Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Long Journey

A haze hangs in the air over Changsha as I look out our hotel window at the city sprawling below. It brings back memories of our two previous trips to expand our family. Each journey was a unique and amazing experience of bonding and attachment, and tomorrow morning we begin again! I can't believe that in just a few hours our lives will again forever be changed by a precious child! Exciting and scary! It almost doesn't seem real! We have been waiting for so long and seen her precious face so many times and tomorrow it all becomes real.

Our trip to China was long as usual but uneventful for the most part. Who doesn't love a 26 hour journey via three planes and extensive layovers?

We arrived late Saturday evening in Beijing and went straight to the hotel to bed. We got up this morning, early of course, because of jet lag in part as well as the crazy bright sun shining at 5 AM! After breakfast, which is one of my favorite things about hotels in China, it was back to the airport to head to Changsha.

Now at this airport, the security check was quite fascinating. We traveled several times domestically in China but this time they pulled out all the security stops. They didn't know what several of my toiletry items were so they simply had Adam go behind the counter to show them that Grace's detangler was not dangerous, and they were a little concerned with one of my hair products. Then, after going through the metal detector, everyone got a full pat down. Seriously guys, this pat down was extensive. I'll leave it at that.

So now we wait for tomorrow morning at 10:30. Grace and Anthony are super excited as are we. We can't wait to share our family day pictures with you.

Soon, very soon, sweet girl!

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