Friday, April 11, 2008

Some Photos from Yesterday

One more night....

until I get to hold my sweet Vivian! Okay, I am not sure if it is adjusting to the time or just plain excitement, but it is 5am and I am wide awake!! I slept better last night than the night before. The beds are very firm and low! (not too bad-unless you really like a soft bed) Yesterday we toured Beijing. The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, a silk factory, saw an acrobatic show, Hutong tour and had a couple of fabulous meals! It was a busy 12 hours of touring and we were all exhausted by the end. Any of you that are members of our Yahoo group know all the details as told by my husband....I will not even try to give you details-he is a professional writer and kicks my butt in that area. I am so glad that I have him to help me document all the details for Vivian to see and hear about when she is older. We are travelling with 18 other families currently. So we are a very large group and make quite an impression when we are out and about in China. Today we are driving a little over 2 hours to get to the Great Wall and stopping on the way at a jade factory. We are also scheduled to visit the Sacred Way (the entrance to the tombs), but may skip that portion as we have some small children in our group and yesterdays tour really wore them out. I think the touring actually wore out most of us "big kids" also!! Our flight leaves Beijing at 7:20 tomorrow early night for us tonight. Peter just reminded me that we have 36 hours left until Vivian! I am going to go now-but feel free to ask any questions that you have and Peter and I will try to answer them. It is kind of surreal to think that our last day as a couple before we are parents will be spent walking on the Great Wall! It is an awesome thought and we could not be more excited!!

PS- I am working with Peter on the chopstick thing and he isn't as bad as he says he is! : )

Sunday, April 6, 2008

We leave tomorrow!

I wanted to do a post each day this week counting down to the day we you can tell I did not get a chance to do that. I was so busy this week and can't tell you anything that I did except pack, repack, and finish up at work. I guess that is enough to keep me busy. People keep asking me if I am ready. I feel silly saying "not really" after having over a 2 year wait and we thought it would be under a year, but it is true. I can also tell you that if I had another month to wait I could still say "not really". I will be preparing for the trip until I walk out the door and then continue when we get back. If I got every detail done that I feel might need to be done I would have either drove my husband crazy or had to be on medication for my anxiety. I prioritized what needed to be done and paced myself. During the "hard" months of waiting I did not get a lot accomplished. My heart would not let me and I had to preserve my strength for when I needed it. I can tell you that the month between referral and travel is the shortest and longest all at the same time. There is more paperwork than I thought there would be. I will end my ramblings now so I can get ready for church and will try to write one more time before we are in China. I will be updating the yahoo group daily while in China and might post here also if I can.

So, Am I ready?!

Ready enough!!! Let's go to China!!