Monday, March 30, 2015

A Princess

To say that this child is an angel is an understatement. She's been quiet. Very quiet. But aware. 
Internet has been spotty and I am tired so I'll quickly update. 

We went to get Elizabeth about 3pm along with two other MAA families. 

I already posted photos and video on FB so I won't repeat those but here's a few others.

 We received the kids at the Civil Affairs office, She came right to me with a napkin clenched in her hand. I said "I'm Mama" and she got a silly grin on her face! Then came right to me! 
She is so aware of her surroundings. She kept looking over at a 2 year old friend of hers who was scared and crying. Seeing how upset she was when we all got into the van she eventually handed her that comfort napkin to wipe her face...such a compassionate heart she has. It was so sweet. Then she took it back haha. We still have it. (I remember Evan came with a bag of potato chips. I regretted throwing them away-this napkin with stay with us)
 She's a girl who likes accessories, Lots of them! She had every bracelet and hairband on that I brought! We need to shop! And the yard-sale Poly Pockets was a hit!!!
 Played for hours when we got back from eating.
 After a bath (she took the dolls in the tub) she princessed up in her tutu and new jammies and...
 .... played with those dolls a bit longer!
 An Angel.... she loves hugs and snuggles! And Arielle adores her!

Tomorrow is Adoption Day... When she becomes Elizabeth LongJu Fithian forever!

We are truly blessed to have such a treasure. A gift from God. I know that Jesus is doing a miracle through this one. She has a gentle spirit. And is smart too. I was counting her dolls and she finished counting for me... 

in English

I didn't expect that!

 More to come later....

Sunday, March 29, 2015

We are here... no fancy title :)

We are here and got some rest. Internet connection is ok. But slow. We are getting ready to take a walk for some supplies and take some photos of the surrounding neighborhood. 
I am so nervous about tomorrow. We are supposed to receive Liz 2-2:30pm which would be 2am home time :) Pray for us and Elizabeth. I can't imagine what this is like for her. Her whole life is changing. I don't know how she will respond to that. But it must be scary for a 6 year old.
I honestly don't know what to pray. So I just keep praying for God's will. He started this journey, He's not going to abandon it now... Oh, Lord, my heart!

The Garden Hotel is beautiful... Here are a few photos...
Making some jasmine tea

Being silly.  I don't know what those flowers are about.
 Looks like some religious thing, like a prayer offering to something.

A flower for a flower

The entry way... This photo does not do it justice!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ready or Not!

Bags are packed, well almost packed, except some sweatpants and shampoo we are still using. The house is still a mess but I plan to do that later... maybe. The boys are a mix of happy and sad, changing from minute to minute. Me too. 
I've checked that paperwork 102 times... and I still feel like I'm forgetting something. 

I have my pre-flight "headcold".

Elizabeth's bedroom is not done, but it's sleepable... I still need a night stand, and maybe a shelf for books and toys. And to finish putting up stars on the starry sky ceiling.

Thanks to awesome friends like Sue Dorrell and Bev Ferro she has a place to rest her head... with all her clothing in place!

A few pictures and decor on the walls and this room with be done. Maybe Liz can help, if she wants to. I wonder if she's ever had a room of her own. Probably not. Well, now she's a princess!

The men have bought their survival food, unsanctioned by mom. And they are very proud too! 

We have prayed, worshipped, thanked, and prayed again over and over and over... and continue without ceasing. Friends and family and even strangers (you know who you are) have supported us above and beyond the call of "duty". It has been an amazing journey so far that began 

One Year Ago

Almost exactly!

The first time we saw this face was March 21, 2014

We committed to adopt her April 12, 2014

And on March 31, 2015 Elizabeth will be a forever part of our family! Adoption Final!

And one thing is certain,

God ordained this adoption, He put it into motion and used many wonderful people to make this happen. My heart is full and I'm so excited to share our travels. 

In a few short days, this little girl, who has no family, and an 

"orphan status"

will be an orphan NO MORE! That is something to celebrate! Onward and Upward!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winter is Over

... Well, winter is not officially over, but as far as I'm concerned, it's done! But as we leave winter this week, I say good riddance, I mean, goodbye, with a few memories :) Onward and Upward!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It feels like forever

Almost everything is set... I'll be on my way on March 27th, receive our precious treasure on the 30th, do adoption related stuff (like passport, medical, visa, etc) while trying to learn more about her life and trying to bond some, then home on April 9th.

It feels like forever before I leave. It FEELS that way. Usually, once you receive TA, you are on the first available plane to wherever your child is. But scheduling did not allow that this time. 

But in 24 days, I will be on my way with my 17 year old daughter Arielle. Hubby will stay home with the boys. I will miss them terribly. 

Last time I was in China I lost over 10 pounds... of course the food choices I had were less than desirable. Well, unless you love authentic Chinese food. I LIKE it, but I don't love it. And when you are offered "extra" goodies like this, it takes away the appetite :) 

But I can't blame the food entirely, I was also sick...from the time I got off the plane. Don't know if it was food poisoning or a virus, but I'm praying it doesn't happen again!

I think this trip is going to be a good one. I don't know why but I think it will be REALLY good. Time will tell.

Lord prepare LongJu's little heart. Her whole world is about to change in a mighty big way. I pray she will know me. I pray that she will understand. I pray for her health to stay stable. And I pray ultimately for healing, inside and out. Be with us Lord and keep us safe on this journey of redemption. Just as You have redeemed us as Your own. You have taken the journey, paid the ransom and made us Yours. By the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ we are your adopted children. Yours. Fully, Totally Yours!