Saturday, June 18, 2011

One Week Ago

One week ago today, we were waiting and waiting in an airport for our flight that didn't want to arrive. What was supposed to be a six hour layover, turned into an almost twelve hour layover, but we made it home and slowly life is falling into a new normal.

Before we carry on with the new normal, I thought I'd post some photos of our trip home. It's on our bucket list to return to the Philippines again sometime in the future, Lord willing! Loved it there!!

Running off some excess energy after our flight from Manila. One thing I can say about the Beijing airport is that it's immaculate. You could seriously eat off these floors!!

A playground in the provided some amusement for brother and sisters. This is before we moved gates three more times!
I so love flash (not)! This is the plane we thought was our plane. 
This is when the excitement was still high :o). 


and waiting...

and waiting some more.... Thank goodness for fun airport architecture -- even if you might get hurt! (No one did, thankfully)!

Napping was also a great way to pass the time!

Bella's expression when we told her no more chicken and rice. It would be steak and potatoes from now on ;o).

Finally our real plane!

I'm thrilled to say that there have been a large number of matches and calls to travel for families adopting in the past number of weeks. It's been a joy to share each of their journeys with them through a wonderful group we're privileged to be a part of. We're also still praying for all of those whom we know are waiting to be matched, whether you're adopting from the Philippines or other countries! You're in our hearts!

Love to all!


  1. I love that picture of you and Peanut. That is really sweet. I can't imagine being stranded for so long with children. Makes home all the better, I imagine.

  2. Wow! What a trip home! I've been thinking about you, praying for you all.

  3. Wow, that would have been a long wait... So glad you made it home safely! Your girls are precious and I have been blessed by your blog. :)

    I pray you have a wonderful week with your hubby, son and 6 daughters. :D Oh, can't forget the dog too! :)

  4. Oh, my dear friend, love the pictures! How kind of you to post. I don't even think I can imagine what you all endured in 12 hours of waiting but it does seem you really made the most of your circumstances.
    I was thinking and praying for you today and remembering that we were with you on Mother's day and rejoicing in God's timing...not really know what was ahead of you. How wonderful that you have the children on Father's day. I can just imagine it has been a wonderful day for the Engineer and all of you celebrating. Please give him a hug for me and wish him a very happy day!

  5. I have tears in my eyes ... your family is so incredibly beautiful.

    P.S. A very Happy Father's Day to your hubby!

  6. These pictures are great! I can't imagine waiting in an airport for 12 HOURS! So glad that you're home safe, and I pray that the girls are adjusting to your new normal. Well for everyone really... After not posting for a few days, I was really praying for your family and all the transitions! Hope you all had a fantastic Father's Day! What a wonderful way to celebrate.

    I'll continue to pray, and can't wait to hear more!!


  7. I am so happy for your family it is just so wonderful thanks for sharing your adoption experience what a blessing it just makes me smile!! It has been a privelge to pray for your family ~Glad you all made it home safe!! Have a great week Love Heather

  8. Sure looks like you did WONDERFULLY under very trying circumstances... no wonder God picked you for SEVERN CHILDREN! :D

    Hope your Father's Day was peaceful and joyful,


  9. Oops. That was supposed to be SEVEN not SEVERN... what ever "severn" is???

  10. You're home. No looking back, just forward. ;)

    Blessings, Debbie


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