Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Day 3 (?) Sleep Deprived Goofiness and ALMOST THERE!!!!

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Why put a question mark after "Day 3"?  Our body clocks are ALL KIND OF messed up. (Chuckle)

I'm not sure what day it is.  I'm not sure I know what my name is (wink).

We awoke in Hong Kong and slowly got up.

Actually, that's not true.  We both woke off and on all night long.  Our bodies were saying, "Hey, you know it's daytime across the world! I don't care if it's dark outside.  We want to party!"

This is what I texted my husband in the wee hours of the morning.
This is the realz...no makeup and glasses so I don't strain my eyes
reading the Bible on my phone.

Yup, that's the realz.

We had to check out around 1:00 pm from our hotel, so we skipped breakfast and just snacked until then.

We actually had five hours to kill before our plane took off.

A bit of the time was taken up by our trek across the airport (train and all) to find our gate.

This one wasn't crowded.  Yesterday
we had to suck in our guts just so the train 
doors would shut.

 The scenery is beautiful, though the below pictures do not do the surroundings justice.

Of course Amy and I always find things to do.

Yes, this is what you do when you are REALLY tired and have time to kill.  No judging us for wearing the same clothes we did yesterday.  We don't have an easy way to do laundry here! (Laughing)

When we climbed on the plane we were informed there was an hour delay for our two hour flight.

The above are our shocked looks.  Okay, maybe just our "insane we've been traveling for days and think we are hilarious because we are so sleep deprived" looks.

Our guide met us at the airport.  He really seems cool.  He was actually dropped off by his driver at the wrong terminal, but still got there in time.

Side note: By the way, the weather tonight was VERY cool! (No joke, PRAISING GOD!  We still appreciate prayers for unseasonably cool weather here and in our next city.  We've been told the next city is a sauna. :-)  It's a bit silly for a prayer, but we appreciate it none the less!)

We are now at the hotel.  It's beautiful.  The room deposit we were concerned about was only $80. (Why do we worry when God has lead so obviously?)

The view is beautiful here on the 25th floor, but it's sprinkling and impossible to get a good picture.

We did receive some new info today.  

At eleven am we head to the store to get things like formula for Hope and water for us.  We receive custody of Hope~Glory tomorrow at 2 pm (between 1 and 3 am in most cities in the U.S.).  They stay with us as we sign guardianship papers for about thirty minutes.  We then receive custody (never to go back to the orphanage) and the adoption becomes official the next day.  

From what we understand, she is in a group type home with other children with Down Syndrome.  Since it's six hours away, we don't get to visit it, but we will go (before leaving this city) to see the place where they found her.

I'm so excited that I'm not sure how well I'll sleep, thus still up and blogging at 11:30 pm after two days of travel (or is it three????).

Thank you for your continued prayers.  We really do cherish them and NEED them.  Tomorrow is a HUGE and life changing day for our family.  The butterflies are erupting out of my stomach.

I will place the more immanent prayer requests above the others.  THANK YOU FRIENDS!!! GOD IS GOOD!!!!!

You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds,

    God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.

Psalm 65: 5-8

Please pray friends...
*For Hope~Glory~ Tomorrow her life WILL be rocked.  WE know it's a beautiful thing and blessing, but she is likely to be very scared.  We don't look, smell, or sound like her.  (Picture being handed to someone you don't know, have never seen before, and told they are your new family and to go with them.)
*Please pray there are no hiccups, paperwork or otherwise during this entire trip across the world. The next two days are FULL of paperwork.
*That Amy and I's bodies are strong and there is no pain and we feel AWAKE and ALERT.   Please also pray there are NO health issues period during our trip...NONE.
(Baggage made it the first leg! Thank you for continued prayers!)
*Please pray the weather stays unseasonably cool in both regions we will be in.  It's not the most important prayer, very possibly the least, but we appreciate it.  Please pray no matter what the weather it doesn't effect us negatively. (When I say "hot", I mean sticky, sweaty, steam bath, sauna, dripping wet, fogged up sunglasses hot.)
*Please pray for our kids and families hearts (ours too) and safety.  This is the hard part, leaving them.  Peace that passes understanding is a good thing.
*Please pray that there is NO lost luggage during any of our trip.  Though we pack a set of clothing in carryons, this is something we hope we don't have to face. (smile).



2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

3.  We ask for prayers also that Grace and Hope are good sleepers.  I know that may sound trivial, but knowing what can happen (we've had it both ways) we know if they can sleep (both in country and at home), transition will go much smoother.

. 4. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

5. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

6.  That we have "more than enough" for this trip.  Please pray all trip plans to land within our budget.  GOD IS GOOD! We have confidence our trip will, but prayers do NOT hurt!

7. Please pray for Thomas and I's anxiety/stress.  Life is keeping us going a million miles an hour and peace that passes understanding would be very very welcome!  (Prayers for physical strength as well for both of us)


9. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 10. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

11. That our families are safe while we are apart and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

12. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

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