This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).

12.17.2011

Guangzhou!





We arrived in Guangzhou safely Friday night. While we enjoyed our time in Shanghai, we are really grateful to be here. The final day in Shanghai Scott and I both were really struggling with homesickness, and while we still miss our other children immensely, coming here to Guangzhou has put the wind back in our sails.

First, we were delighted to reunite with Philip and Chrissy, our dear friends from back home. And of course, we were thrilled to get to meet their new daughter, Li Rose! She is absolutely precious.

Since all American families must spend the final week of their adoption trip in Guangzhou, where the American consulate is located, we have been refreshed to be around many other Americans, meeting their children and hearing their stories. We also really like the city of Guangzhou itself, and today will be touring some gardens with the Cobbs and one other family.

We will also have an opportunity today to visit the New Day Foster Home later today. The Cobb family has connected with the couple that runs this home designed to care for orphans with a need for immediate surgery or other severe special needs. Our two families planned this trip before we left, and God opened the door for us to be able to bring some medical supplies to donate as well. We are looking forward to meeting these precious children today and learning more about how we can support the work of New Day from back home in the states. Thanks to Dr. Massias and all those from the Orphan Care Ministry who jumped on board so enthusiastically to help donate the items we are bringing today! We look forward to reporting back on our trip soon.

I've attached a few pictures so you can see what we've been up to. The first photo is of Mei enjoying the new toys (apples) she found at our hotel in Guangzhou. The second is a view of the first gardens we visited in Shanghai. The 'gardens' are actually many little buildings and landscape- rocks, water, trees- making up the home of a very wealthy man. Now it is not a home but open for tourists to see how the wealthy used to live. Then there is a picture of the Jade Buddha temple we visited in Shanghai, and finally a photo of the three of us standing in the People's Square with a great view of part of the city behind us.

We are so thankful for each and every one of you who are continuing to pray for us. We continue to be in awe of how well Mei is doing. She is blossoming more and more everyday and is so comfortable with us. Oh, and I haven't told you the best part!! She is saying "Mama" and "Dada"... and pointing to us! She knows who we are for sure. I just wish you could hear her say it. I thought my heart was going to stop the first time she said it. Then later the same day she said it in a crowd and pointed to me across the room- oh my goodness! What a gift...

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