Monday, September 28, 2009

almost finished here!

Today we had our ceremony at the consulate.
Poor Shu Li,
even though our guide told her what was going
on, I don't think she fully understood what
the heck it was all about.
Everything was in English and I'm sure
she had trouble following it all.
Anyway, that marks our final step
and I couldn't be more grateful!!
We will pick up her visa tomorrow then catch
our train to Hong Kong
(we won't arrive there until 8ish PM).
The pic is of our new friend Michelle.
She is a wonderful Christian gal whom I just adore!!
She took it upon herself
to have a chat with Shu Li
(in Chinese, of course) and explained to her how
important it is for her to read her Bible every day.
It really touched my heart greatly!!
She just had her first (and perhaps only) child.
Since she and her husband are only allowed
one pregnancy, she said she might want to adopt!
But get this, she wants to adopt an American
baby!  So sweet! Who knows, maybe that could work out!
I'm just frazzled.
We leave for home on Wednesday around noon
(around 11 PM, central time, Tuesday night).
I will TRY to do at least one more post
before we leave (with more pics, hopefully!).


Karin said...

How totally cool that Michelle told ShuLi those things. I was just thinking how she had probably never heard the Good News before and was praying about that. So cool to read this today!!

Ya know, that $10 massage across from the WS might help your frazzled nerves. :) And the owner is a Christian. :) If you go up the stairs (there is a Youth Hostel and bus station there), continue inside and to the right of the bus ticket counter is a small beauty shop. They will wash your hair and give you a head massage for $3, or you can get a full body massage (with your clothes on) for $10. :)))

Gretchen said...

Just wanted to say...Have a safe trip home! And, again, congratulations!

Lisa said...

I am sure you are getting so excited to get home to see your other kids. It has been great for you to have the last couple weeks alone with Shu Li to bond. Praying for safe travels home.

Newark, Ohio

Sherri & Todd said...

Have a wonderful trip home and I will check in on the updates!!! Can't wait to see her with her sister and brothers.

Bless all of you!


Tony and Rett said...

SO glad you've kept us in the loop. I've loved traveling this road with you!

We're still here praying for you!

Adeye said...

You're almost there, dear friend. So close!

Ooohhh---can't wait to hear what your precious daughter thinks of her crazy brothers :)

Jean said...

I will have to find Michelle when I am there- hopefully she will have the same conversation with our girls!

Looking forward to your return!!


Denise said...

I haven't commented that much, but I loved following your travels!

Leah said...

I agree with Jean. I will have to find Michelle when we get there!

You are almost home!!!

Karen said...

You're on the home stretch now. How wonderful that someone was able to talk to Shu Li about God and prepare her to follow in the Word. Could you get a Chinese bible while you're there? Just a thought. That way she could read it until she is fluent in english.

From this side of the world, it seems like your journey has flown by. I can't believe you are already coming home. I look forward to seeing the first pictures of all of your children. I hope Shu Li is prepared for your fun loving boys:-) (I bet they put her at ease before you know it...they seem like great boys).

Sally- That Girl! said...

Homeward stretch!!! Can't wait to see Shu Li at home with your funny boys. SHe is going to be so happy!! It is hard to believe this part of your adoption journey is coming to a close!!

Very sweet your friend, Michelle, talked to Shu LI about Jesus. It just helps plant the seed even more and to have it coming from another CHinese person and in China is even better!!!

Cami said...

I'm praying for you!!! That must be so exciting and so tiring! Hey, I was wondering, how did you get that signature thing on your blog?

quilt-n-mama said...

Praying for you guys still, we've been gone a few days and it has been fun to catch up a bit!

connie said...

Well, just in case you don't get a chance to post again, please know we are praying you home! We have been so blessed to follow along! This part of the journey is nearly over, but the real one is just beginning!
And guess what our God has done - our TA IS COMING THIS WEEK!!!! We're headed to China soon - yippee!!!
Blessings, Friend!

Cari Bacon said...

That is the coolest God appointment I have ever be able to have a fellow Chinese Christian encouraging your daughter to read her bible...sweet!! My God never ceases to amaze me. :)

Cari Bacon said...

Hey..just notice your cool Wild Olive T-shirt...very nice!!

isabellecrouche said...

Love looking at your pics!
Praying for a safe return home.

Janet and Kevin said...

We are praying for a safe and uneventful trip home! Thanks for keeping us updated each day. We have all loved hearing about your time in China with your new daughter. We are so happy that you finally have your Shu Li in your arms to bring her home! May God bless the transition home for you all.

Love in Christ,
Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and waiting (day 56) for Eli's LOA

Ohilda said...

Loved catching up. What an amazing journey to an amazing girl!

Have a safe trip home.



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