After 51 1/2 weeks or praying, planning, and preparing our family
for the arrival of two very special little girls,
the day FINALLY came when we got
to board the airplane for China!
Our first stop, Shanghai, China
birth place to our
sweet Mackenzie Ty!
Our flight to San Francisco was great and uneventful.
The flight to Shanghai was a completely different story...
The sweet little boy in the row ahead of us screamed and cried
for about 11 hours of our 13 hour flight.
The poor little guy broke our hearts
as he screamed and cried
and pulled at his ears.
Jacques, Kelley, and I were all painfully aware that this could be us
very soon on our flight home!
VERY scary thought...please be praying for wonderful
in-country flights, and
especially our LONG flights home!!!!
Our guide, Sandra met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel.
We ventured out to explore the city of Shanghai and get some dinner...
what an experience!
Three Americans who do not speak Chinese, in a city FULL of people
who do not speak English made for a hugely comical night.
Needless to say, after trying to find a restaurant on our own,
Jacques ended up with a bowl of mystery meat and noodles
while Kelley and I settled for a safer option...
McDonald's Double Cheeseburgers!
As embarrassing and at times humiliating as last night was for me,
I am so glad that we got to experience the frustration
of a MAJOR language barrier.
Very soon our little girls will have their world flipped upside.
They will not understand us,
and we will not understand them.
They will be scared, frustrated, and annoyed
just like we were last night
when we were all severely overtired and just wanted to eat.
This morning I woke up at 5:30am with a case of major excitement.
The mere thought that Mackenzie is only 6 miles from our hotel
has created a level of longing, excitement, and anticipation
that I have never experienced to this degree
before in my entire life.
We ate breakfast at our hotel,
and then enjoyed some coffee afterward.
Emily's delicious caramel cappuccino
Kelley's yummy latte
Directly across the street from our hotel is a breathtaking place
called Xujiahui Park...it is so peaceful and serene.
We walked around enjoying the park for a couple of hours.
Jacques spotted a man teaching Tai Chi to a boy.
Before we knew it, Mr. Social, I mean Jacques,
was over talking to the man in French!
And just wait until Mackenzie sees the photos of her Papa playing
basketball in HER city...super cool!
Our guide took us to Colonial Shanghai where we had tea
at a place called Huxinting Teahouse.
We enoyed the Dragonwell tea, which is what the Queen of England
enjoyed on her trip to this Teahouse.
Ate quail eggs...well, let's be honest here, Jacques
ate the quail eggs while Kelley
and I watched.
And laughed at the BIG American trying to get down the stairs!
We ended our evening with a riverboat cruise around Shanghai.
Tomorrow evening Jacques will leave for Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
We suspect he will meet Lily tomorrow night.
Please pray for our precious baby girl that she will embrace
her Papa's love and feel safe and secure quickly!
Two more sleeps and a wake up until Kelley and I get to meet