Monday, September 14, 2009

Sept. 14 - Nanjing

We made it to Nanjing!! Yes, brave Becky got on the train - that was ALL Joe's idea - and once our agency found us a "safe" train and gave us the go-ahead - I started feeling like backing out! I mean really - 2 foreigners, train, 4 pieces of luggage - oh my, I just saw trouble there! But I have to eat crow and admit that it was quite fun - the train is one of the fastest around - went over 200 km/hr at some points - and we saw so much of the countryside of China - it was gorgeous. I do think we were the only Caucasians on the train though and many had a hard time not staring at us - not to mention those that had seat numbers beside us and went out of their way to find a new seat! Oh well - I don't blame them - it's scary to sit by Joe and I -ask our friends!!

Well - if it didn't feel real - it does once you hit your province. The rooms are all ready for Jada!

That crib really makes things seem real!! This is a very nice hotel - look what they delivered to us - the paper and a rose - hmmm, one could get used to this real fast!!
View from our room - a nice garden outside the front of the hotel - we thought it was so pretty...
...but it got even better at night - WOW!
We met up with the Danielson's and that was a fun evening - we were really wanting some companionship so that was a nice gift! (We were missing our travel group from last time - it is so nice to have those comrades!!) We went to Burger King for dinner :) and then went for a walk to look around Nanjing - another city that I am enjoying seeing - China is just full of such amazing cities.

We are told that our little ones will have to get up around 6 to leave their orphanages and head to Nanjing. We were warned they might be hungry AND crabby - we had to laugh - crabby is the least of our worries!! Both the Danielson's and Joe and I are wondering what it will be like to take a 3 year old and turn their whole world upside down. Not only are we unfamiliar, but so is the whole outside world. My heart goes out to Jada - this will be a day that will be SO hard for her, but we pray that she softens quickly - that she learns to love us like we love her - and that we can be a blessing to her. We will send some pictures your way tomorrow when we've ALL had time to adjust!

14 comments:

Jill said...

This brings tears to my eyes...Im so happy for you words could not even begin to describe it. I can't wait to see you two with Jada. Blessing run both ways and our Lord is one amazing Father. Enjoy

Heather VE said...

We are so eager to read the "Meeting Jada" post -- and teary, of course. :) It sounds like the trip has been wonderful so far and we trust that God will continue to provide for you, as He has all along. Have a wonderful day!

Jill said...

Glad you made to Nanjing safely! Waiting anxiously for your next post!!

Kim K. said...

I'm on pins and needles waiting to see the next post. All my best!!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What a beautiful hotel and garden view room! I love how things light up at night in China. I will be praying for Jada. Love trumps trauma. So many are covering you in prayer. Its going to be okay. Can you believe you are THIS close??!!! :)

Blessings,
Robin

Carrie said...

Praying for ya!

Catching Butterflies 3 said...

My Sarah is from Nanjing. Maybe I have old photos of your girl? I hope it all goes very well! Bless you!

Kristi said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, we are checking in several times a day, loving the pictures and following your travels closely!!! Rest assured we are already praying for Jada and your first day together tomorrow. Will be praying all through the day and will be waiting for any news!!!! Also praying for Chloe and boys as they wait at home! Sending you our love and also prayers that you guys will be able to sleep in spite of all the excitement. 2 Corinthians 1:3&4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Whitty's Four said...

We cannot wait untill tomorrow... so hurry!!!We are praying for that sweet precious girl!!!!
Karen,Jeff and Caeleigh

Steffie B. said...

I'm thinking and praying for you daily.....and soon sweet Jada will finally be in your arms! ;)

Sue said...

I am so excited for the 3 of you and you know we will be praying for the best of all days! God has brought you this far, the next few steps will be amazing! Really looking forward to your next post.

hollym. said...

TO....MORROW, TOMORROW...YOU'LL HAVE HER, TOMORROW...IT'S ONLY A DAY AAAAWAAAAYYYYYY!!!!:)

Praying for peace for Jada and for her to feel safe and instant Love for her Momma and Daddy!

shelley said...

We just returned frm Nanjing in April. You musst see the brocade factory...stunning. We did a lot of walking around....Hunan Rd is a great street to see at night. Thinking of your big day tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Becky and Joe! Loved reading about your travel and how you get to bring home such a gift! Can't wait to see pictures - said a little prayer for you tonight that all goes well the next few days -
Alicia Wyant

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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