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.

The doctor visit wore her out.

We had to take a lunch break at the doctor.

Say Ahhhhh.

Getting measured

Waiting to see the doctor

When I first met my Mom

My first picture with Mom and Dad

Sleeping Beauty

Yummy

My first outing in the rain

Monday, April 9, 2007

Shopping

We have had a blast shopping in Guangzhou. There are so many little shops, and they all have pretty much the same exact thing, but it is a lot of fun. We found the perfect blanket for Libby since she was very attached to the one in our last hotel, and they wouldn't let us buy it for her. She has become attached to the new one and we are glad because it definitely helps her sleep. Today we had her doctor appointment. She did very well, was very cooperative and got a clean bill of health. We also went to the local jade and pearl shops which were very overwhelming. I am grateful for our guide because some of the sellers were obviously trying to take advantage of us as foreigners since we have no idea how much things should cost. He helped us a lot. Tomorrow, our adoption rep and local guide go to the American Consulate appointment for us at 11:00am local time. We have to stay in our room in case there is any question with our paper work, but that should go smoothly. We are taking a picture of all of the babies in our group on the famous "red couch" in the White Swan hotel. Then, tomorrow night is a celebration dinner (another one) with our group. We still have some more shopping to do, so it should be a busy day.

4 comments:

lisasnow said...

Lynn & Rod, I was out of town last week, but caught up with your postings on Sunday morning! As I read, I couldn't help but smile and cry with joy! What a blessing to be able to see everything unfolding as you go through it. And what an beautiful little girl - I can't wait to actually see her in person!!!

We continue to have you guys in our thoughts and prayers and can't wait until your family is back together and on Georgia clay!

Love you,
Lisa

LisaB said...

Lynn & Rod,
Kayla and I were reading your blogs and realized we could send you a comment. I can hardly contain the emotions I have seeing you guys holding your daughter. It takes me back to my own adoptions and how amazing God is to provide!!! We will pray for your speedy and safe return. We can't wait to meet Libby face-to-face; and what an adorable face it is!!! Love, The Bonds

Crew Mom said...

I CANNOT wait to meet this little miracle! I am so thankful you are safe and home. I know Libby will adjust quickly and feel God's love surrounding her in her new family. She has been blessed with so many people who love her already! We love you all!!
Love,
The Coleman's

sarahv1020 said...

i love the picture of her! they are so aborable! i was looking for a map but found much more! i hope you are happy with your family! :)