We are in Libby's city!!! Today, we flew from Beijing to Chongqing. It was about a 2 hour and 45 minute flight. Chongqing is a very big, busy city. Our hotel is the most beautiful I have ever stayed at, and when we got to our room, there was already a crib in it for us. That was a great feeling. We spent almost an hour doing paper work, and then we went to the grocery store. It was a grocery, department store in one. To me, it seemed much bigger than a Wal-Mart, but it may be because it was very overwhelming. Everything was in Chinese. We had fun getting some crackers, and formula for Libby. We also found Pringles and Oreos for us!!! For dinner, we ate at the Pizza Hut across from our hotel. It was delicious. We have had a long, busy day and are ready to go to bed. We meet tomorrow morning at 9:00am (Sat evening 9:00pm EST) to drive to Libby's orphanage. It is about a 2 hour drive. Our next post will be all about Libby. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Love, Libby's family
Join our family as we journey to bring our baby home.
Home Sweet Home
After a total of 18 hours on 3 different planes, we are home. Libby did well on the 2 shorter flights and just ok on the long flight. It is hard to get comfy and sleep on plane seats and she fell off once which made her very leary of falling asleep again. We spent some time in the bathroom while she screamed herself to sleep, so we didn't bother other passengers. We also took turns sleeping on the floor so we would be more aware when she was rolling around during her sleep. We made it and I am happy to say when we got home, she also slept for 6 hours!! We are hoping the transition to the time change is a smooth one for all of us. We are so blessed and grateful to be home. Libby LOVES her brothers. She is doing better about not needing me to hold her as much, but only if she is on the floor playing. She is not ready to let me leave the room or let anyone else hold her. It will take some time, and I am amazed at how well she is doing overall. We welcome visitors, but you may want to call first as naps could be happening at any moment for any of us!!! Thank you again for your prayers. We serve an amazing God.
Ready to come home
We have had an amazing stay in China and have loved every minute of it, but we are very ready to come home. After a gliche in the system at the American Consulate yesterday, we have been cleared to leave and we have Libby's Visa. It is 7:00pm US EST time. The trip home involves 3 plane rides and a total of 24 hours so we need your prayers. We board a plane in Guangzhou at 11:55pm your time and take a 3 hour flight to Beijing. We have a 3 hour lay over in Beijing and get on a flight at 6:30am your time for a 13 1/2 hour flight to Washington DC. We then have a 2 hour lay over and board a plane at 9:30pm for our final 2 hour flight. Please pray for smooth plane rides, our health and safety and for Libby as it will be a long day and will be the start of adjusting to the time change for all of us. Thank you for your prayers and we thank God for His hand upon everything.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
We made it to Beijing. The flight was great, but long. No turbulence, very smooth and the food was good too. The flight plan was very interesting. We flew from DC above Maine, Greenland, the North Pole (that was cool), Russia and into China. We could see land the entire time and it was beautiful, mostly snow. The entire flight was daylight. The inagural celebration continued on the plane, and after we landed in Beijing. We received a certificate, a goodie bag with a stuffed panda, and a stamp collection of US and China stamps. We were also interviewed by the Washington Post. So far everything has been great and I am hoping my body will adjust well with a good night sleep. Tomorrow we are touring Beijing including the Great Wall. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. We are praising God for allowing us to be here and be a part of this amazing time. We will post again tomorrow.
Posted by Mrs. Sanders at 5:35 AM
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Well, it's finally here. As I typed those words, tears came to my eyes, which is not surprising to everyone who knows me!!! We are sitting in Washington DC, waiting for our direct flight to Beijing, and we got the neatest surprise. Our flight is the inagural flight of United from DC to Beijing. It is really a big deal. We had no idea until someone on our connecting flight from Atlanta told us. There are tons of reporters, decorations, catered food, and the mayor is coming to give a speech. Maybe the food will be extra special!!! It was really a neat surprise, and we have already taken several pictures for Libby's scrapbook. There are actually a few people getting on the plane, flying to Beijing for the inagural flight, and then coming straight back for the inagural flight back. That sounds crazy to me. There is a lady near me talking to reporters who just flew in from Australia just for this flight, because "inagural flights are so fun". I thought going to get Libby was enough excitement for one trip, and now this!!! Thanks to everyone for keeping up with our journey, and our next post will be from China. We love you.
Posted by Mrs. Sanders at 7:15 AM
Thursday, March 15, 2007
We are so excited to post that we have our travel plans. Thank you for your continued prayers for our family. The wait to meet Libby is almost over. We leave on Wednesday, March 28 and return on Thursday, April 12. We go to Libby's orphanage to get her on Sunday, April 1. We are so excited and can't believe our trip is in less than 2 weeks. Please check back here during our trip as we will post blogs and pictures while we are gone. Also, please pray for the boys, my sister, and our entire families. Thank you and check back for pictures!!!
Posted by Mrs. Sanders at 1:39 PM
Monday, March 12, 2007
After several LONG weeks of waiting, our Travel Approval (TA) arrived today at our agency. They immediately sent a fax to the American Consulate in China requesting our appointment to finalize the adoption. The date of this appointment will determine the exact dates of travel. The tentative plan is for us to leave the US on Thursday, March 29 - get Libby on Monday, April 2 - and return home on Friday, April 13. We will keep you posted. Please pray for the appointment scheduling to go smoothly and quickly, for our family while we are away, for our health and safe travel, and for Libby and her biological family. Of course, we need prayers and protection for the million things we don't even know to pray for, that our Amazing Heavenly Father has already and will continue to take care of. Thanks to everyone for their incredible love and support. We love you.
Posted by Mrs. Sanders at 12:09 PM