Sunday, August 28, 2011

Looking Back . . .

As Grace and I sat on the couch this week trying to cool off after the ants had been cleaned out of air conditioner, my mind flashed back to our first meeting and the hours following.  We landed at the Fuzhou City Airport to humidity like nothing I have ever experienced and with an anticipation that I can only compare to that moment before you walk down the aisle at your wedding full of excitement, uncertainty, and fear.  As we were ushered out to the car by our guide Helen, we learned that it will take about 30 minutes to get the hotel and then an hour or so after that we would be meeting our daughter for the first time.  Helen talked to us on our way to the hotel about the history of the area, etc. . . Do I remember anything from that car ride?  NOPE!  :)

Then we arrive at the hotel, check in and simply sit in the room, waiting for our life with Grace to begin.  It was an extremely weird feeling and the waiting was excruciating.  Then, we get the phone call that would change our life forever!  We rode the elevator down to the 2nd floor and entered a conference room filled with the sounds of scared children and uncertain parents.

One fear that had been flooding my mind over the past few months was, would I recognize my daughter?  The only pictures we had were ones of her from six months old.  As I scanned the room, my eyes lighted on a darling and terrified little girl standing off to the side in a Tinkerbell dress.  Adam and I looked at each other and instantly knew it was Grace.  She was very quiet at first and shy.  I got down eye level and tried to talk quietly to her while the caretakers were trying to push her on us saying Mama and Baba and pointing to us.  The poor little thing was so scared and confused.  While I was signing all the documents that would give us temporary custody of her until we could do the official paperwork the next day, she was sitting on Adam's lap and started whaling.  One of the caretakers ran up and shoved a chocolate in her mouth which just fell right back out of her open mouth cry.  We were just kinda shell shocked as you can imagine.  Then we were ushered off to our room to bond which was basically an evening filled with us trying to entertain her and distract her from the fact that she missed her foster family.  It was a difficult night but God carried us and through and it was an experience like no other.

There is much more I could say and I will over the months to come but now on to our important medical update on Grace.  This Friday, September 2, Grace will be having surgery on her left hand to make corrections.  She will be in a cast for about 4 weeks that cannot get wet to ensure she doesn't get an infection.  Please pray for the surgery and the physicians working on her.   I will post an update after the surgery.  We so appreciate all our prayer partners!  You are all such a blessing to us!

We have had a fun August traveling to Florida with Adam for a work conference and then to Oklahoma to see family.  I have included a few fun pics below!

Blessings to all!


  1. What a beautiful story! I can't wait to see her and hold her for myself! God bless you all and your life together!

  2. She looks like the cutest little bumble bee in that last photo! I'll be praying for the three of you all week and especially on Thursday!




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