Friday, August 12, 2011

We're On Our Way

Finally...after months of waiting and weeks of planning...we are on our way!! It has been an emotional roller coaster week for me. My mama heart is torn. I am having a hard time leaving the 4 that I have, but am excited to finally get my hands on Miss Gracie Joy. I think, as soon as I get on that plane...all will be good. I just hope I can get on the plane without bursting into tears 100 times!! I'm thinking I might wait to put make-up on until we take off :)

We leave today at 11:00 am and fly to Detroit. We will have a 7 hour layover there. Ugh...the only good thing is that I can get the pedicure I never fit in this week! We then leave for Beijing at 9:00pm our time, and arrive in Beijing at 11:00pm their time! We will stay overnight in Beijing and then fly to Changsha Sunday morning. This gives us plenty of time to settle in before we get to meet Miss Gracie at 9:30 Monday morning!!! I get butterflies just thinking of it!!

Thank you all for your messages, comments and emails full of support and prayer. I have felt every one. Please keep them coming!

I am praying that God is preparing Gracie's heart to accept the love we have for her. That God will comfort the heart of her foster mother who has loved and cared for her for 2 years. I pray that Richard and I will have wisdom to do the best we can to help her adjust. I am also praying for my children at home and their grandparents, that their days would be quick and easy. And finally, praying for safety as we travel to the other side of the earth and back.

Our next post will be from China! Stay tuned!!


ABC said...

So excited for you and praying for you every step of the journey!

The Payne Family Blog said...

Praying traveling mercies over you!!! So excited for your family!!!



Jboo said...

Will be following and praying for safe and speedy travels to your sweet girl and for our family at home. Take care.


Courtney said...

Best wishes for wonderful travel. This is such an exciting time for your family.

Kristi said...

Best wishes on your trip :-) Try to not worry (Ha, if you knew me, you would so be laughing as I am a total worrier by nature!)
Sounds like your mom may be expericing vertigo - my mother also suffers from this and the vertigo attacks are just heartbreaking and scary (my mom's is linked to an inner ear inflamation called Meniere's disease.). I hope your mom finds a fantastic ENT to help her.

Kathy said...

Congrats and can't wait to see her with you guys. Praying you have smooth and safe travels. Enjoy your second trip to China.

Jennifer said...

Yay! First upday!! Told you I'd be checking like a crazy person! ;)
Praying for you all! Can not wait to see Gracie in your arms Monday!!

3 Peanuts said...

I am so excited for you!! The day is finally here. I can still remember stopping by your house on the way home from Disney last October and you showing me Gracie's picture. You had that smile on your face and that twinkle in your eye and even though Richard didn't know it yet...I knew you were bringing that sweet girl home.

Here it is--less than a year later and we would be stopping by your house today if you were not going to be on your way to China!!! LOL! I will think of you as we pass your exit!!!!

I am praying for y'all, your Mom, your in-laws, your flight, Gracie and everything else! Now, don't make me wait up all night on Sunday night on my vacation waiting for news that you have her!!!! I will try to prop my eyes open with toothpicks ala Fred Flintstone but please know I will be sleeping at the computer waiting.

Safe travels.


Paige said...

Yay, it is finally here!! Our family will be praying for all of you here and in China!! Praying for uneventful days for your kiddos at home and for wisdom and grace for you and Richard as you receive Gracie....can't wait to see her with you all!!!!

Rebekah said...

I'm so happy for your family! I understand exactly how you feel about leaving your other kiddos behind...We keep second guessing our choice to leave our kiddos home because it is going to be so hard to be away from them for two weeks.
Praying for your whole family. I can't wait to see Gracie in your arms!

Shannon said...

WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's finally here!! Praying for safe travels to your sweet girl, peace for your heart and the heart of Gracie's foster mom, a fun adventure for the 4 at home, and an amazing time of bonding for you, Richard, and Gracie. "Gwacie in Tyna"...but not for long!! Love ya!

Sharon Ankerich said...

We are all here cheering you on!!! Praying for all the things you are praying! God has already prepared the way and you are in His will so all is well. Can't wait to see you again in China and then sweet Gracie in your arms!!!
Blessings and love!

snekcip said...

Now this just completes my week!!! Soooo excited to see you finally meet your precious Gracie! Praying for you and your family back in the States as they await to meet their precious sister/granddaughter!

Now in my Ty Pennington voice.... C'mon Pilots.....FLY THAT PLANE!!!!

Leggio said...

I prayed this morning for your sweet family. I started crying reading your email thinking of the day we get to meet our sweet Mia. May God Bless you and your family for answering God's call to helo the orphan.

Melody Lietzau said...

We will certainly be praying. God knows exactly what you need and he will give you the strength to endure. We are all waiting with excitement to see that sweet girl in her mommas arms. We were in Changsha a year and a half ago with out our boys getting our Hannah So I Can so relate to your emotion. You will all be together as soon as you know it.

Kayce said...

Praying for a safe trip and a smooth transition! Enjoy the trip and all the adventure!

DiJo said...

As I type from China, you are on your way here!!!!!
I hope that door is closed now, and you are feeling like you can relax for "a while!" Great idea to get a pedi in the DTW airport!!!! I am sure you will have some computer time too!!!!!

Enjoy this time with Richard!!!

Love from Guangzhou,

Ani said...

So excited for your family! Safe travels to China and I hope your mom's health is quickly restored. Can't wait for news of your littlest princess.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Have a very safe trip! I can't wait to read your updates. Keeping y'all in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you (and Gracie). My prayers are with you and your family.
Lynette in Laf.

sweet momma luv u said...

Hi Jennifer,
So excited! It is so hard to leave children behind.... Praying they will be just fine and enjoy themselves with your family.

Have a save trip, relax and enjoy as much as possible. Enjoy your pedicure!! Hope your lay over goes by fast.

Praying for Gracie to be open to you guys and just fall in love immediately! I get tears in my eye's when I think about the foster Mom and what they have to go thru when we adopt our precious children. I guess that is why we could never be a foster parents here. It would just break my heart to see the children go. IT takes a very special person to do what they do!

Hope you can catch up on some sleep and reading on the plane.


Dawn said...

Sending LOTS of hugs and prayers your way!!! xoxo

Chasing Dreams Photography said...

Safe travels!!! I am very excited for your family!!!! Can't wait to follow along on your journey!!!

Teresa M. said...

I'll be anxiously waiting for updates each day! Prayers will be lifted up for you. To God be the glory great things he has done!

Allison said...

We're keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim said...

Covering you in prayer!
Love & Blessings,

TanyaLea said...

oh the 'sweet and sour'... I can only imagine! That last photo shoot of Wesleigh sure was precious though... I cannot get enough of her sweet face! :)

Keeping you in our prayers as you prepare to meet your precious Gracie, and praying that her heart is ready and that the transition goes well.

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

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