Yesterday was a roller-coaster of emotion.
Before we even headed down to breakfast, we got a phone call from our guide, Helen. Chris took the call.
Despite the fact that I was all the way across the room, I could make out a few words.
Our plans for the day – to visit the Great Wall – came to a grinding halt.
After several calls from our guide, each with additional bits of information, it was decided that there was nothing we could do from our hotel room (besides climbing the walls).
We were promised that we would be updated immediately with any news.
The best thing to do was to go ahead with our original plans.
As hesitant as I was at first, by the time we set foot on the Great Wall, I was so glad we’d decided to go.
It is a spectacular sight to behold.
Sophie was pretty impressed, too.
And it was on top of the Great Wall that we got the call with the much-prayed-for news that Clementine would indeed be well enough to be in our arms in Changsha on Monday.
And not in Beijing in a hospital bed.
Grateful for continued prayers for sweet Clementine. For her health and for her heart as she transitions from the familiar to the frighteningly unfamiliar.
Please pray for our hearts, too. That we would be completely surrendered to God’s perfect plan in bringing this precious child into our family forever. That we would love her in the way that He has loved us. Lavishly. And with abandon.
Tomorrow morning her health will be evaluated again and it will be determined if she will come here by plane (if she is able) or by high-speed train.
We won’t know until then what time we will finally hold our girl for the first time.
We just want her here, in our arms, safe and sound.
We love because He first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
I am so very thankful that your baby girl is better. Praying for you guys often. Love all your pictures. Love your heart. Love you.
XO XO XO
Can’t wait to see her in your arms. Grateful for our time in Hebrews as I know God’s truths from that book are now deep in your heart…for such a time as this.
Praying for the perfect plan to place her in your arms.
What rollercoaster of a day! I am praying daily for you guys, for health and safety, and that The Lord would bless your time there.
We met one of our treasures in Changsha….so can picture you there! Praying for you and Clementine!
Cathy Sue Smith says
Praying and waiting for God’s answers!
Diana Rouse says
Steph, It’s Clementine eve… God has called you to her at this time.. Praying that your/her special day will be sweet, and filled with hope… We met a special spicey girl in that Civil Affairs Office.. When she came off the elevator our lives were forever changed.. Our hearts grew bigger than we ever thought possible that day… Praying the same and so much more for you! Blessings and prayers being lifted up from MN! ~Love, Diana
Stephanie we will pray healing over Clementine. My heart was very happy today when I read that she was in Changsha. We were just there and in the baby room there was a little Down syndrome sweetie that we Iaid hands on and prayed for and cried over while we were there. I prayed for that little one to find a family. I got tears reading that your daughter was in Changsha because I think it is the little one we prayed over. God listens and is defender of the fatherless and I am so happy she will have a family soon. Thanking God and praying healing.
I meant to say Chenzhou. We stayed in Changsha. So sorry. Praying over your sweet girl!!!!! Missing China already.
Thank you for sharing. Praying for Clementine and your family!
Kirsten Westbrook says
I have been praying for your sweet girl. I may be completely wrong but it seems like maybe you are a bit unsure how it will be loving this new little one with that something extra or how she may be with you.. I’m sure all that will be washed away when you see her (as you likely know from experience) and I can almost guarantee that at some point you will ask yourself why didn’t we adopt a child with DS before? You are about to receive one of the biggest most amazing blessings of your life. :)) The love she will bring into your family is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. I can’t say enough good as we have 5 little amazing blessings with that something extra, too. Can’t wait to see pics of her with y’all!! Continued prayers for Clementine.
So glad Clementine is well enough to travel. Praying for her and your family
Praying for your sweet Babe! He is all over this trip.
Love from MN. ~ Jo
So happy for you guys…. It was this exact time last year we were standing right where you all are getting ready to meet our sweet Hadley for the last time! We will be praying for you all all the way! Tell Helen we send greetings from Kentucky, she was our guide too.
So glad y’all got to go. Special pictures and memories for Sophie! Praying for you now, as it’s already Clementine Day in China! Expecting to hear great things soon. Much love from all of us!
Oh, I can barely wait to see Clementine with ya’ll safe and sound!
Praying for you all! Your family is about to be SO blessed! Again!
What a special trip for the three of you! Sophie looks beautiful with those long braids!
I hope you enjoy your time in China. I love and miss it so much.
Kathleen Denny says
Prayers from here, know your girl is in Gods hands and so are y’all. Sophie is so precious, she will be such a help with Clementine! Hugs! Kathleen
we pray for Clementine and for your family. Take care. Hope to read some good news very soon.
A Coffey says
Praying for you all!! Both of our girls are from Hunan Province so we have been in Changsha twice. Which hotel are you staying at? We stayed at the Dolton twice but heard there were several other nice places.