We finally headed to the airport and all went smoothly except for one thing. Anthony got very concerned that the bags we checked were gone! We tried to explain it was OK, we would get them back and I think he finally understood.
Being a boy, he, of course, was thrilled with the plane ride! The smile that spread across his face as the plane started to lift off was priceless, and I just now realized that I forgot to take a picture. Sorry!!! I'll get one on the trip home. My favorite part was how conscientious he was about following the airline safety directions. I pulled the iPad out for Grace to play on and he got all concerned that we weren't suppose to have it out. Lol. Precious.
Upon making it to our awesome hotel room at the Garden Hotel, everyone crashed. (Have I told you about the shower tub rooms? I will have to post a picture later).
My favorite occurrence of today involves the most interesting hotel wakeup call I have ever experienced. I called last night for a wakeup call at 7 am. They asked what time for our second call and I was said, “uh, OK, 7:15 am?” Let me preface this by saying that they take their wakeup calls very seriously in China and I am still not sure why I needed two. Snooze?
The unfortunately loud ring of our telephone jolted Adam and I awake at 7 am. Adam flung his arm over in the direction of the phone knocking the phone off the receiver, sufficiently putting an end to our misery, so we thought. A few minute later, I hear this soft “ringing” sound coming from sitting room where the kids are sleeping. Initially thinking it is just Anthony playing with something, I stumble into the sitting room only to discover our suite door wide open with a house maid starting to enter our room! She said, “You ask for wakeup call?” Um, yes, I did ask for a wakeup call but not a room invasion at 7 am! Moral of this story, answer your wakeup calls in China!!
|View from our Hotel window in Guangzhou|
|Waiting for the Medical Exam to begin - he kept giving me sweet hugs!|
This morning after our fantastic breakfast where we saw lots of adoptive families eating, we headed off for Anthony's visa photo, medical exam and blood draw for TB. It was pretty much what you would expect, exactly like Grace's exam minus the TB test because she was under two when we got her. One big improvement is that they have new bigger and nicer location off Shamian Island. There again we saw lots of adoptive families which is great feeling after being stared at everywhere you. :)
|Adoption Medical Center|
|Grace's Photography skills Part 1|
|Part 2 - this one isn't too bad. :)|
|Part 3 - LOL - nice job, Grace!|
|Anthony tries his hand at photography - not too shabby :)|
|Apparently, after the traumas of the medical exam some parents need to buy a bottle of wine!|
Now after lunch after McDonalds, as I write this post, Grace is napping, Anthony is playing games on the Kindle Fire and Adam is working on homework for his DTS class and all feels right in the world.
God is so good and has blessed us in so many ways through this adoption process. Yes, we have a language barrier to overcome and unknown obstacles will most definitely arise, but our faith and confidence is in our God, who is greater and more powerful than anything we will encounter. We know that He is with us, walking this journey of life with us and at times carrying us when we are too tired to walk any further.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. . . .
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:18, 23-32, NIV)