The Honeymoon Is Over

(This was written at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 16)

Eliza started grieving during the night last night. We are so thankful that the grieving process has started, but that does not mean that it has been easy. Quite the contrary. We have had a very long night and an even longer day today.

Yesterday evening we were having a blast though! The only time when I put Eliza down that she doesn’t throw a fit and cry is when I need to use the bathroom. I take her with me, set her down, and she just stands there. Last night I walked to the sink without picking her up to see what she would do. She followed me! It was the first time I have seen her walk.

But wait. It gets even better. I washed my hands, and then just acted like I was still doing things to see what she would do. She walked back and forth from me to the mirror over and over! I went to the door, opened it to leave, and she followed. When Blake and Addie saw my arms empty and looked down to see Eliza walking, they cheered! Then Addie got down on her knees, and opened her arms wide. Eliza RAN straight into Addie’s arms and gave her a big hug. It was priceless!

Not only does she walk well, but this chick can RUN!!

Yesterday we were in the honeymoon period. We had many wonderful moments together with Eliza!





Today the honeymoon is over. Eliza slept until almost 8 a.m. this morning after a very rough night. Do you think she is being fair with her share of the bed? Yeah, me neither.



After we attempted breakfast and had to quickly leave before even getting our food, we ate in the room and then walked to a store to get some things we needed. Like two new arms for me. In the shape of a stroller. Not sure she will agree to sit in it, but we are going to try sometimes.

This photo is hazy because it is 100 degrees here with 1000% humidity. Yep. Really!




The bulk of our day has been spent in the room. Eliza took a great nap on my lap. I love holding her so much!


Late this afternoon we headed to the police station to get Eliza’s passport picture taken. It was a very neat experience, minus the four miles I paced with a flailing, screaming child in my arms.

There is hope that we are turning the corner as I type. She is letting Addie Mae feed her, and is smiling and acting more like the Eliza we first met. Even if we don’t turn the corner, it is all good, because grieving all the change that has happened to her in the last few days is a very important thing.

Please pray for us as we have made the hard decision to visit Eliza’s orphanage in the morning tomorrow. We are not sure it is the best thing for her right now, but it is a once in a lifetime chance, and we are hoping that it will provide closure for Eliza instead of more confusion into her little mind. Her foster Mama will probably be there too, and that may be really hard. Please pray!

We have been SO, SO, SO blessed by the support all of you are giving us right now. I wish I had time to answer every comment and e-mail. We are reading each and every one, and last night during the night I sat and read them all again. I just needed the support right then and there. Thanks to each and every one of you SO much. Please keep praying with us! We still have one more week here and are getting homesick already.

“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26


  1. Naomi says:

    We’re praying! Oh, what a sweet little girl you have, and she’s so adorable. We’ll be praying for God’s protection for her mind and that she’ll feel secure with you all.
    Father, please give all the Moschels a peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for their servant hearts, ready to do Your will at home, at work, and in China. Bless them, keep them, protect them. Keep them perfectly secure, for You are the God of love, Jehovah Jireh.
    In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

  2. Kirstin says:

    We are praying here in Nebraska! I just cannot get enough of your storytelling or pictures- thank you for letting us travel with you! I am so glad Eliza has you as a mommy, the mommy who loves to hold her even when your arms are tired. Tears are flowing- we know this is all so wonderful and yet so,so hard. Soon you’ll all be home and all be together- praying you there!

  3. Tristan says:

    I’ve not been able to comment much as we’ve been dealing with an unexpected death in the family and funeral (my Brother in Law in another state), but you have all been in my prayers! Eliza is a cutie pie. What a blessing you each will be to one another through the years.

  4. Debi says:

    Praying hard for you guys and Eliza as you face the challenging step of going to the orphanage. Can only imagine what she is feeling as she navigates this new territory and feeling out of control! Hang in their! Praying for precious Eliza’s peace and comfort that only God can give…..and for supernaturally strong arms! And wisdom for each moment.

  5. Jill Leander says:

    I continue to keep you all in my prayers and hope each day gets better. Before you know it, you will be back home and into your normal routine! Hang in there!

    Love, Jill

  6. Karen F says:

    It was a joy to my heart to hear how Eliza is adjusting, and learning to trust her new family! I can just imagine that precious moment when she ran into Addie’s arms. Everything in Eliza’s life is changed now, and I know there are, and will continue to be, painful challenges as she enters this new world…leaving all that she knows…and becoming part of a family that loves her more than she can understand. We continue to pray for all of you, and I’ll especially be praying for Eliza as you take her to visit the orphanage. Thank you for keeping all of us updated and sharing all the precious pictures!

  7. Connie says:

    Continuing to pray for you with each step that you and Eliza Claire are going through. Praying for safety in every way for the four of you there and for the family at home. How thrilling it must have been to see Eliza run! I cried when I read that! Such joy and such blessings are abounding and will continue to in so many ways. May God give you the rest, strength, and health that you need. Praying for your visit to the orphanage. I pray for you as I go to sleep and if I wake during the night, and off and on throughout the day.

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