Monday, August 15, 2011

Here we go!

Sometimes the wait seemed so long over the last year, especially when I saw her very first picture.  It felt like it was going to be the longest 4-6 months of my life.  Even though some of the days were longer than others, I can't believe I am sitting here.  Bags are packed, and I am so ready to meet my daughter!  I must say for the first time, I feel nervous.  Mostly nervous about how she is going to react to us.  I am praying that she bonds and attaches to us both quickly, but I also know that it is sometimes not the case.  So those of you that have kept our family in your prayers, please pray that God is preparing her heart.

I will miss my boys terribly!  I will definitely be holding back tears when I say goodbye on Wednesday morning.  Leaving them for 2 weeks is not my first choice, but the best one for our family right now.  They will start school while we are gone.  Today they found out who their teachers will be, so I was glad to know that before I left.  I love you my sweet boys!

We leave on Wednesday, and on Sunday we will meet our little girl.  For those of you on the east coast, we will meet Hayley while you are sleeping (Saturday night into Sunday).  I hope to post something that night when she (hopefully) falls asleep...ha! :-)

God has been so good!  I know I have said that over and over in my posts, and I will continue to say it always.  He has blown me away with this whole adoption journey.  Financially He has blessed us with what we need, when we needed it.  Emotionally and Spiritually, I have grown so much.  I am starting to see that when we follow His will, and we are doing something to futher His Kingdom, He will bless that.

We will be in four different cities, while we are in China.   I am sure the trip will be exhausting, but also so exciting to see the culture and experience the country that our daughter is from.   I hear that driving over there is an experience, and that the Chinese food there is nothing like the Chinese food here.  I am very excited see what "squeak" shoes are all about, and plan on getting Hayley a pair.  I am most certainly not looking forward to the "bathrooms"  that are just a hole in the ground (hmmmm...), or the intense heat that we were told to expect. But we are really looking forward to seeing the Great Wall, and we are hoping to toboggan down.   I never knew you could do that!

So I thought I would post a few pictures of her room here, and the next time I post we will be in China!!! Yay! 


  1. Woohoo!! We're so excited to meet our new niece! And Lucas can't wait to meet his first girl cousin - not that he doesn't love his five boy cousins :) We've been and will continue praying for you and Nate, Aidan and Cameron, and especially Hayley. We'll see you in two weeks!

  2. Congratulations! I am looking forward to "following". You must buy way more than 1 pair of squeakie shoes (stock up on future sizes) and don't pay more than $3.00 each :-) We also avoided squatty potties entirely our first trip and only had to visit them for the 2nd trip because of our 4 year old.
    --Andrea (howo10 on Holt Boards)

  3. We are excited for your family as you meet your little girl! (we met your husband at a reading phillies game in May-we had our 8 year old with us who is adopted from china-we traveled last year for our second daughter) we look forward to following your blog and we'll be praying for you! It's an amazing trip!:) Barb and Randy Moyer

  4. How thrilling to relive what we experienced for our second time around last year! Hey! Anonymous said a Reading / Phillies game! We are in suburban Phila! And also like Anonymous, we had our 6 year old with us when we brought our second daughter home! I have a feeling we were in the same group as we two were in May!!!!
    Best and warmest wishes!

  5. So happy you are there in China! And praising God that He called you to be Hayley's family - thank you from us for following His leading in your lives. Can't wait to meet her!
    Rick, Kris, Makenzie & Kaitlyn