Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

We have been so blessed. We really do have sweet children who are already calling us mama and baba and giving us kisses and not making it look like we have kidnapped them when walking around China.
But I will tell you it is not all rainbows and sunshine. Yesterday was ROUGH!!! There is no other way around it. I woke up exhausted, worn out, overwhelmed and homesick! I miss my kids at home terribly! The thought of the plane rides home and what life will change into when I get home have scared me to death. And sleep, though it is coming, it not good sleep.
After spending most of the morning walking in a fog of sadness, we got out of the hotel room so we didn't go stir crazy. That helped my mood a little. We needed to put the kids down for a nap since we had such a long day. Naps haven't been easy. Nina gets crazy hyper when it is time for bed so Josh has been walking around the hotel with her in a front pack till she falls sleep. Yesterday he finally got her to sleep after I had gotten Isac to sleep and I had laid down. Josh laid down for a few minutes and then Nina was up first, then Isac. Neither had a good nap. :/ We gave up and started packing. We went down and Josh had to work at getting a charge taken off of our bill (a collect call the front desk "helped" him with) and then we headed out. But before we could leave our guide told us the passport for Nina wasn't done yet so we had to go to the police station before the airport! GLAD we left early!!!
Since Nina had fallen asleep on Josh he stayed in the car with her and I went in with Isac to "pick it up". When we go there our guide said it would still be another 45 minutes! I was like umm, is there any other place we could go besides sitting here with him?! I knew he was sooo tired (as was I!) After waiting for what seems like 10 hours with Isac who neither wanted to sleep nor stay out of every garbage can without screaming, I told our guide I was going to the car. The car ride to the airport wasn't fun either. IT was rainy and the driver knew we were running late so he cut every person off and beeped at every person on the rode. Josh and I put our seat belts on at that point. Isac screamed pretty much the whoooole way there. Finally we got there with 15 minutes to go to the bathroom and eat some snacks before we had to board. It was almost 7pm at that point and the kids were beyond done. Nina could sence something was different and she was not liking it. The whole 3 hour, bumpy, shaky plane ride she would panic and Isac would scream, until of course Nina was asleep (well until the stewardess woke her up by talking into her ear to ask Josh to put his seat up) and Isac fell asleep right as the plane was landing.  As if this day wasn't hard enough on all of us, poor  Nina had five seizures just today. It's so tough on her little body. :( Just another HUGE reason I am so ready to get her home and get good care for her.
Finally at last we were in GZ!!!
We were beat, we were tired and I don't know HOW any of you super woman do this alone!!!!!
Adoption has soooo many amazing amazing beautiful points, but it is HARD stuff!!! You are tired, and homesick and just plain weary! Thankfully I have many friends who have been there done that who I have been able to lean on as a source of comfort!
GZ is beautiful and happening. I have seen many more different races of people here! Our  hotel is MASSIVE! And so beautiful! We have a little bedroom and living room. There is a pool somewhere and a little in door playground. We haven't gotten a chance to make it down there yet. Our breakfast was WONDERFUL too!!!
The kids had there medical appointments and it went as good and bad as we thought it would. Isac didn't seem to flinch at a thing. HE was of course our go with the flow kid, even for the blood draw. Nina on the other hand, wanted NO ONE to touch her! She screamed through the whole thing! Since she epilepsy they did her blood draw in a room with oxygen. Thankfully they let Josh hold her for this as usually they don't. She let me sooth her afterwards and has seemed to be good since. Thankfully all (but me) are napping soundly right now! HALLELUJAH!!!!!

*Not many pictures as it was not a picture kind of day! LOL

1 comment:

  1. Stay strong, Mama! You're almost home! You guys are a light to everyone that comes in contact with you! We're continuously praying for you! Love you lots!