The Consulate and A Cruise

We are just starting our last full day here in China as I type this (Wednesday). We are VERY excited to get home!! We cannot wait to see the other children and introduce them to Eliza. Sykpe is just not cutting it anymore. I can’t wait till we are all together again!!

Yesterday morning we hurried down to breakfast and then straight from there onto the bus to the U.S. Consulate to swear an oath and finish our paperwork for Eliza’s visa. We were not allowed to take a camera (or much else for that matter!) with us, so I do not have any photos of our morning. It was HOT (which is the theme here), but not too bad overall. Eliza looked very patriotic in her red, white, and blue!


We got “take-away” for lunch yesterday and then let Eliza nap during the afternoon. After nap time we played for awhile. This girl is “fashion forward” (as they say here in China!)!





Our guided tour didn’t begin until 5:30 p.m. (which is why this post is late!), when we met to go on the Pearl River Cruise. We really enjoyed the boat ride, and everyone said the food was good too! It was fun to spend time with our friends here. We all agree it is going to be hard to say goodbye. Thankfully we will not have to say goodbye to three families until we are in Chicago, because they are on the same flight as us! How neat is that?!!!

Eliza LOVED the cruise. She was such a sweetie, and even walked around the boat on her OWN TWO FEET. She usually doesn’t let her feet hit the ground unless we are in our room!




The sunset over the water was amazing. All the while we were waiting to get to Eliza, the Lord blessed me with the thought that she was seeing the same sun and the same moon that we do in Wisconsin….yet half way around the world.


We went up to the top level of the boat to see all the beautiful lights of the city!




As the boat turned around to go back, they had a clown show for the children. It was so sweet! The kids loved it.



Eliza had a rough night last night. It breaks my heart to see her so upset and so angry. I just keep loving on her, using a soft voice to comfort her as the Lord instructs us in His word…”a soft answer turns away wrath.” When I bring my voice to almost a whisper, her countenance changes and she starts to calm down. We have come SO, SO far, but still have so far to go. Please continue in prayer for us.

Illness is flying through the families here, and Addie Mae woke with a very sore throat this morning. We are starting her on the “just in case” antibiotics we have for her, and are praying that we can all stay healthy enough to handle the long trip home!

Well, I know that some of you did not get to sip your morning coffee with us earlier this morning because this is late….but I sipped my coffee with you today as I typed!! Today we are off to ShaMian Island for some SHOPPING!!!


  1. Tracy Spenst says:

    Pop would have LOVED Eliza’s outfit! We have that same hair clip for our girls–sweet! Can’t wait to meet Eliza ourselves and praying, praying, praying for a safe, HEALTHY trip home! I love you all!

  2. Sandra Endress says:

    Eliza Claire – you look just the cutest in your patriotic outfit!
    The boat trip looks like it was amazing – what an awesome sunset! She looks so happy and content in the picture of you holding her on the boat – such a sweet smile!

  3. Christy says:

    Enjoy Shamian Island. My most favorite part of our trip (except Gotcha Day). Prayers for your safe journey home, Eliza’s healing and transition and your continued support and patience as she adjusts (she will each day).

  4. Kelly says:

    Addie what is that in those chopsticks? Which by the way, impressive, I have to ask for the cheaters when I go eat Sushi! Eliza is so adorable (love all the pics of her with her fashion stuff, she needs her Aunt to take her shopping!) and still praying for her to continue to adjust. In time she will have the Moschel spirit and calmness. Praying also for her the computers to get back up! I’m sure you are frustrated and I know how badly you want to get home to the kids. Love you Steph and hang in there.

    • Steph says:

      I think Addie is eating a steamed bun there. What is so funny is that she used two hands to get that bun in the chopsticks, and then posed them like that for me!!!! Ha, ha!!! Yes, I am literally aching to get home to the other kids. It is very hard to wait. But we rest in the knowledge that the Lord’s plan is best for us. We are fervently praying that those computers are back up this morning.

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