(this is being written at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning!)
We made it! Praise be to God!
Our first flight was over an hour late, although we still do not know why. This gave us an opportunity to spend more time with the children….but it did not make the goodbyes any easier!
Thank you for praying us to our connection! When we got to Chicago, we made a mad dash through that huge airport to get to our gate, with one pit stop on the way to safely fuel my body with a delicious green smoothie!
Do you think they have Jamba Juice here in Guangzhou? Oh, sorry, I regress…
When we got to the check-in counter, the gal took our passports and then said, “Where have you been? We have been looking all over for you!” Not a good sign…..but thankfully they had not given away our seats on a very booked flight. There was a mess checking in, as the gal in La Crosse had not booked us the whole way through, so by the time they straightened that all out, it was time to board the plane. As we went to board, Blake’s boarding pass would not scan, so we were all back at the check-in desk to fix it again. That was RIGHT where God wanted us, as a man in a uniform and yellow vest walked in, heard what was going on and said, “Are you Blake? I just now have your five suitcases and will personally be making sure they get on this plane.” I could have kissed that man!
Our flight was uneventful (although VERY bumpy for long periods of time) until about four hours before we were to land in Hong Kong when Addie started throwing up. I have never seen so many people move so fast in such a small space in the dark! Poor Addie was so motion sick and it got the best of her.
We arrived at the Garden Hotel, after a three hour van ride, at about 9:30 p.m. last night. (That is China time, Saturday night.) It is an AMAZING place! We are living in luxury!
We slept from midnight to about 5:30 a.m. on a huge, very hard, king size bed. Addie has her own bed (I wonder if it is softer?!) and is still sleeping as I type. When I asked Blake if he slept good he said, “Like I was in a coma.” Me too.
Today is a free day until we meet with our guides and the four other Lifeline families that are here at 4:30 p.m.
Only ONE MORE SLEEP till little Miss Eliza Claire is in our arms!!!!!
Share in our praises!
*That we made our connecting flight! (my legs are still burning from that three mile run!)
*That all of our luggage made it too!
*That our seats were in the very last row on that huge 777 – right by the bathrooms and where all the flight attendants were. Exactly where we needed to be when Addie was so sick!
*That a sweet old Chinese lady who was sitting next to me traded seats with Blake (he was in front of us) when Addie starting getting sick, so that Blake could help us. (She started getting sick not too long after Addie, and would wave her finger at Blake every time she was. I think that finger was saying “Don’t you know that I can’t be around people who are throwing up without throwing up myself?”)
*That once the plane landed, we were able to get Addie settled down long enough to get some motion sick medicine in her for the long van ride. It worked! Praise! Praise!
Please pray with us!
*For our day tomorrow as we meet Eliza! Pray for her especially.
*For our paperwork while we are here, that we will have all we need, and all paperwork processes will go smoothly.
*For Addie to regain her strength after a long day yesterday.
*For the children at home.
Oh my goodness!!! WE ARE IN CHINA!!!!