our invitation to dinner and church. The entire service will be in Mandarin so although we will understand nothing, we pray that God will speak to Nikki during this service. I have been praying since last night, when our plans were made, that God would open Nikki's heart and should would be receptive to what she hears. Nikki said she is excited to attend the church service. I'll let you know how it goes in tomorrow's post.
Listed with BAAS/ see video:http://youtu.be/8rexL2SF98A Shi Jian Feng (Jason)
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Waiting in China for a family
Lauren - almost 3 years old with Homeland
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Timeline to Leiney Grace
6/22/2011 1st saw her sweet face; requested file 6/23/2011 received file, began to pray for wisdom 6/28/2011 requested update as file was a year old 7/11/2011 received update of positive nature 7/12/2011 accepted Lei Qingquan's referral, LOI submitted 10/7/2011 DTC (dossier to China) 10/14/2011 LID (log in date) 12/05/2011 LOA (letter of acceptance) 12/16/2011 I800 Approval (expedited/LG's heart condition) 12/23/2011 NVC Cable 12/24/2011 I800 Approval Received 12/28/2011 Article 5 Drop-Off (expedition requested) 12/29/2011 Article 5 Picked Up (expedited!) o1/06/2012 Travel Approval 01/27/2012 Depart for Beijing 01/28/2012 Arrive in Beijing 01/29/2012 Tour Great Wall, fly to Changsha 01/30/2012 Meet Leiney Grace! 01/31/2012 Finalize adoption- China side 02/01/2012 Sightseeing in Changsha 02/02/2012 Visit Leiyang SWI (where LG has lived for 5 yrs) 02/03/2012 Sightseeing/ fly to Guangzhou 02/04/2012 Adoption Medical Exam, TB test, etc. 02/05/2012 Visit Safari Park 02/06/22012 Visit Lingnan Park 02/07/2012 Consulate appointment 02/08/2012 Pick up LG's visa, take train to Hong Kong 02/09/2012 Depart for HOME! Arrive 5:11 PM!