Wheww!!! Today was a L O N G day!! We left the hotel at 7;30 am to head to the Beijing Airport to fly to Zhengzhou. Got there only to learn that the flight would be delayed due to "heavy fog"..aka "extreme smog".
Over 3 hours later, we finally took off on what I swear was one of the worst, most turbulent plane rides I have ever been on. I was petrified and prayed the entire flight. I practically ran off the plane once we landed!
Later in the afternoon, we headed to our new hotel. On the way there we were given details about how our Gotcha Day would go tomorrow. Wait....did i just say TOMORROW?!?
We were given an updated schedule of Mia's as well as her favorite formula and types of foods she is currently eating. Once we got to the hotel, we quickly dropped our luggage off and headed as a group to Wal-Mart. You should have seen all of us Adoptive Families scurrying through Wal-Mart, stocking up for our new little ones. We walked back to the hotel and headed for dinner with the group. Luckily there are lots of restaurants attached to our hotel, so it makes it easy for meals. Tonight we opted for Italian....a much needed change!! It was so good. 2 bottles of wine later, we headed upstairs to unpack Mia's things and prepare for our BIG DAY.
Tomorrow, 8 sets of lives will change forever. 8 Orphans will gain their forever families...and we will gain the missing links to our families that we have been praying for. I stand in awe at how far God has brought us on this journey. From a whisper, nudging us to adopt...to a hotel room in China, preparing to meet the sweet little girl that will become our Daughter.
Tonight we are filled with so many emotions. Fear, anxiety, excitement. Tonight Mia will spend her very last night in an Orphanage. Tomorrow she will have a family there to love her, care for her, console her...whenever she needs anything. We worry over how she will react to seeing us. Will she be scared? Will she grieve? Tonight we pray that when we meet, her little heart will be open to us and free from fear. We pray that she quickly realizes how much we love her and that she will forever be safe in or arms.
We want to extend our most heartfelt thanks to all of our sweet friends and family who have been rallying for us, while we are away. Trust me when I say that your prayers are felt. It is such a welcomed sight to log on to our computers to find messages and emails from you, cheering us on. It has helped to ease our worries and fears. We cant wait for you all to follow along on tomorrow's big events......
Next post...with Mia!!!!!!