Our kiddos!

Our kiddos!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Lazy Monday

Today we took it easy and just spent time as a family. We had a leisurely breakfast and came back to the room, rested and watched movies. It was a day much needed!! Tonight we enjoyed an amazing cruise on the Pearl River. It was absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could show you pictures but you will have to wait for a day or two. We didn't think we had our camera so we used our friends' camera, only to find out when we got back to the hotel that it was hiding in the bottom of our bag. We got to see the tallest building in China and it was pretty spectacular! Today wasn't too exciting but was refreshing after busy days. Jesiah's passport was delivered today so now we wait for our U.S.A. Consulate appointment on Wednesday morning and we should receive his visa Thursday afternoon right before we take a train to Hong Kong.

Here's our schedule for the rest of the trip:

Tuesday: Safari trip (so excited about this!!!)
Wednesday: Consulate apt. at 9 AM
Thursday: Free day until 4:30, pickup visas, take train to Hong Kong and stay overnight there
Friday: WE COME HOME!!!!!   We depart on our flight from Hong Kong to Detroit at 10:30 AM and arrive in Kansas City at 4:57 PM on Friday, December 16th. Our flight number from Detroit to KC is Delta flight 1214. 

We are welcoming anyone that would like to come to the airport to visit us to please do so!!!! We are SO excited to be coming home and bringing Jesiah into an amazing group of family and friends. We would ask that if you do come to the airport that you do allow our family (especially Kaylee and Eli) to be at the front of the crowd so that they might welcome Jesiah off the plane first. It is really important to us that he see them first. Each and every one of you are important to us so please know that isn't to slight anyone. We can't wait to be back on American soil!!! Jesiah will officially be a citizen of the United States of America when we touch down in Detroit (and I promise, Adele, I will get a picture/video of it!!!).  If you cannot make it to the airport, we will welcome visitors to the house when we get settled. Please don't feel like you have to stay away :).

Nathan and I both feel as though Jesiah has been with us much longer than a week. We feel so blessed and know we have been richly blessed through this first part of bonding. We are definitely settling in and feeling as though he is ours. It's neat to see how God can change our hearts because of the unconditional love of a beautiful child. This scripture verse fits my heart perfectly.

We love him because he first loved us. 
1 John 4:19

The boys taking a nap. 

He has been such a crack up today!

Getting ready for the Pearl River cruise.

I told him the McDonald's McFlurry was all gone but he apparently didn't believe me... 

Daddy was SUPPOSED to be putting on some calming music but instead 
he put on "Surfin' in the USA" and needless to say, it wound him up. :)


  1. That scripture is full of meaning. I think I used to take it for granted until I realized that it wasn't about God's love for me, but it is also some loving instruction on how to love others. Maybe He included it just for adoptive families. What a great example we have. Praying for you guys and looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

  2. I LOVE lazy Mondays! We're having one here, too so you can feel connected back home... looking at the same moon each night, sharing lazy Mondays together, you know. ;o) Only a post like this from your best friend! lol... Love you Shell and can't wait to see you SOON and hear all about these adventures in person! I can't believe you've been gone so long. I miss you! If I could I'd just drive over to your house today!!! Give Jesiah a hug from the Ballantynes!!!